How to Prevent Bad Breath When You Have Braces

Woman uses both hands close mouth because of bad breath.

There’s nothing worse than bad breath. No one appreciates conversing with someone who has bad breath and we’re immediately embarrassed if we’re the culprits of it ourselves. When you’re a patient with braces, it’s important to take extra measures to prevent bad breath. After all, there are more places for bacteria to hide in your mouth when you have braces. That’s why developing a plan for combatting this nasty nuisance is imperative. Here are our top tips on how to prevent bad breath when you have braces.

Oral Hygiene Is Key

First and foremost, proper oral hygiene is important in so many ways, with or without braces. Having unhealthy teeth and gums can cause a variety of issues, ranging from minor to quite serious. So, adopting good oral hygiene practices is key. Bad breath is caused by a buildup of bacteria in the mouth, so make sure your mouth is as clean as possible. Regular brushing, flossing and the use of mouthwashwill help prevent bacteria from building up and causing bad breath. Be sure to brush at least twice each day for two minutes each session, and try to get a quick brushing in after meals as well to help prevent food from accumulating in the crevices of your mouth.

Why Diet Is Important

The foods you eat vastly affect many areas of your body, including your mouth. Adopting a healthy diet, including drinking plenty of water, will help prevent bad breath. Not getting enough water is a major culprit of bad breath. Dehydration increases bad breath, because a dry mouth produces less saliva, and saliva helps to clear away bacteria. Do yourself a favor and drink more water.

Avoiding Certain Foods

Some foods have a tendency to produce bad breath. Some of these problem foods just can’t be masked breath mints. These include:

  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Spicy foods
  • Coffee
  • Tuna and other fish

By avoiding some of these foods, you can improve your chances of maintaining fresh breath for the rest of the day.

Stay On Top of Dental Visits

Just because you’re visiting your orthodontist regularly does not mean you can skip your routine dental exams. Dentists and orthodontists have different jobs, and it’s imperative that you visit your dentist regularly for cleanings and exams. This will ensure there are no underlying problems or issues that need to be addressed, and it also helps to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Keep Everything Clean

If you have any type of orthodontic hardware, such as retainers, expanders or aligners, it’s important to keep these items as clean as possible. Bacteria can build up on these items too, which can lead to bad breath when you put them in your mouth. Keep your orthodontic devices clean by brushing them regularly.

Preventing Bad Breath

Bad breath isn’t ideal, but the good thing is it can be prevented. By adopting proper oral hygiene practices and a better diet, and keeping up with your dental visits, you’ll lessen your chances of bacterial buildup in your mouth, reducing the risk of bad breath. Don’t worry, bad breath can happen to anyone, but now you know some ways to help prevent it.

At Charleston Orthodontic Specialists, we’re dedicated to helping you achieve a perfect smile. Call our experts at (843) 4-BRACES to learn about how we can help you today!

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