One of the challenges that comes with wearing braces is how to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy, especially working around those wires and brackets. Regular brushing and flossing is key, even though extra time is required to thread floss between each tooth.
Pittsburgh-based King Orthodontist often is asked about tips on how to maintain proper oral heathcare while under treatment.
What about using a WaterPik?
Do WaterPiks work to help clean teeth and gums? The short answer is yes, they are handy. However, nothing replaces the effectiveness of flossing.
While using a WaterPik:
- Water can’t penetrate between crowded teeth
- Removal of food is not adequate, leading to decay and gum disease
- Flossing is more effective in removing particles along the gumline
Use a WaterPik to supplement your oral heathcare, not replace brushing and flossing
WaterPiks serve a purpose. They are terrific at dislodging large pieces of food from under wires and between tight places. However, you should always follow up your routine with regular brushing and flossing.
Shortcuts lead to problems down the road
Without taking proper care of your teeth and gums while wearing braces, you run the risk of a multitude of problems. Your teeth may be aligned perfectly, but your gums will be red and puffy, bleeding easily—signs of gum disease. Not only that, spots can form that will detract from your beautiful smile–a result of poor oral care.
Have questions? Call King Orthodontics today to inquire about other tips that ensure healthy teeth and gums and result in a sparkly smile you’re proud to display.