Importance of Plaque Control During Orthodontic Treatment
Keeping teeth clean while wearing dental braces is challenging; but with the proper care and following the instructions given by your dentist, your orthodontic treatment will result in healthy teeth and a bright smile.
Scheduled visits to monitor and update the teeth straightening process do not take the place of dental exams and professional cleanings. Plaque removal must be maintained, and your dental provider is critical to helping you preserve your oral health while wearing braces.
Start with a clean slate; visit your dentist prior to having braces applied. This dental visit will allow all plaque to be removed; an exam will assure no untreated decay is present.
After braces are put in place, your dentist will demonstrate the most effective way to floss. The task of flossing may seem cumbersome, but it is an important step in controlling plaque build-up between teeth and at the gum line.
Plaque starts out sticky, and is attributed to the sugars and acids left behind in the foods & beverages consumed. If allowed to sit on teeth, this once sticky substance turns hard. At this point, no amount of brushing or flossing will budge it; only your dental provider has the tools needed to remove hardened plaque.
Brushing and flossing are important to everyone’s dental health. Plaque is the leading cause attributed to dental decay and gum disease. Diligent brushing and flossing will aid in the control of plaque growth, and is particularly important during orthodontic care. Those braces may be staying in place for years allowing multiple nooks and spaces for plaque to accumulate.
You’re wearing braces to straighten your teeth to promote better dental health; so do the best you can to make sure your teeth and gums stay healthy during orthodontic treatment.
For more information or to schedule a visit, contact Erickson Dental at 972-717-0077.