How to Teach Children to take care of their Braces
Dr. Angelakis and Angelakis Orthodontics believe that braces do not only treat your children’s’ dental issues, but also change their lives for the better. However, once your child gets braces, it is vital that he learns to take care of them, especially when you are not around. In this article, you are going to learn some tips on teaching your child how take care of his braces when he is brushing, eating, and playing.
Brushing with Braces
Firstly, you need to buy your child a toothbrush with soft bristles, along with fluoride toothpaste. In fact, it is a good idea to take him along when shopping for these products because it creates an interest. Show him how to brush in a gentle back and forth motion, on the front, top, and bottom of the brackets (after removing elastics). Teach him that he should brush in this manner for about 2 minutes, 30 seconds for each quadrant of the mouth. He will also need to floss. We know this is hard, but it is very important part of maintaining a healthy mouth! You might want to check out these floss sticks made specifically for braces!
Eating with Braces
Your child should learn early on that there are some foods that are friendly for braces while others are not. He can have dairy food, soft bread, soft grains (like rice and pasta), seafood, lunchmeat, ground beef. Fruits and vegetables have to be made soft before eating through steaming. If he wants a snack, you can give him soft cakes, ice-cream (without hard substances like nuts or chocolate chips), soft cakes, and Jell-O. Sticky, chewy, and crunchy foods have to be avoided at all costs. It sounds like a lot to avoid at first, but he will easily adjust!
If he has clear or ceramic braces, he will also need to avoid food that stain easily like pasta sauce, and coffee.
Playing with Braces
Braces do not stop your child from having fun, which includes playing sports. He doesn’t have to remove the braces when playing, but it is a good idea to make him wear a mouth guard to protect the braces and the teeth.
For more information on living with braces, contact Dr. Angelakis and Angelakis Orthodontics.