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If you have braces in Meridian, Idaho, then there are things you need to do in order to stay on track toward your perfect smile. Unfortunately, there are dental issues that can make orthodontic treatment difficult and delay your treatment time. So, to maintain a top-notch smile and oral health during treatment, our Howell Orthodontics orthodontic team encourages you to do all you can to avoid these dental issues:

Tooth decay: Because your smile can be tricky to clean when you have braces, food particles and plaque can stay trapped in your smile and promote cavities. This is why it’s so important to properly clean your smile each and every day. It’s also best to brush and floss after each meal and snack so you can prevent this dental issue.

Gum disease: Again, because your smile can be tricky to clean when you have braces, the plaque on your teeth won’t be removed on a regular basis. When the plaque resides for a long period of time, it can irritate the gums. After some time, the plaque can turn into tartar and can infect your smile, creating severe gum disease.

Sensitivity: Your teeth will usually feel sensitive when you have braces. This is because your smile isn’t used to having braces cemented to it. The sensitivity might also be caused by enamel erosion or gingivitis. So, to help with this issue, you can use fluoride or desensitizing toothpaste every time you brush.

Bad breath: If you don’t clean your smile on a regular basis, the food particles that get trapped can start to cause bad breath. This can be prevented if you clean your teeth and tongue often and rinse your mouth with mouthwash.

If you deeply clean your smile on a regular basis and attend your routine cleaning and exam with your dentist, you’ll be on the right track toward a clean and healthy smile while you straighten your teeth. To learn more or to ask your orthodontist, Dr. Jason Howell, a question, please feel free to call our office at 208-893-5151 at your earliest convenience. We are happy to help you!