Diet And Oral Hygiene

Pediatric Dental Professionals

Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics located in Austin, TX

When your child begins wearing braces, there are two important factors to pay attention to diet and oral hygiene. At Pediatric Dental Professionals in Austin, Texas, orthodontist Stephen Robirds, DDS, offers patients a special program focused on diet and oral hygiene that helps patients get the most of their orthodontic treatment. Proper brushing and flossing, as well as maintaining a healthy diet, can actually help orthodontics produce better, faster results. To learn more, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Diet and Oral Hygiene Q & A

How do diet and oral hygiene affect orthodontic treatments? 

Just because braces straighten your teeth doesn’t mean you can neglect other parts of your oral care. Your dietary choices and oral hygiene habits affect the health of your teeth and gums. But braces can complicate matters for all orthodontic patients. 

That’s why Dr. Robirds has developed a special diet and oral hygiene program for patients to help them maintain excellent oral health even during orthodontic treatment. The program helps make sure your diet and oral hygiene make your orthodontic treatment produce better and quicker results. 

What is the diet part of the program? 

When you have braces, it’s important to watch what you eat. That’s because it’s harder to keep your teeth clean and healthy with braces, but also because certain foods can damage your braces and lengthen your treatment plan. 

These foods can lead to bent or damaged wiring of your braces: 

  • Pizza crust
  • Hard rolls, pretzels, or bagels
  • Hard taco shells
  • Popcorn
  • Beef jerky
  • Meat on the bone 
  • Corn on the cob
  • Hard candy
  • Caramel, taffy, and sugary gum

Avoid biting your fingernails, as this is a common way to ruin your braces. 

What is the oral hygiene part of the program? 

The oral hygiene part of Dr. Robird’s program is meant to help you keep your teeth clean and healthy throughout orthodontic treatment Here are the areas of concern: 

Brushing techniques

Brushing your teeth with metal brackets on your teeth is an art form. Dr. Robirds shows you proper form and provides tips on how to best care for your teeth with braces. 

Flossing techniques

Flossing is a key part of your oral hygiene routine. Braces can complicate flossing so Dr. Robirds helps you learn how to adapt and maintain effective flossing even with braces on your teeth. 

Retainers

Dr. Robirds explains why wearing retainers as advised is such a critical part of your orthodontic treatment, even though it happens once your braces are off. Retainers help you maintain good oral hygiene after braces. In many cases, without a retainer to help hold your teeth in alignment, your teeth can return to their pre-treatment locations and require further orthodontic treatment. 

To schedule a visit with Dr. Robirds, call the office or book an appointment online today.