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Straight Smiles: How Braces Will Improve Your Kids’ Dental Hygiene

Most people do not have naturally straight teeth, but everyone wants that flashy Hollywood smile. You can easily achieve that Hollywood smile that you desire by using braces. Braces will not only give you a boost in confidence but they also have other oral benefits. While oral hygiene is important for everyone, it is more critical kids wearing braces. Food particles can easily get trapped in the braces hence the need for oral hygiene.

Here Is How Braces Can Boost Your Kid’s Oral Health

Easier Flossing

Flossing and brushing crooked or crowded teeth can be a challenge especially in the hard to reach areas. Some areas might not be cleaned creating a perfect environment for plaque and bacteria to build up and then turn into tartar. If this happens tooth decay and gum disease is inevitable. With braces however, crooked teeth will straighten eliminating all those hard to reach areas. With teeth straightened flossing and brushing of all the surfaces is significantly easier hence better oral hygiene.

Bite Correction

Braces are often used to correct a bad bite. A bad bite will affect your child’s ability to chew properly which causes unnecessary wear and tear of the teeth’s enamel. Worn out enamel can lead to damaged issues and even jaw problems. These problems can be prevented by wearing braces.

Diet Control

Very hard and sticky food can damage braces. They can cause broken wires that do not work as effectively as they should. When one gets fitted with braces he is asked to avoid hard foods such as candies and nuts. They are encouraged to eat healthy foods such as fruits. They are therefore encouraged to cut down on foods that could not only cause damage to the braces but also to the teeth. One is encouraged to cut down foods with excess sugar such as sweets, caramels among others that can easily get stuck in the braces. Some foods can accidentally bend the wires and interfere with the braces. Some of these foods include nuts, ice, hard candy and also sticky food such as chewing gum, caramel, and other chewy candy.

Daily Maintenance

Daily brushing and flossing are essential in keeping a healthy smile, but it is critical while wearing braces. With braces, food can easily get stuck and if left without cleaning it can cause bacteria build up. Those with braces are therefore encouraged to brush after every meal and floss on a daily basis. While it can be hard to clean around there are some tools that one can use to effectively clean such as a soft-bristled toothbrush or an electric toothbrush.

Flossing on a daily basis can be challenging but one can use special products such as floss threaders or other kinds of floss to clean between the wires and the gums. After brushing and flossing, it is wise to rinse the mouth using mouthwash so as to prevent cavities as well as white spots. Since they are expected to brush and floss more often they can maintain good oral hygiene.

Regular Professional Care

After installation of braces in Fairmont, WV or wherever you happen to live, one is expected to visit their orthodontists on a regular basis. Even with the regular visits to the orthodontist, visits to the dentist are more crucial than ever. Your dentist will make sure that teeth remain healthy by cleaning them, examinations as well as preventative care. The dentist will make sure that you have proper oral hygiene.

There are many reasons why you should get your kids to wear braces. Braces are not all about straightening crooked teeth but they also play a role in encouraging oral hygiene.

Tim Esterdahl

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