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Summer Dental Care Tips from Your Broomfield Orthodontist


August 1, 2018

Summer is such a great time of year! Denver has beautiful weather for much of the year, but summer can be extra special. It is perfect to spend time enjoying the beautiful mountains, exploring hiking trails, spending cool evenings around a bonfire, or enjoying cookouts and get-togethers with friends and family. It’s also a time many people choose to take on home projects or other activities they could not otherwise do during colder months. With more on your plate, both fun and productive, it’s easy to forget about the small things—such as your dental hygiene! Avoid costly issues by following these summer dental care tips from your orthodontist in Broomfield.

Summer Foods Hard on the Teeth

The warm months are the perfect time to enjoy cool treats or cookout foods. While everything may be okay in moderation, it is important to be aware of certain foods you are eating. Use caution with the following—keeping consumption in moderation and be sure to brush and floss regularly:
 
  • Citrus and acidic food and drinks: Lemonade, a cold cola, or a refreshing orange are great on a hot day—however, use caution consuming too much citrus or acidic foods. They can damage your enamel that leads to decay. Drink water after consuming them and brush your teeth if you can.
  • Ice: Don’t worry, having ice in a beverage will not harm your teeth. However, many people love to chew ice, which can be very hard on them! Chewing ice can lead to chips or breaks. If you love to chew ice, go for soft ice. Many call this type of ice “Sonic Ice,” as it is commonly found in Sonic restaurants. But today, consumers can purchase their own soft ice makers, find it at local convenience stores, or you can even learn the secret to making soft crushed ice, Sonic-Style.
  • Chewy and sticky foods: When eating very chewy candy or sticky foods, if not brushed or flossed properly, this can lead to long-term issues. This includes foods such as chewy candies and dried fruit.
  • Alcohol: If you enjoy a glass of wine or a cold beer, make sure you enjoy in moderation and drink water regularly. Alcohol can actually make your mouth drier, causing anything in your mouth to stay in place as there is no saliva there. This can lead to tooth decay, periodontal disease, and more.

Brushing Your Teeth

When it comes to brushing your teeth, do you consider what type of toothbrush you buy, or your brushing technique? Even if you brush two to three times per day, having the right brush is crucial. In many cases, soft bristles are recommended by dentists. To find what is best for you, talk to your orthodontist. While it may seem that having hard bristles will do a better job, in many cases it can be detrimental. For many, hard bristles can damage tooth enamel, as well as the gums. Your orthodontist will be able to explain to you if it is a better option and ways to brush if it is.

For technique, make sure you brush for at least two minutes. Make sure to cover all areas, both top, bottom, outside, and inside. If using a traditional brush, brush at an angle. Go against your gum line. Be sure to brush your gums but go in soft motions.

However, electric toothbrushes are highly recommended by many dentists and orthodontists. Electric toothbrushes do an excellent job of removing plaque that causes so many issues. When using a soft-bristled electric brush, you can feel confident that you are brushing away any residue that would be detrimental to your oral health. They do an excellent job at removing problematic plaque, keeping your gums in good health, and more. Essentially, you just hold the toothbrush over each tooth allowing it to do the work—and not you. This is especially beneficial for patients with braces as it helps to remove debris away from any of the brackets.

Don’t forget—caring for your toothbrush is important. Be sure to learn more how an orthodontist in Broomfield provides tips for taking care of toothbrushes.

Flossing

It is just as important to floss your teeth regularly as it as to brush them. Food and debris get stuck in between each day due to regular eating. Debris falls in between the teeth that are impossible to remove with brushing. Floss is able to get into these crevices to break it up so it can be removed. But that’s not all. Flossing regularly is great for your health. Flossing protects the gums, which will help you to avoid periodontal disease. This is crucial as periodontal disease can lead to several other health issues throughout the body.

Getting Food Out of Braces

If you have braces, you know that you have to modify some of the foods you eat. It is best to avoid chewy foods, nuts, hard candies, and more. You may notice certain foods are difficult to eat. With braces, make sure you cut certain foods that are difficult to eat. Avoid overly chewy and sugary foods, gum, and anything hard on your teeth. For brushing, if using a manual toothbrush, be sure to spend 10 to 15 seconds per tooth. This will ensure all debris is removed so plaque and other issues do not arise. For flossing, be sure to use a waxed floss. This sill glide in and out more easily. Flossing with braces can seem a little more challenging, so using other resources such as an irrigator can help. Use this supplementary

When it comes to mastering your dental hygiene, Prentice Orthodontics will help you make intelligent decisions, so you can maintain great dental hygiene this summer. As a team dedicated to helping you achieve your periodontal goals, we can guide you on the best toothbrush to use, techniques to floss, tips for brushing, and much more. This is beneficial for everyone, especially those with braces. Whether you need braces or questions about them, get a free consultation today at 303-468-7722.