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Your orthodontist, Dr. Joseph Wilson, Dr. Daniel Cowley, Dr. Brett Riche, Dr. Ryan Wilson, and Dr. Shankar Anandarajah care about you and your smile, and we want you to have the best orthodontic experience possible. However, your treatment can be marred if you’re not careful, which usually results in a poor experience or delayed treatment. So, if you want to remain on track toward your perfect smile or if you want to avoid little inconveniences, then our Ortho*Dental, Inc. team encourages you to avoid these dental issues as much as possible:

Tooth decay: Your braces can make oral hygiene a bit tricky, but it’s still very important to clean your smile on a regular basis. If you don’t, or if you perform poor cleaning jobs, the food particles and plaque will remain on your smile, promoting tooth decay.

Gum disease: Again, because it’s tough to clean around braces, plaque sometimes won’t be removed on a regular basis, which is very harmful to your smile. If the plaque stays, it can irritate your gums and eventually turn into tartar. At this point, your smile can become severely infected with gum disease. This dangerous dental issue can result in loose and lost teeth and extremely inflamed and infected gums.

Sensitivity: It’s common for your teeth to be sensitive when you have braces. Your smile isn’t used to having brackets cemented to it and the constant movement is unusual for your teeth. Receding gums resulting from gingivitis can also cause sensitive teeth. So, to help with this issue, we encourage you to brush your teeth with fluoride or desensitizing toothpaste.

Bad breath: If you have food stuck in your teeth, it’s common to have bad breath. So, to help with this issue, you can clean your teeth and braces after each meal and snack and you can scrub your tongue. You can also rinse your mouth with mouthwash after you’ve brushed and flossed.

For more information, tips, and details about how to avoid dental issues when you have braces in Gallup, New Mexico, please call our office today at (505) 863-8100 and talk to a member of our team. We are here to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to your phone call!