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Orthodontic Braces Need Consistent Oral Hygiene as They Correct the Alignment of Your Teeth

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The traditional orthodontic braces installed by Dr. Muhammad Abey includes brackets, wires, bands, and other hardware components that are secured in your mouth to help correct the alignment of your teeth. This is done by attending routine adjustments to have your braces tightened as they gradually reposition your teeth.

If some part of your braces is damaged or you suffer from cavities, the complications and treatment process could alter the tension being applied to your teeth. This can significantly increase the amount of time it takes to fully correct the alignment of your teeth.

If twice daily brushing and your evening flossing session don’t prove effective at thoroughly cleaning your teeth and braces there are a few special oral hygiene tools you might want to try.

The small, angled brush head of an interdental brush can help remove food material from some of the hard to reach areas around braces hardware. It can be especially helpful for freeing small food particles from bands and spacers.

An oral irrigator device like Waterpik® creates a stream of water that can help loosen and wash away food particles and plaque. Just keep in mind that this is not a viable alternative to flossing.

Incorporating waxed dental floss in a floss threader can help you work the strand between teeth and around the gumline. This is especially helpful for flossing under braces wires.

If you had braces installed at Dr. Muhammad Abey’s orthodontic clinic in Wayne, New Jersey, and you have concerns about how to maintain good oral hygiene practices, you can always call 973-341-3180 to speak to one of the specialists at Wayne Family Orthodontics.

How Can I Prevent Enamel Erosion and Cavities?

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You deserve a top-notch smile and oral health. Unfortunately, if you’re not careful, dental issues can attack your teeth and gums and provide serious consequences. A couple of those issue include enamel erosion and cavities. As you may have already guessed, it’s best to avoid these issues as much as possible. To help you do just that, our orthodontist, Dr. Muhammad Abey, and our dental team have the right tips and information for you.

First, avoid tooth-harming foods and drinks. Those include acidic and sugary products. This is important because acidic products attack the tooth enamel and wear it down, making it weak. Sugary products feed the bacteria and promote tooth decay. So, do your best to avoid these things and stick to foods and drinks like water, milk, dairy products, fruits, and vegetables. If you do eat or drink something acidic, please wait 30 minutes to brush your teeth.

Second, keep up on oral hygiene and take advantage of fluoride. You can do this by brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, rinsing daily, and visiting your dentist every six months. You can take advantage of fluoride by using fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash and drinking tap water. Fluoride is a natural mineral that can strengthen your teeth and save your smile.

To learn more about how to prevent enamel erosion and cavities in Wayne, New Jersey, please contact our dental team at Wayne Family Orthodontics. All you need to do is dial 973-341-3180 and we will be thrilled to assist you. We look forward to your phone call!