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How to Keep Your Family’s Teeth Healthy This New Year

Posted by Dr. Hisham Badawi | January 10 2020

Almost every year millions of people around the world make their new year’s resolution surrounding their health, and rightly so! Did you know that in order to have a healthy body you have to have a healthy mouth? Your oral health has a huge impact on the rest of your body and even your mental health.


Implement a Routine


Having a good oral health care routine at home is the best way to maintain a healthy mouth, especially with braces.

Brush After Every Meal: With braces, it is important to brush after every meal so food doesn’t get stuck in your teeth and sit there all day. Brushing will help lower your risk of tooth decay and cavities.

Floss: Bringing floss with you wherever you go is a great idea! After your brush your teeth, flossing those hard to brush areas will ensure your mouth is clean. It is also important to floss every night before you go to bed in case you have any lingering food particles stuck in your teeth.

Mouthwash: Using the right mouthwash will help strengthen your tooth enamel, naturally lighten your teeth and leave your mouth feeling clean. Mouthwash is a great tool for those with braces, if you have anything in your braces chances are mouth wash will remove it and help keep your teeth happy and healthy.


Consult With Your Orthodontist


It is recommended your child sees an orthodontist before the age of seven, that is why we believe in visiting a child-friendly office. The first few visits in the dental chair will set the tone for the rest of your child’s life, make the dentist an exciting visit.

Child-Friendly Staff: A child-friendly dental office is properly equipped to speak to your child and calm their nerves during their visit. They will also ensure they stress the importance of oral care in a way your child understands.

Positive Outlook: Your child will less likely suffer from dental anxiety if they are visiting a dental professional from an early age. This will come in handy down the road when they are older, they will benefit from understanding why oral health is so important.

Good Oral Hygiene: The sooner your child starts understanding the importance of their oral health, the sooner they will start taking actions to keep their mouth and teeth clean.

Starting to practice good oral care at a young age means they are less likely they are to run into serious problems later on.


Use Proper Tools


It is important to consider the tools you are using when caring for your braces. Not every oral care product was made with braces in mind, some can even cause damage to your treatment. Make sure you are purchasing braces-friendly oral hygiene products for the best clean.

Water Flosser: A water flosser is a great tool for braces, they allow for high power cleanings that benefit both your teeth and gums.

Braces-Friendly Tooth Brush: A toothbrush with a smaller head and soft bristles are ideal for braces. The smaller head easily allows the brush to get into hard to reach areas while the soft bristles are gentle on your teeth and braces but strong enough to provide a good clean.

Mouthwash: When choosing a braces-friendly mouthwash, it is important to read the labels much like toothpaste. You do not want anything that will whiten your teeth! The best mouth wash for braces is fluoride mouthwashes.


Have a Balanced Diet


Eating well is an important part of successful orthodontic treatment, consuming tooth-healthy foods will prevent tooth decay and cavities as well as broken brackets.

Fruits and Veggies: Fruits and veggies are superfoods for your entire body, including your teeth! Carrots are nature’s toothbrush. They help clean and massage your gums while killing bacteria that would give you bad breath.

Water: Water helps promote saliva production which prevents tooth decay and cavities.

Limited Sweets: Limiting your sweets intake is never a bad idea, especially when it comes to gummies! These sweet treats can get stuck in your brackets allowing cavities and tooth decay to take over. After eating orthodontic approved sweets, it’s always a good idea to have some water after!


Topics: Orthodontics, Invisalign, Braces

Written by Dr. Hisham Badawi

An accomplished clinician, researcher, speaker and subject matter expert, with broad, in-depth and hands-on experience in many verticals within the healthcare space including technology applications in clinical practice, clinical research, biomechanics, bioinformatics, intellectual property, software development, clinical data sciences, and healthcare data privacy regulations.

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