Got braces? Take these steps to prevent decay!

Now that you have your braces on, it is time for you to make sure that you take proper care of them. If truth be told, this is important for your personal hygiene as it will help you ensure that there is no plaque and bacteria in your teeth.

The first basic tip for you to follow is that you must brush your teeth as soon as you wake up in the morning. You must also do it right before you head off to sleep at night. Don’t skip brushing as it can affect your teeth. Always brush your teeth after every meal you eat so that the food that is already stuck to your braces gets off. The dental center in Abu Dhabi that you visit will tell you to use a good fluoride toothpaste and soft brush to avoid the brackets to de-bond. Always brush your teeth in up and down motion, instead of going side to side motion and if still there is some food left or stuck in your teeth than take a tooth pick and with a gentle hand try removing it and don’t press it harder on your tooth tool.

While brushing, spend at least 10 seconds on each of your teeth before moving on to the next one. For chewing surfaces, it is highly recommended for you to use a firm back and forth motion. Don’t use a lot of toothpaste. Add a fluoride mouthwash that kills bacteria from your mouth so that you can cover those tiny spaces where your teeth brush is hard to reach.

Another important tip for you to follow is to make use of a special orthodontic brush if you need. The reason for this is rather simple as it helps in better brushing or if it is recommended by your doctor.

Avoid eating sticky things and candies as it will stick to your teeth and might form decay. Avoid eating hard nuts that are not good for your oral health and might damage your braces as they are very hard to chew. Avoid drinking fizzy and sugary drinks for example soda or lemonade. These drinks make your teeth weak and finishes off teeth enamel that is why you feel scratchy while you drink some fizzy drink as it is washing away the calcium from your teeth.

Try eating food that are “low acidic” in nature. Eat bananas, mangoes, melons, cucumber, carrots, lettuce and beets. Drink milk as much as possible as it provides calcium to your teeth. Drink 8-9 glasses of water daily. Try eating more meat, fish, eggs, soups and pastas. Starchy food can also cause tooth decay as sugar in it sticks to the teeth. Look at more info in this regard to book an appointment with one of the best dentists in Dubai.