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Bad breath is a common problem among many, especially for those who have braces. This is the case because food and plaque tend to get trapped in the small spaces between your teeth and appliance. When these particles remain stuck, they send a foul odor into your mouth, resulting in bad breath. However, this doesn’t have to be the case for you if you don’t want it to be. If you do the following things, your chances of having bad breath while you align your smile will be reduced:

-Brush your teeth: We recommend brushing your teeth after each meal and snack. Brushing will help you remove the food particles that get stuck between the appliance and your teeth. If you brush with minty toothpaste that contains fluoride, you will also have fresher breath along with a cleaner smile. All you need to do is clean your tongue when you’re done.

-Floss your smile: Flossing will also help you remove the food particles from the crevices and hard-to-reach areas of your smile. You can also floss after each meal for best results—just make sure you are gentle along the gumline as you do so. If you need flossing tips, please feel free to talk to our orthodontic team.

-Use mouthwash: Mouthwash will complete the cleaning job and it will give you the fresh breath you are looking for. Try to rinse at least once a day and use a rinse that your dentist or orthodontist recommends. That way your oral health and your orthodontic appliance will remain safe.

Oral hygiene is extremely important. It not only freshens your breath and cleans your teeth, but it also improves your oral health and helps you achieve your smile goals. So, do these three things each day and visit your dentist every six months. Doing these things will give you the smile you have always wanted. Call Bella Vista Dental now at 830-379-8902 if you have any questions or if you would like to talk to Dr. Lara Perry about your concerns regarding bad breath and braces in Seguin, Texas. We look forward to talking with you!