Although your oral health – and the oral health of your kids – has always been important, it becomes even more critical once you are caring for braces. Braces are affixed to your teeth, which can make it more difficult to properly brush and floss during your treatment time. After you get your braces, your orthodontist will tell you what you should and shouldn’t eat or drink, but you may have questions about taking good care of your teeth.
Many adults – especially parents whose kids have recently gotten braces – start looking for toothpaste that will be the most effective with braces. Here’s a breakdown of toothpastes, plus some of the benefits you get depending on the formula.
Most toothpaste types (paste, gel and even powder) have similar ingredients. They include the abrasive agents, which can be described as the nitty-gritty part of the paste that removes the food particles. The flavor can be mint, bubblegum, or anything in between that attracts adults and kids. The detergents cause the toothpaste to foam, and the thickener is what keeps the paste in the tube until you squeeze it out.
What Should Your Toothpaste Contain?
Some ingredients are must-haves for people who are wearing braces. First, always be sure that the toothpaste you use has fluoride, because it helps to strengthen your teeth’s enamel and protect against acid erosion, which defends you from cavities and other oral health problems.
Also, check to ensure that you have a toothpaste with tartar control. This ingredient helps to brush plaque away from your teeth before it hardens into tartar, which can harm both your teeth and gums.
What Kind of Toothpaste Should You Choose When You Wear Braces?
Your toothpaste should contain fluoride and a tartar control formula, but the most important thing to remember when you are wearing braces is to brush and floss regularly, three times a day. Although food is more likely to get stuck in your braces, making it more difficult to keep your teeth clean, a regular routine will keep your teeth and gums healthy during your treatment. Be sure not to eat foods with too much sugar (this means drinks, too) and to avoid hard, sticky foods. Remember to continue seeing your general dentist every six months. If you have any questions about the care of your braces, ask your orthodontist.
King Orthodontics offers complete care for adults, teens, and kids who require treatment. Visit today for a consultation to talk to one of our orthodontists at our Wexford, Pittsburgh, or new Bridgeville location.