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Optimal Oral Hygiene with Traditional Braces Philadelphia, PA
Braces Philadelphia, PA

When you have traditional, nonremovable braces, keeping your braces and teeth clean is paramount in order to prevent caries and gingivitis from developing. Your oral health depends on practicing optimal oral hygiene. Neglecting these practices could leave you facing pockets of tooth decay and gum disease after your braces come off.

Your Braces and Tooth Decay

One reason you may have had braces put on in the first place is to help your teeth and gums become less susceptible to disease. It then becomes a little ironic that the treatment can lead to the problems you are working to prevent. Food particles and sugar from certain beverages can become lodged around the braces. If not cleaned away, harmful bacteria will begin to feed on these accumulations. This creates the formation of plaque, which in turn will lead to caries and gum disease.

Tooth decay may go unnoticed at first, especially in the back teeth where it would be harder to see problems. You may not even realize you have any problems until you experience symptoms such as:

  • Toothaches
  • Pain when you chew your food
  • Sensitivity to cold or hot food and beverages
  • Sensitivity to sweets

Hopefully, any problems will be identified before you have symptoms; but if left untreated, you could eventually develop serious gum disease and/or tooth infection if the decay were to reach the pulp or nerve center of the tooth. Neglecting developing cavities can lead to an abscessed tooth or possible jaw problems. Practicing good oral hygiene from the outset can avoid these problems.

Your Oral Care Regime

When you get your braces, you will also be given instructions on how to maintain good oral health while wearing them. Your orthodontist may also suggest certain dental products for you to use during this time. By following a few simple guidelines, you should be able to avoid serious problems.

  • Follow instructions for cleaning your teeth and gums as suggested by your orthodontist.
  • Avoid foods that are chewy or sticky such as caramels and chewing gum.
  • Avoid hard, crunchy foods such as apples and carrots.
  • Avoid chewing ice and hard objects like pencils, pens and your fingernails.
  • See your orthodontist regularly as advised.
  • Schedule regular dental checkups for examination and professional cleanings.
  • Use a water jet to flush out trapped food particles.
  • Use a floss threader to make flossing easier.
  • Rinse your mouth out four times a day with salt water to help prevent minor gum inflammation.

Your orthodontist will give you specific instructions on how to maintain your best oral hygiene. You will also be given instructions on what to do if you encounter problems such as cuts or scrapes from your braces. Since your braces can be harder on toothbrushes than your teeth, you should replace your toothbrush every three months.

By following your orthodontist’s guidelines and eating a healthy diet minus the foods you should avoid, your teeth will be straight and healthy when your braces are removed. At Broad Street Braces, we help you develop a beautiful, healthy smile. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our orthodontists.

Posted on behalf of Broad Street Braces

1819 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA , 19148

Phone: (215) 234-3030


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Our Patient Reviews

Broad Street Braces

5.0 / 5.0

Based on 387 reviews

Felicia W

Excellent staff, excellent service with trusty expertise. It was overall a great experience for my son and myself. We are highly satisfied with all the services performed today.

Alisa O

I am pleased with this Orthodontist location because they are very prompt with appointments. It's never a long wait. The staff is kind and willing to fix misunderstandings quickly. They actually play relaxing music in the office. My favorite staff member is Trinh because she answers questions gracefully. Trinh always greets me with a smile. Glad I chose this dental office.

Phuong H

Really nice office. Very clean and modern. Everyone is friendly, especially Trinh. She is great. Love taking my son here.

Refie H

The staff is really friendly, very satisfied with the service. The place is cozy, and also clean, seriously I recommend it to anyone who wanted to have the braces on

Kevin A

My mom received THE BEST service here. Consultations & visits were a breeze & the staff was always so kind. Their bilingual employee, Sara, was very helpful because my mom only speaks Spanish.

Hung C

This is my son’s first time here. This Office is very nice and very professional. Great service. Mrs. Trinh did an excellent job helping us translate Vietnamese. She is really nice and did a great job! Thank you so much!

Angela D

Great experience!! welcoming and good at what they do. Ask for amanda- she's the best!

Thang N

Many friends told me that Trinh always does a great job and I am very lucky today to have her put my braces on! They look great. I am looking forward to coming back for my second appoinment. The treatment coordinator, Rachel is very friendly and welcoming. She is awesome. I would recommend anyone who is interested in braces to come to Broad Street Braces. You would love Dr. Neil!