Monday, April 24, 2023

Prevent Enamel Erosion While in Braces

Braces are a spectacular tool for straightening smiles and correcting jaw problems that impact self-confidence and overall oral wellness. Your wires and brackets are fundamental to the treatment process, but they also can make it difficult to remove food particles that get stuck under and between your brackets and wires. Unfortunately, if this food is left to fester, the acidic content of the food can eat away at your tooth’s vital tooth enamel.

If you have braces, your teeth and gums can be prone to many dental issues. One of those issues is enamel erosion. Enamel erosion occurs when acid attacks the teeth and wears down the enamel. This can make your teeth vulnerable to tooth fractures and cavities. To help you prevent enamel erosion while in braces treatment, Dr. McClellan encourages you to do the following:

Avoid Acidic Foods and Beverages: Consuming acidic products can expose your teeth to the acid that can harm them. So, it’s best to avoid consuming acidic foods and drinks as much as possible.

Wait to Brush Your Teeth: If you do happen to consume an acidic food or drink, please wait 30 minutes before brushing your teeth. Your enamel is extremely vulnerable immediately after eating acidic foods and the bristles of your toothbrush can worsen the damage.

Use Fluoride: Fluoride can strengthen your tooth enamel and help you avoid enamel erosion. So, make sure to expose your teeth to fluoride regularly. You can do so by using fluoride toothpaste and fluoride mouthwash, drinking fluoridated water, and receiving a professional fluoride treatment.

There are many oral health problems that can happen with braces if you are not focused on your orthodontic care and brushing/flossing of your teeth. Your diet can damage your teeth during your orthodontic treatment, which is why we want you to avoid certain foods and drinks. Overly acidic or sugary foods and drinks can lead to tooth decay and acid erosion that harms your tooth enamel. If you would like to learn more about how you prevent enamel erosion while wearing braces, the friendly staff at McClellan Orthodontics are available to train you in methods for keeping your teeth clean and strong.