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Nothing is more embarrassing than having your braces covered in whatever you just ate. Not only can it leave you embarrassed but proper care for your braces can leave you with a happier attitude and …

Nothing is more embarrassing than having your braces covered in whatever you just ate. Not only can it leave you embarrassed but proper care for your braces can leave you with a happier attitude and healthier teeth.

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  • 1. Braces: How to Keep Them Looking the Best Nothing is more embarrassing than having your braces covered in whatever you just ate. Not only can it leave you embarrassed but proper care for your braces can leave you with a happier attitude and healthier teeth. Your typical care methods don’t exactly translate over to braces. You have to relearn how to properly care for your braces. Below are a few tips and tricks to help you keep your braces looking squeaky clean and how to properly clean them from molar to molar. Importance of Proper Care After eating a ham sandwich, it can be so embarrassing to bread stuck in your braces but there is more than just the embarrassment factor. Food and plaque can actually get stuck in between your braces and can cause stains and can also wear down in your mouth. These little stains may not be noticeable when you have your braces off, but when you remove them, small unnoticed spots may appear. Proper Care 101 You know the importance of proper care but how do you do it? Well it starts with good habits. It is good to brush your teeth when you get up and before you go to bed but that doesn’t quite cut it with braces. Truly, you should try and brush your teeth after every meal. Doing this will rid you teeth of the chunks of your mom’s casserole from your mouth. This will keep you from accidentally “saving it for later”. Not only should good brushing habits be made but it is also important to try and floss at least once a day. Keeping up on these strong habits will keep your teeth happy and healthy. The Tools for the Job If you don’t feel like your regular tooth brush is cutting it, then you should consider switching to a new toothbrush. Toothbrushes differ to the situation and toothbrushes even specialize for braces. These kinds of toothbrushes have two heads in a ‘V’ Shape. This gets your braces from the top and the bottom and can help you get the inside of your braces very efficiently. Another great tool for the job deals with floss. You may have noticed that regular floss doesn’t cut it anymore. Trying to get all the way to your gums is nearly impossible with regular floss. They make floss threaders that you use to go in between your teeth underneath your braces so that you can reach everything. Having both the right toothbrushes and floss threaders can make the impossible task almost enjoyable for you when you are trying to have good proper care.
  • 2. Things to Avoid Keeping good care isn’t just brushing your teeth well, but it is also avoiding certain types of food. Foods that apply lots of pressure to your braces are ones that should be avoided. For example, eating an apple whole can be harmful to your braces and should be avoided. Many foods you used to eat just need a little more preparation. For example, apples just need to be cut up into wedges, or if you are eating ribs, just make sure to cut the meat off of the bone first. The Bottom Line Going to a good dentist can help you know how to keep the best care for your teeth. If you have any questions, then go to your Cherry Hill dentist and consult them today to know how to best take care of your teeth. Photo Credit: http://farm6.staticflickr.com/, http://i.ytimg.com/