If you’ve recently purchased braces for your child, then you definitely understand that these are a major investment. Making sure your child takes care of his or her braces is critical as it ensures they’ll have a healthy, beautiful smile in the near future. When your son or daughter eats sticky candies, chews bubble gum or doesn’t thoroughly floss, the braces could break or become damaged. Let’s explore what foods should be avoided and how to maintain braces so your child ends up with a flawless smile.
- Brush, Brush & Brush Again!
Since food particles easily get trapped in the braces, leading to cavities and acid buildup, your child should brush his or her teeth at least four times per day. So, when is it best to brush?
- In the morning after breakfast
- After lunch
- After school
- After dinner
By getting an extra scrub in, this ensure that braces won’t be damaged and the mouth will be free of cavities.
- Floss with Some Other Tools
Flossing is essential but it’s tricky when braces are involved. Brackets and rubber bands get in the way so try out some other methods such as dental picks, superfloss or floss threaders. Waterpiks are also a tremendous investment that work wonders.
- Swap Out Toothbrushes Every 2 Months
If you didn’t already know this (and we hope you do) your toothbrush should be switched out every three months. Since your child will be brushing the braces frequently, the brackets will damage the toothbrush over time. Bristles often get frayed and the head loses shape so make sure to change the toothbrush every two months or so.
- Gurgle Water
Sometimes getting rid of food caught in braces can seem like a very long struggle. However, swishing water after every meal is going to loosen up the debris. Then all that needs to be done is brushing and flossing!
- Avoid These Foods…
This is always the worst news to children and teens but yes, there are some delicious treats that must be avoided.
- Tootsie Rolls
- Jolly Ranchers
- Hard Bread
If you have questions about your child’s braces or you’d like to schedule a consultation, give us a call at 603.624.3900. Our pediatric dentist and orthodontists have years of experience providing exceptional dental services.