Bad Breath and Braces: What you need to Know

Posted on 12/15/2015 by Dr. Lovrovich
A young boy wearing braces and suffering from bad breath.

Bad breath is nothing any of us want to deal with, right? When you have braces, the chances of having bad breath are even worse because there are so many other places for bacteria to hide. If you are worried about how your breath smells, take these simple steps every day to ensure that you are not causing people to back up when you talk.

Eat Right

Sugar is not good for your diet in the first place, but it is horrible for your dental health. If you have braces, sugar can hide in some of the tightest areas of your mouth. This means that when you do brush and floss, you probably are not getting all of it. The longer the sugar is able to sit on your teeth, the more damage it does.

As it joins with the bacteria in your mouth, it begins to form an acid that eats away at your enamel and causes bad breath. So instead of worrying about garlic and onions ruining your breath, stay away from foods high in sugar content to keep your breath smelling pleasant.

Drink Water

Water is essential for overall health and to fight bad breath. When your mouth is short on saliva, the bacteria thrives. That means that you will likely suffer from bad breath. There are numerous reasons why your mouth may not be producing saliva right now, whether you are taking medication, are not eating meals but are snacking throughout the day instead, or are a mouth breather, these all wreak havoc on your breath. Try to consume at least 8 eight ounce glasses of water a day to ensure that your mouth is free from harmful bacteria that ruins your breath.

Brush and Floss

With or without braces, you should be brushing twice a day and flossing at least once, but this becomes even more important when you have braces. In fact, you should be brushing after every time that you eat, but if you cannot, you should at least rinse your mouth out with water to remove as much debris as possible from your braces. It is imperative that you never forget to floss when you have braces, as this could be the number one reason that you have bad breath. Floss is the only way to get the food that is stuck in between your brackets out from between them. If you have trouble flossing with braces, ask our staff for help.

See your Dentist

In addition to seeing us for regular adjustments, you should keep up your regular dental cleanings with your general dentist. He will ensure that all plaque and bacteria are removed from your teeth that have formed around your braces. The last thing that you want when you take your braces off is to have gum disease or other offending issues. In addition, the plaque and bacteria are what cause the bad breath that you could be experiencing. If you see your dentist once every six months, he will thoroughly clean your teeth and minimize the risk of bad breath.

Bad breath and braces do not have go hand in hand as long as you take care of your mouth. Watch your diet, making sure you are not consuming too much sugar, take care to practice good oral hygiene, and see your dentist regularly. The combination of these tactics will ensure that you have a healthy, happy, and pleasant smelling mouth as you work so hard to get the straight teeth that you desire.

If you have a problem with bad breath with your braces, please contact us today so that we can help you!

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