Bad breath, also known as halitosis that develops only after getting braces is almost certainly caused by poor oral hygiene. Braces make it easier for food to get stuck in the small spaces around the teeth. Bacteria feeds on those food particles. Your braces give bacteria many more crevices to hide in. That’s why it is so important to increase your focus on oral hygiene. Here are five tips for better breath when you have braces.
Here are five tips for better breath when you have braces.
Brush and Floss Often
Brush your teeth first thing in the morning, after each meal and snack, and before you go to bed. Floss daily using a threader to help remove food particles and plaque buildup.
Use an antibacterial mouthwash as part of your oral daily dental hygiene routine to help fight bad breath, plaque, and gingivitis. Mouthwash gets into the spaces between your teeth (especially after flossing), and also kills germs and bacteria that still remain in your mouth.
Dehydration can increase the chances of bad breath greatly. This is due to the fact that a dry mouth inhibits the production of saliva, which helps remove bacteria and excess food particles. Drink a lot of water throughout the day to keep your mouth constantly clean.
If you still feel self-conscious about having bad breath, then you can use the help of mouth fresheners or breath mints. Avoid gum and sticky sweets while you have braces!
Regular Orthodontic Visits
Regular dental cleanings and orthodontic examinations are crucial when you have braces. Those will help you stay away from any tooth or gum problems and treat any issues that may be the source of bad breath.
Following our tips listed above will help you prevent bad breath and keep your smile healthy.