Back to School With Braces
School is back in session! That means busy days and nights for children and their parents alike. No matter how crazy your schedule, it’s important to maintain oral hygiene.
If you’re going back to school with braces, here are some tips and reminders to help you keep on track taking care of your braces and improving your smile.
Pack a Braces Care Kit
Pack a braces care kit for you or your child to keep in their backpack. Whether at school, or busing to sporting events in another county, they’ll always have everything they need to take care of their braces. In your kit, be sure to include:
- Dental wax
- Extra elastics (if you use them)
After each meal, brush, floss and reapply dental wax to any irritating braces.
Take Care of Your Teeth while Playing Sports
Your braces won’t get in the way of you having a fun, active lifestyle! But you should take some precautions to take care of your teeth. The most important thing to remember is to wear a mouthguard when playing sports.
Be sure to have a mouthguard that is properly fitted. If you don’t know where to start, we can help with that, or make a recommendation on a good brand. And don’t overdo it with sports drinks! (More on that later.)
Remember to Eat Smart
Remember all the advice we gave you about making braces-friendly food choices? Of course all that still applies, whether you’re home, at school or on a field trip.
Avoid eating foods that could damage your teeth or braces like nuts, jerky and hard candy. You should also avoid sticky foods like taffy and caramels.
There are some great food choices you can make that you have to be careful with, too—apples are great, but cut them up first! The same goes for steak, corn on the cob and raw vegetables.
Drink Lots of Water
You should always be drinking lots of water. Water is the best way to stay hydrated, it’s effective and better for you than sports drinks or juices. Water also helps to flush out and remove food leftover in your teeth and neutralizes the acid in your mouth, keeping your teeth healthier.