When you got your braces on, you knew it wasn’t going to be a quick, easy process. You also were told by Dr. Shelley Tretter that, in order to preserve oral health and ensure that your braces are on for as short a time as possible, you’d need to practice vigilant oral health.
With the holiday season just ahead of us, let’s take a refresher course on what you can do to make sure your braces and teeth are healthy in light of all the food you’ll no doubt be eating.
Avoid the sticky food
Cranberry sauces may be one of your favorite Thanksgiving Day foods, but if you have braces on this year, you’ll have to skip that and other sticky foods. Cleaning your braces after a Thanksgiving-sized helping of anything sticky will take a long time. And you’d rather be napping or watching football than cleaning your teeth after Thanksgiving Dinner, right?
With how much more food you eat this time of year, it also makes sense to floss more after the big meals. You can use your regular flossing technique with which you’re most comfortable, or you can supplement that with a water flosser. This will help get a lot of the bigger chunks of food unstuck from between your braces so all you have to do is floss to remove plaque.
The holidays are supposed to a be an enjoyable time of year. You don’t want to have any problems with your braces to ruin an otherwise great time.
If you have any more questions about your braces and caring for them this time of year, call us today at 513-697-9999.