Preventing Tooth Decalcification While Wearing Braces
You may have never heard of tooth decalcification but you’ve definitely seen it. More commonly known as white spots, decalcification is actually damage to your teeth but it is entirely preventable.
Although commonly associated with braces, tooth decalcification can be caused by tooth decay whether you have braces or not. The reason why it is more common with braces is because the brackets and wires give bacteria-laden plaque more places to hide and cause decay.
You’ve heard us say it time and time again, but your best defense against tooth decalcification is brushing and flossing. Practicing good oral hygiene at home will prevent a whole host of oral health issues.
- Brush after every meal
- Floss at least once a day
- Clean in between brackets and wires with floss threaders and interdental brushes
- Rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash
- See your regular dentist every six months for exam and professional cleaning
If tooth decalcification has been holding you back from getting braces, you can relax. As long as you follow our advice, all you will see is a beautiful smile once your braces come off.
To learn more about braces and how they can improve the health and appearance of your smile, schedule a complimentary consultation with the board-certified orthodontists at Cronauer and Angelakis.