2 Tips to Avoid Chronic Gingivitis When Wearing Braces for a Corrective Jaw Procedure

27 January 2017
 Categories: Dentist, Blog


A corrective jaw procedure that is carried out correctly can help to transform your smile for the rest of your life. In order to ensure that the procedure goes according to plan, your dentist will install braces onto your teeth well before the procedure. This is designed to give your teeth enough time to be pulled into a new alignment. In order for the braces to work correctly, your teeth need to be protected against bacterial infection. Chronic gingivitis is common in individuals who wear braces because of how easy it is for food to get stuck in the crevices. If this is your first go at wearing braces, then it can be tricky to find the right dental care routine for your braces. Luckily, there are a few tips that will get you through this stage.

Avoid Going to Bed Without Brushing Your Teeth

When you have no dental appliances installed, it can be easy to overlook brushing your teeth after dinner. As a result, you may go to sleep without brushing your teeth. You shouldn't let this happen when you have braces installed. This is especially true when they are installed for the sole purpose of carrying out a corrective jaw procedure. Making this bad habit into a routine occurrence can jeopardize the health of all the teeth in your mouth and delay your operation. Therefore, you should set your meals at least an hour before your bedtime to ensure that you have enough time to eat and clean your mouth before bed.

Rinse in Between Meals

If you find yourself at school or in extracurricular activities in between meals, then it may be more difficult to bring your toothbrush along with you and clean your mouth in a public restroom. However, this should not mean that you completely skip your cleaning for that time. Instead, you should carry a small container filled with an antibacterial rinse along with you. The rinse can easily be used inside of bathroom stall or over a sink. Remember to keep the rinse in your mouth for a few minutes and use your cheeks to target your gum line. The goal of the oral rinse is to dislodge food; therefore, it should not just sit in your mouth.

Going in for a surgical operation can seem overwhelming. However, if you follow these tips, then you will be able to enjoy a healthy mouth and your new smile.