People wearing braces face a few challenges people not wearing braces don't need to deal with. One of the biggest challenges orthodontic patients face is maintaining good oral hygiene throughout their treatment progress. While it's easy to do a great job of brushing and flossing when you're not wearing braces, the task is a bit more difficult when there are metal bands and wires in the way.
A common problem for people wearing braces is bad breath or halitosis. While anyone can get bad breath due to a variety of reasons including eating certain foods or using tobacco products, orthodontic patients with halitosis often have unpleasant smelling breath due to a build-up of bacteria on the teeth in all the nooks and crannies making up their braces.
If you're wearing braces and have noticed that your breath doesn't smell fresh, the cause of your bad breath is most likely due to you not brushing away all the food particles and built up plaque that's on the surfaces of your teeth and in all those crevices around your brackets and wires.
How to Battle Bad Breath
To make your breath fresh again, be extra diligent with your oral hygiene routine. When you're wearing braces, you should be brushing your teeth four times per day and flossing at least once, preferably at bedtime. Make it a point to spend 2 minutes each time you brush so you're sure to brush all the surfaces of your teeth and in and around your appliances.
Another effective way of fighting bad breath when you're wearing braces is to use an anti-bacterial mouth rinse regularly. We recommend using Peroxyl, as this mouth rinse fights bacteria and helps reduce any irritation/inflammation of your gums and cheeks caused by your braces. You can use Peroxyl up to four times each day following your brushing schedule after meals and before bedtime.
If you're an orthodontic patient who hasn't gotten bad breath, then you deserve a big pat on the back because that means you're probably a brushing and flossing champion! Dr. Lingenbrink and his staff are proud of all our patients who do a great job of brushing and flossing as maintaining good oral hygiene is so important – whether you have braces on your teeth or not!
If you have any questions about oral hygiene or your treatment, please don't hesitate to contact us at one of our three orthodontic offices in Bremerton, Port Orchard or Gig Harbor WA as we're always happy to talk with you!