Eating with braces:
What you eat can "fuel"
dental problems. Every time you eat foods containing sugars or starches,
the bacteria in your mouth rapidly grow and produce acid which dissolve the
tooth enamel to cause decay.
These acids can
attack for 20 minutes or more each time your eat! So think about these points
before you eat:
The time the food is in the mouth-sugary
foods that you suck on stay in the mouth longer leading to an extended acid
Physical characteristics of the food-food
that stick to your teeth, raisins, cookies, dried fruits, will prolong acid
Time of day the food is eaten-sugar and
starches as part of a meal are less harmful than eaten alone. Foods
eaten just before bed stay on the teeth throughout the night!
What is eaten along with the foods: eating
cheese, sugar-free or xylitol gum along with or after eating sugar/starches,
may help counter the effects of acids produced by bacteria.
It is how often you eat sugar and starches
NOT how much you eat.
Foods to avoid during treatment: Anything sticky,
chewy, gooey or hard like: Hard bubble gum; chewing on ice, pens,
pencils or anything hard; caramel; taffy; Now and Laters; Gummy Bears; hard
nuts, popcorn or chips. Also a
Cut foods like carrots, apples or hard bread
crusts into bite-size pieces.
Remember, BREAKAGE DELAYS
Then bands /bonded
brackets on braces create small nooks and crannies where food and plaque can
hide to cause decay. This process can also cause permanent white lines and
spots as enamel is dissolved by the acids! Bloody, swollen gums, bad
breath, and food debris on wires can all be a real
turnoff to your friends so:
Brush after each meal and snack.
Clean between your teeth and around each
Try an electric
toothbrush like Sonicare that cleans with a combination of high speed
brushing (31,000 gentle strokes/min.) and sonic wave action to thoroughly
clean hard to reach, high-risk areas where plaque bacteria can hide.
Use toothpaste with fluoride.
Take time to
After brushing inspect your teeth and braces
in a well-light mirror.
Floss with a floss
threader or use the automatic Flosser by Waterpik.
Try a proxy brush
to clean between the teeth.
oral irrigator will remove
particles of food from your teeth. that brushing often can not remove.
fluoride mouth rinse to strengthening enamel
against decay and repair microscopic cavities by remineralize them.
See the dentist every six months for
professional fluoride treatments and cleanings.
provide " superior plaque removal ... reduction of
gingival inflammation in those patients using the powered
versus the manual toothbrush*.
Braces, Sports and
participating in sporting events a mouthguard
may be the only thing between you and costly dental work,
especially for people who wear braces.
a mouthguard can prevent damage to any orthodontic apparatus
as well as prevent mouth lacerations and tooth damage.
However the kind of mouth guard you use can made a big
difference. Custom-made mouthguards are best according
to the Academy of General Dentistry. A perfect fit can
better protect teeth and disperse impacts to the mouth.
Gaps between the teeth and mouth guard, common with
commercially manufactured mouthguards, allow leeway from
injury to occur.
takes one fall to suffer a life-long injury. Mouthguards
are like seatbelts , they only work if you wear them.
Oral Sex and Braces-BEWARE!
Sex Warning For Teenagers
Metal braces can scratch genital areas or rip a hole in a
condom, increasing the potential for sexually transmitted
diseases such as HIV/AIDS, cautions Boston cosmetic dentist
Helaine Smith. She has issued a warning to teenagers engaging in
sexual practices such as oral sex or French kissing, saying they
should be cautious if they or their partners wear metal braces
on their teeth.
Metal braces can scratch delicate genital areas, tear
sensitive mouth tissues, or rip a hole in a condom. Such
incidents increase the potential for sexually transmitted
diseases and blood-borne pathogens, including HIV/AIDS,
chlamydia, and hepatitis B and C.
Most teens and young adults don't realize that metal dental
braces can do some damage,. `And while new dental
technologies such as Invisalign and plastic braces have been
introduced, the fact is, many dentists still rely on the
traditional metal braces and their nickel titanium brackets,
wires, and ties. Even plastic braces still use metal wires and
ties that can cause damage.
Because the metal brackets and wires can catch on the thin
latex of condoms and dental dams and cause microscopic tears,
Dr. Smith advises teens and young adults to carefully
consider whether to engage in oral sex with partners who wear
wire braces. Safer sex practices also include changing the
condom before engaging in another sexual activity in order to
reduce the risk of STDs and/or unintended pregnancy – even if
one thinks the condom has not been damaged.
Dental dams, which are also made of latex, are used when
performing oral sex on a woman and protect against herpes and
genital warts. Dr. Smith advises young adults to also exercise
caution when participating in long kissing sessions with
partners who wear braces because the brackets can tear delicate
mouth tissues and increase the exposure to blood-borne pathogens
and STDs such as HIV/AIDs. 1/06
Medications and Braces
Am J Orthod. 1986 Apr;89(4):312-4.
The effect of indomethacin
(an aspirin-like drug) on the rate of
orthodontic tooth movement.
- Finding from a current
research project suggest that aspirin like
drugs not be administered to patients undergoing
orthodontic tooth movement as it may extend the
PMID: 3083687 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Sources: Managing the Home Care
of Adolescent Orthodontic Patients, Dentistry Today, January
*Effectiveness of a Powered Toothbrush Compared with a Manual
Toothbrush for Orthodontic Patients with Fixed Appliances
Annerose Borutta ,Elisabeth Pala Thomas Fischer (J Clin Dent
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