Today’s post is for orthodontic patients of Montz and Maher Dental Group. There is no doubt about it – it is harder to keep your teeth clean if you wear braces in Pearland. It’s unfortunate when brace wearers develop tooth decay and weaken their teeth while simultaneously trying to improve their smile with braces. A classic example of “one step forward and two steps back.”
The brackets and wires on traditional metal braces in Pearland create hard to reach places where detrimental bacteria can thrive. If patients with braces don’t pay continual and careful attention to oral hygiene, their teeth can be permanently damaged. Teeth are not the only thing at risk here, Pearland orthodontic patients can also develop gum disease which can progress quickly into periodontitis and eventual tooth loss. Overall, orthodontic patients need to be vigilant about a healthy diet and effective oral hygiene.
Most David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry brace wearers know that they should avoid sticky, sugary foods that stick to their braces, but some don’t realize that any carbohydrate-based food turns into sugar. Thus, a cracker can be just as bad for your teeth as a Tootsie Roll if the particles are not removed. Patients with braces in Pearland should also watch their intake of highly-acidic foods and beverages. Though some acidic foods are very healthy, it is wise to substitute less acidic foods that contain similar nutrients. There are few beverages as harmful as soda and sports drinks, both of which have the detrimental duo of acid and sugar.
David C. Montz DDS, PA & Associates – Family, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry provides quality general and cosmetic dentistry including porcelain veneers, sedation dentistry, and CEREC dental crowns. Our considerate team is devoted to oral health and stunning smiles. If you are new to the Houston area, we invite you to call us at 832-895-5120 to schedule an exam and cleaning. Our team looks forward to meeting you.
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