The use of braces or braces to smooth the arrangement of teeth is increasingly found in various age groups. Although effective, braces are at risk of causing health problems when not properly treated.
Dental plaque is a problem that is often experienced by brace users. This is due to vulnerable food waste tucked between the braces. Therefore, the cleanliness of the oral cavity should be strictly observed when using braces.
How to Take Care of Dental Health for Braces Users
Some things need to be considered by the user of braces so that the cleanliness of the oral cavity is always well maintained, among others:
1. How to Brush Your Teeth
Brush your teeth using a fluffy toothbrush and toothpaste containing fluoride. For the upper teeth, brush the teeth with a movement from top to bottom. Instead, for the lower teeth, brush them with movement from the bottom up. This movement is performed on each tooth. Then, use special little toothbrush braces to clean the dirt between the braces.
2. How to clean between teeth (flossing)
Cleaning between the teeth in the braces user does take longer, which is about 10-15 minutes. This activity is done once a day, using special threads (dental floss) containing wax. Here are the things to note when flossing teeth for brace users:
- Use a long enough thread, which is approximately 50 cm, with one end of the thread wrapped around the index finger.
- Flossing your teeth in front of the mirror, making it easier to steer
- Insert a thread between the tooth and the brace.
- Press the thread gently into between the teeth and make an up-and-down motion, such as forming the letter U.
- Remove the thread gently from between the teeth.
- Perform this movement between the next teeth.
3. Use of oral irrigators
Oral irrigator or water flosser is a special tool for cleaning between teeth and the part of the tooth bordering the gums. It sprays water with steady pressure to clean the remains of food.
In addition to cleaning your teeth properly, also pay attention to the type of food consumed. No need to worry, many types of food that you can still consume despite using braces. You just need to avoid foods with a hard texture, sweet foods, and sticky foods (e.g. chewing gum). In addition to damaging the braces, these types of foods also cause the formation of dental plaque that eventually becomes a bad breath.
Consult the dentist about the correct treatment when wearing braces. If you experience any complaints of tooth pain or shifting braces, visit your dentist immediately.