When kids and parents think of October, they think of Halloween, bags full of candy, jack o’ lanterns, and pumpkin spice lattes! When Dr. Meredith Parks thinks of October, she thinks of beautiful smiles! October brings National Orthodontic Health Month, a time to focus on and celebrate great oral care and the work that goes into creating amazing, healthy smiles.
More than 1.2 million adults and 3 million kids and teens wear braces at any given time. That’s a lot of orthodontic treatment and a great reason to acknowledge the role orthodontic health plays in our lives.
Orthodontic treatment isn’t just for straight teeth. The true purpose of braces is to gain a healthy bite: straight teeth that meet the opposing jaw properly, enabling you to eat, speak and chew properly. Having correctly aligned teeth results in a happier, healthier mouth; the beautiful new smile is a bonus!
Parks Orthodontics wants to share these tips for keeping your braces looking and working their best!
Avoid sticky and hard candies: Sticky sweets and hard candies can damage the brackets that are attached to your teeth. This doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a sweet treat, though. Choose soft options, like peanut butter cups, soft chocolate bars or ice cream (minus the nuts, of course!)
Make sure to brush: After enjoying your soft treat, be sure to brush your teeth and gums to keep your smile healthy. Braces can trap bacteria which can lead to cavities. Thoroughly brushing and flossing in and around your braces will ensure that you avoid cavities during orthodontic treatment.
Commit to excellent oral health year round: Taking the time to floss, brush properly and care for your teeth and braces every day will keep your mouth healthy year round. During your next orthodontic visit, ask for tips on brushing techniques. Our team of professionals is always willing to help you learn how to manage your orthodontic appliances.
Taking the time to follow these simple steps will keep your braces looking shiny and working great!
If you’re ready to start the journey to a beautiful new smile, contact Parks Orthodontics today for a complimentary consultation. We can’t wait to get started!