Braces not only straighten your teeth, but they can also help improve your dental health. The holidays are a time of celebration and indulgence, but it’s important to maintain your oral health while wearing braces. While hard or sticky foods may not be the best choice for your teeth while you have braces. Here are a few tips for enjoying this Christmas with braces:
Remember to brush your teeth after consuming or snacking on sugary foods like candy canes or toffee. You should also floss your teeth at least once a day, preferably at night before you go to bed.
It’s also a good idea to rinse your mouth with water after eating a meal that contains sticky food particles. This will help to remove some of the sugar from between the teeth and decrease the chances of having decay or other problems this holiday.
It’s common for braces patients to avoid sticky foods, such as caramel and candy corn. These treats can cling to the brackets and wires, causing plaque buildup or slowing your orthodontic treatment altogether. However, you should avoid eating any food that is hard, crunchy, or tough to eat. This includes popcorn kernels, nuts and seeds, whole apples, carrots, and celery sticks. We understand that it may be hard to resist some of these foods during the holiday season, but try your best to limit your intake! If you’re craving something super sweet, consider treating yourself to a delicious holiday dessert rather than the Christmas treats.
Take good care of your retainer by cleaning it regularly and wearing it each night to protect your teeth from shifting. If you keep using your retainer, chances are you won’t need braces again!
If you will be traveling during the holidays and will be unable to wear your retainer, bring it with you and store it safely in your hotel room. You never know when you might eat something that could damage your teeth or put your orthodontic work at risk. If you are hosting people in your home over the holidays, be sure to tell your guests about your retainer and ask them to help you keep it safe!
While you’re preparing your Christmas dinner or sipping on eggnog, make sure to brush your teeth for two minutes at least twice a day. Food particles tend to get stuck in between brackets and wires when you don’t brush after meals. Flossing is also extremely important to remove plaque from different areas in the mouth that toothbrush bristles may not be able to reach. When plaque is not properly removed, it may lead to gingivitis and cavities. Make sure to visit the dentist for regular cleanings and checkups to keep your oral health in good shape during the holidays!
If you notice any changes with your braces during the holiday, like sore teeth or wires poking at your gums, call your dentist right away for a repair appointment. This is the best way to protect your dental health and prevent further complications. For any other questions, contact your dentist today!
By following these simple oral health care tips, you can enjoy a wonderful holiday season with healthy teeth and gums. If you have any questions about oral health tips for braces wearers this Christmas, contact Bradshaw + Katras Orthodontic Specialists offices in Tennessee. We look forward to helping you achieve a beautiful new smile this year!