It’s the most wonderful time of the year….! But if you’re undergoing treatment for braces, this can seem a bit of a daunting time as you might think you can’t enjoy some of your favourite Christmas foods…. But don’t fret as we’ve compiled a list of Christmas Christmas tips as well as general tips on how to stay healthy during your orthodontic treatment period.
Cheese – You’ll be pleased to hear that cheese is in the ‘yes’ column when it comes to foods you can enjoy with braces. Dairy is also generally good for your teeth as it is full of calcium which strengthens tooth enamel (the protective coating over your teeth). Bring on the Christmas cheeseboards!
Turkey – Turkey is low in fat and full of nutrients that render your teeth and bones strong and stimulates the production of saliva which can protect against cavities.
Pumpkin – More of a Thanksgiving food but pumpkin is a great festive choice of sweet, full of vitamin A which helps keep your gums and teeth healthy.
Invest in a timer
During your orthodontic treatment, it’s essential that you give your teeth the utmost care. This means brushing thoroughly for 2 minutes a day twice a day (at least)! Having a timer can make it easier to keep track of how long you’ve brushed and ensure that your brushing routine is regimental.
Adjust your brushing routine
As mentioned above, it’s important to have a rigid brushing routine. However, you should also be aiming to brush after each time you eat. This is because food particles become very easily lodged in between the brackets of your brace and in between your teeth and if these are left in your mouth long enough they will cause decay. Did you know bacteria begins to form a mere 3 hours after you eat? As you are more susceptible during orthodontic treatment, you should be sure to remove any debris as quickly as possible so that any further complications such as periodontitis to evolve.
Use a small toothbrush
A smaller toothbrush with smaller and softer bristles will access food particles more easily and allow you to cover more of your tooth surfaces.
It’s notoriously difficult to floss during orthodontic treatment. However, you can work around this by using waterfloss which is clinically proven to be more effective than regular floss for people with braces as it is much easier to manoeuvre between the gaps in your teeth.
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