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How to Prevent Bad Breath with Braces

Having braces can be enough of a challenge, and having bad breath with braces can be even more challenging. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent and manage bad breath while wearing your braces.

What Causes Bad Breath with Braces?

Braces don’t cause bad breath. That’s the good news. The reason why you may develop bad breath with braces is because it’s harder to maintain your oral hygiene. The brackets, wires, and bands give food particles plenty of places to hide. Toothbrushes and floss can’t always reach these little hiding places.

Unfortunately, this means that bacteria in your mouth have plenty to eat, and they multiply quickly. Bacteria are stinky little fellows. As they eat, bacteria release sulphur, and you find yourself with a sudden problem of bad breath. The bacteria not only cause an unpleasant odor, but also an unusual taste in your mouth. Additionally, the bacteria can reach your gum line and break down the bone. So, let’s look at ways to keep those bacteria under control while you have braces.

Tips for Preventing Bad Breath with Braces

The goal of oral hygiene with braces is to adapt your normal practices to prevent trapped food particles.

1. Brush After Every Meal

Expect food to get caught in your braces every time you eat, even if it’s just a small snack or sweet treat. Brushing is still the best way to prevent food particles from hanging around until the bacteria comes along. Get in the habit of carrying an extra toothbrush and small tube of toothpaste with you at all times. This way you don’t have to wait until you get home to brush.

2. Floss at Least One Time Each Day

As you look at your braces in the mirror, flossing may seem like an impossible task. With practice, though, you can do a great job. Using normal floss with braces is hard. Instead, use pre-threaded flossers. We can recommend some brands that work well with braces. Waterpiks® are also good for getting tiny food particles from between your teeth when you have braces.

3. Use Mouthwash

Mouthwash makes your breath fresh. Keep a small bottle with you, and use it each time after you brush your teeth. Choose a mouthwash that also helps to prevent cavities.

4. Use Breath Mints

Breath mints won’t do much to address the root cause of your bad breath, namely, bacteria. But the mints are great for those situations where you feel a little uncomfortable about your breath. Use a sugar-free mint. Sugar is a favorite food for bacteria.

5. Keep Seeing Your Dentist

It is very important to continue seeing your regular dentist when you have braces. Not only do you need regular checkups, but also cleanings. Your hygienist keeps an eye on your gums for any signs of problems, such as cavities. The cleanings remove plaque from your teeth to protect the bone.

Learn More About Oral Hygiene with Braces

We are always here to help you feel more confident and comfortable with your braces and other orthodontic treatments. If you are bothered by bad breath while wearing braces, contact us to schedule an appointment.

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