During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it can be easy to neglect your dental hygiene. With the number of holiday parties, sweets, rich foods, and varying schedules, it sometimes seems easier to just fall into bed at the end of a long night. However, Boise orthodontist, Dr. Miler, and our staff wish to impress upon you ways to celebrate the festivities safely so as not to damage your braces or teeth.
Be mindful of candies, cookies, nuts, and more
Often, the trays of cookies and bowls of nuts and candies are tempting. When you wear braces, however, it is wise to steer clear of hard and sticky foods. They can damage your brackets or get stuck in your wires. The good news is that your braces won’t be on forever. On the plus side, you’ll save yourself from consuming extra calories when you avoid these snacks.
Carry dental picks and a toothbrush
One of the most common pains with braces is the amount of food that gets stuck between your teeth and wires. If you are hanging out with friends or ringing in the New Year with family, it can be embarrassing to share your smile with others. Carry a travel-sized toothbrush with you so you can clean your teeth. Dental picks are helpful as well. These picks are small enough to fit in your pocket or purse so you can have them on the go. They work to remove food from your braces and are easily disposed of in the wastebasket.
Swish with water
If you find yourself away from home without a toothbrush, you can always try swishing and rinsing your mouth out with water. The action will dislodge food particles so you don’t have to worry about hiding your beautiful smile. Simply excuse yourself to visit the restroom and cup your hand under the running faucet. Swish and spit a few times to clear away food particles and return to the party.
Peanut brittle, popcorn, peppermint sticks, ice cubes, and other hard foods are best avoided while you wear braces. These food items are known for breaking wires or popping brackets off of your teeth. Our Boise orthodontist office can discuss food options with you if you have any questions. If you are in need of braces, we can guide you in the various types of braces available and which might be best for you.
Care for your braces is essential to the final goal of a straight, beautiful smile. Our Boise orthodontist team can work with you to determine a treatment plan as well as a healthy approach to foods and snacks. In addition to on-the-go cleaning tips, make sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day and use flossers, or picks, or a water flosser to remove plaque and food. Learn more about caring for your braces by following us on Facebook.
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