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If you are aligning your smile with braces, there is a chance you might experience bad breath from time to time. This is completely normal, especially because food particles tend to get trapped in the brackets, bands, and wires of your appliance. When this happens, the particles promote bad breath. However, that doesn’t have to be the case for you! If you want to get rid of bad breath when you have braces in Austin, Texas, all you need to do are the following things:

-Brush your teeth: It is highly recommended to brush your teeth after each meal and snack. This will help you remove the food particles that stick to your appliance and give you bad breath. It’s easier to carry a small, travel-sized toothbrush and toothpaste around with you so you can brush when you need to. When you are done brushing, scrub your tongue to give you a more pristine breath.

-Floss your smile: Flossing also helps remove the food particles from your smile. In fact, it cleans the areas of your mouth that your toothbrush could not reach. So, do your best to floss after you eat so you can free the hidden food particles that send odors into your mouth.

-Use mouthwash: Mouthwash is a beneficial tool that can finish the cleaning job and freshen your breath. As you rinse, the chemicals in the wash will deeply clean the small nooks and crannies of your smile and it will kill any bacteria that are causing bad breath.

If you need tips on how to properly brush and floss your teeth while you have braces, please feel free to call us at 512-258-6683 now and schedule an appointment. Your orthodontist, Dr. Joseph P. Goodson, will be happy to help you improve your oral hygiene routine so you can eliminate your bad breath. We look forward to working with you!