Greenville, SC residents ask, ‘Do braces cause bad breath?’
Choosing to straighten your teeth is a big decision. Orthodontics can be a sensitive or embarrassing topic for many patients. Add in the possibility of bad breath and orthodontics brings about another concern. The team at Palmer Distinctive Dentistry in Greenville, SC wants patients to understand that proper oral care can help minimize bacteria, so you get the most out of your braces treatment.
With any orthodontic treatment, there are additional materials in the mouth. Aligner trays, brackets, or wires are in the mouth giving bacteria more to cling to and the ability to multiply easily. The added bacteria in the mouth can cause bad breath. To combat bad breath, the best defense is a good offense. Good oral health habits can help prevent the buildup of bacteria.
Tips for fresher breath
Following good hygiene habits is important whether you wear braces or not. This includes brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist for routine cleanings. During the months you are undergoing orthodontic treatment, it is even more important to keep your mouth free of bacteria.
Keeping your mouth free of excessive bacteria can be done with proper diet and hygiene.
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Avoid sugary drinks. Food and drinks that are high in sugar can contribute to bad breath.
- Drink plenty of water. A dry mouth does not produce enough saliva. Saliva removes bacteria and excess food. Without saliva to remove both, bad breath can occur.
- Brush your teeth often. Brushing twice per day is recommended but brushing after meals helps remove excess food particles.
- Floss daily and thoroughly.
- Use mouthwash to rinse your mouth.
- Maintain regular cleanings with your dentist. This helps remove bacteria from hard to reach areas.
At Palmer Distinctive Dentistry, we offer aligner trays to straighten the teeth. With constant wear, bacteria can accumulate on the trays. Remember, your trays are removable, so you can cleanse your mouth appropriately. Clean the trays as recommended by your dentist to avoid additional bacteria or the possibility of bad breath.
For complete dental care, contact Palmer Distinctive Dentistry for an appointment. (864) 332-4113