Do you have braces? While most people wear them to boost their smiles, with these metal contraptions also come extra ways to get bad breath.
Let’s face it – wearing braces isn’t always the easiest thing in the world and having a foul-smelling odor coming out of your mouth while they are on can be a nightmare. But there is no reason to worry!
With this post, we will be discussing how you can beat not just bad breath but the entire struggle that comes with wearing dental braces. So keep reading if you want to learn more about how to avoid getting smelly during this tricky dental experience!
Eat A Well-Balanced Diet
Wearing dental braces can be a real breath of fresh air for your smile, but not necessarily for your breath. The brackets and wires can be like a trap for food particles and bacteria, leading to some pretty funky odors.
But fear not, my friend! You can keep your breath minty fresh by following a healthy diet. Skip the sugary and starchy snacks that bacteria love and opt for crunchy fruits and veggies like apples and carrots that act like natural toothbrushes.
And, don’t forget to drink plenty of water to wash away any lingering bacteria. Avoiding dry mouth-inducing drinks like alcohol and caffeine will also keep your breath from going stale.
Avoid Sugary Drinks
Drinking non-sugary drinks is one way to help combat bad breath while wearing dental braces. Sugary beverages such as soda and fruit juice should be avoided, as they provide a breeding ground for bacteria and can lead to plaque buildup.
Instead, choose non-sugary drinks such as water, unsweetened tea, and sugar-free drinks. Drinking water throughout the day helps to flush out bacteria and keep the mouth hydrated, which is particularly important when wearing braces.
Unsweetened tea contains polyphenols that have been shown to reduce the buildup of bacteria in the mouth and freshen breath. Chewing sugar-free gum can also help freshen breath, as it stimulates saliva production, which helps wash away bacteria and neutralize bad odors.
It’s important to avoid drinks that cause dry mouth, as dry mouth can increase the risk of bad breath.
Regular Brushing And Flossing Of Teeth
Braces are like a playground for food particles and bacteria to have a party in your mouth. But don’t let them have all the fun! Regular brushing and flossing are your secret weapons in keeping your breath fresh and your smile dazzling.
Brush after every meal, using a toothbrush that’s soft enough for your delicate brackets and wires. Get in there and brush like you’re on a mission to save the world from bad breath!
Flossing is also crucial in removing any pesky food bits that have set up camp in your braces. Use a floss threader or interdental brush to get in between the brackets and wires, and don’t forget to floss between all your teeth.
Think of it as a game of dental hide-and-seek. And don’t forget the mouthwash! It’s like a refreshing party favor for your mouth that kills any lingering bacteria and leaves you feeling minty fresh. With a little effort and attention to detail, you’ll be the superhero of fresh breath in no time.
Visiting Your Dentist Regularly
Regular visits to the dentist can help keep your breath fresh, even with braces. Your dentist will be your trusty sidekick in the fight against bad breath, inspecting your mouth for signs of evil bacteria and providing you with a personalized oral hygiene plan that will make your breath smell like sunshine and daisies.
During your visit, your dentist will also check out your braces to make sure they’re doing their job and not causing any trouble. And if they spot any issues, they’ll be ready to swoop in and save the day with their superhero dental skills. Plus, they can professionally clean your teeth, removing any pesky plaque or tartar buildup that can lead to bad breath.
But wait, there’s more! If you’re still struggling with bad breath, your dentist will be like a detective, sleuthing out any underlying health issues that may be causing it. They’ll be your partner in crime in solving the mystery of your bad breath and finding a solution that works for you.
So, don’t let braces be the villain of your breath story. Call on your trusty dentist to be your breath superhero, and together you’ll fight the forces of bad breath and emerge victorious!