Lots of times, people suffer from gum disease called Gingivitis and wonder if there is a connection between Braces and Gingivitis. There is certainly a strong link between Gingivitis and oral hygiene. The first thing that one needs to do when you notice gum disease is to visit your dentist who will be able to let you know about the kind of help that you need. They will clean the plaque and tartar on your teeth that might have accumulated because of bad eating habits and oral hygiene.
Once your teeth are cleaned then you might want to consider having braces on if your teeth are not aligned. The other thing to keep in mind is that once you have Braces on it is quite easy for Gingivitis to develop if you don’t brush well. The plaque and tartar can form beneath the brackets of your braces if you don’t brush and floss well. The hardware that you have in your mouth when you have braces on makes it difficult for you to reach every nook and crevice. This is the reason why bacteria accumulate in your mouth with braces on and this might lead to gum disease.
Brush Your Teeth Regularly
Braces and Gingivitis can go together and therefore you must ensure that you brush at least twice a day without fail. Every time that you eat something brush or at least rinse your mouth. The use of the right kind of toothbrush, toothpaste and flossing materials makes a big difference in helping you to do this. You can try to use electric toothbrushes with soft bristles on them that can make brushing easy, convenient and faster. You might also want to ask your dentist to recommend products that will help you deal with Braces and Gingivitis so that there is no plaque accumulation on your teeth.
Using Soft Bristles Tooth Bristles
Soft Bristles tooth brush can reach out into every nook and corner and are also less irritating to the gums.
Brushes like bi-level brushes are designed for brushing with braces on. They have longer bristles on the edges while shorter in the middle. This design helps in effective cleaning of teeth as well as braces.
Make sure to always use an ADA approved tooth brush.
Cleaning of Brackets
Interproximal tooth brush can be used to clean in between the brackets. The specialty of this tooth brush is that it can be adjusted to different angles. Insert the brush beneath the arch wires and gently move in to and fro motion. Continue with this technique till all the brackets and bands are cleaned.
How to avoid Gingivitis during Braces on?
The good news is that once you have Gingivitis you need not have to live with it. This means that you can definitely reverse gingivitis. All that you need to do is to follow a better oral hygiene. And, this is exactly what you are supposed to do with your braces on. Simply brush your gums more often than what you do and be sure to not leave any plaque along your gum line next to the tooth. Unfortunately, your gums might be sore when brushing with gingivitis and it is normal for your gums to bleed. As you continue to brush your gums over time, they will eventually become stronger and won't be as sore every time you brush.
The thing to keep in mind is that it is a myth that Braces are the cause of Gingivitis. The reason why people get gum disease is because they don’t follow a good oral hygiene. You need to get rid of the food and debris that get trapped between teeth and are difficult to remove especially with braces on.
Flossing with Braces on
Flossing is the interdentally cleaning of teeth to remove the plaque and calculus. Though it is necessary to floss the teeth regularly as brush can’t reach in the inter dental areas but during orthodontic treatment it becomes a mandatory act. Reason being, the chances of plaque and calculus accumulation is more with braces on.
Flossing Technique: Hold the floss between the index fingers of both your hands and place it interdentally in the shape of C letter. Now move the floss up and down. Clean the area under the gums properly as this is the most common area for plaque and calculus to accumulate. With braces on, flossing might take a bit longer time.
After flossing, brush your teeth with the Interproximal soft bristles tooth brush and at last rinse your mouth with anti-bacterial mouthwash.
Though rinsing your mouth is necessary but is not sufficient while you are undergoing braces treatment. So, to come up with it, there are specially designed oral irrigators. These irrigators shoot a stream of water with pressure and thus aid in removal of calculus. Excess use of oral irrigators can be damaging to the braces so they should be used in moderation.