Oral hygiene is very important when you are going through orthodontic treatments. Here are some remedies for bad breath.
When you’re going through orthodontic treatment, oral hygiene is more important than ever. Keeping teeth clean and healthy can help to prevent the common and embarrassing problem of bad breath.
Here are some other helpful tips to keep your breath fresh.
1. Brush and floss regularly
Bacteria in your mouth will stick to plaque build-up. Brush your teeth at least two times per day and floss at least one. If you’re concerned about your breath, you can even increase this frequency.
2. Rinse your mouth
A mouthwash can provide extra protection for your breath by helping to get rid of the bacteria. When you choose one, it should be targeting the germs that cause that bacteria. Water is a good substitute to help remove food particles, if you don’t have access to mouthwash after a meal.
3. Brush or scrape your tongue
The coating on our tongues is also a place that bacteria likes to settle. You can help remove it by gently brushing it off. If your toothbrush isn’t comfortable, you can purchase specifically-designed tongue scrapers in the oral hygiene aisle. These scrapers apply even pressure across the surface of your tongue and remove food debris and bacteria.
4. Chew gum
Bacteria love sugar and they use it to make acid that contributes to bad breath. Choose a sugarless gum, which can help to stimulate saliva production and naturally protects the teeth and mouth against that acid. If you are using an appliance or wearing braces, use sugarless gum and only in moderation.
5. Keep your mouth hydrated
If you don’t have enough saliva in your mouth and it becomes dry, it can also cause bad breath. Drink plenty of water during the day and use sugarless gum to promote saliva production.
If you are still experiencing problems with bad breath after trying these strategies, it’s a good idea to bring it up with your orthodontist and/or family doctor to rule out other medical conditions.
Britton Orthodontics is a specialized orthodontic practice that provides a complete range of orthodontic treatment options for children and adults in Burlington and the surrounding area. Initial consultations are complimentary and will address the unique goals and needs of each patient. You can book your consultation by calling 905-336-9916 or by visiting our website at www.brittonortho.ca.