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Orthodontic treatment is very beneficial, especially because it can help you reach the smile of your dreams. However, there are some things that can make your treatment a little less than pleasant and can even delay your treatment time. So, if you want a strong and healthy smile while you straighten your chompers, our orthodontist, Dr. Shelley Tretter, and orthodontic team encourage you to avoid these dental issues as much as possible:

Tooth decay: Because your smile can be tricky to clean when you have braces, food particles and plaque can stay trapped in your smile and promote cavities. This is why it’s so important to properly clean your smile each and every day. It’s also best to brush and floss after each meal and snack so you can prevent this dental issue.

Gum disease: Again, because your smile can be tricky to clean when you have braces, the plaque on your teeth won’t be removed on a regular basis. When the plaque resides for a long period of time, it can irritate the gums. After some time, the plaque can turn into tartar and can infect your smile, creating severe gum disease.

Sensitivity: Your teeth will usually feel sensitive when you have braces. This is because your smile isn’t used to having braces cemented to it. The sensitivity might also be caused by enamel erosion or gingivitis. So, to help with this issue, you can use fluoride or desensitizing toothpaste every time you brush.

Bad breath: If you don’t clean your smile on a regular basis, the food particles that get trapped can start to cause bad breath. This can be prevented if you clean your teeth and tongue often and rinse your mouth with mouthwash.

Keeping up on oral hygiene, visiting your dentist regularly, and taking good care of your smile and braces will help you avoid these dental issues. If you have any questions or if you would like to learn more about how to prevent dental issues when you have braces in Cincinnati, Ohio, please call our office today at 513-697-9999 and schedule an appointment at Shelley A Tretter DMD MS INC. We look forward to helping you!