An Urgent Plea - See your dentist while in braces!
Taking care of your teeth is important all the time, but no more so than when you have braces. Braces can make it more challenging to keep your teeth clean and gums healthy.
Occasionally I am surprised that patients don't think they need to see their regular dentist while in braces. True, orthodontists are trained dentists, and can identify some dental problems. But it is your dentist that is best equipped to clean and examine your teeth, and to diagnose and treat any problems.
What happens if you don't take good care of your teeth during braces? You can get tooth decay. You can get gum disease. You can get permanent white scars on your teeth, called decalcification, which cannot be reversed.
Here are some important facts that will help:
Keep seeing your dentist for regular cleanings and exams throughout the time you have braces. This is critically important. Getting your teeth professionally cleaned on a regular schedule will help ensure you won't get decay or decalcification and will help keep your gums healthy.
Parents, it is important that you routinely check how your child is doing with their brushing and flossing. Your help is required to stay on top of this.
Your orthodontist can give you supplemental fluoride to use after brushing and flossing as an extra protection. Consult with your dentist as to whether you need cleanings more frequently than every six months.
Keep those teeth healthy while I'm making them straight and crafting a beautiful smile!
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