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Having bad breath is a common occurrence for everyone. However, it’s even more common for people with braces. This is because food and plaque tend to get trapped in the spaces between the teeth and the appliance. When these substances don’t get removed, they put off a smelly odor, resulting in bad breath.

Even though having bad breath is a regular occurrence when you have braces, that doesn’t have to be the case for you. To help you prevent or fix bad breath when you are aligning your smile, our Patritto Orthodontics orthodontic team encourages you to do the following things:

-Brush your teeth: It is strongly recommended that you brush your teeth after each meal and snack. Doing so will help you free the food particles that are stuck in your smile and it will help eliminate the odor. As you brush, make sure you use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. After brushing, scrub your tongue to further aid in improving your breath.

-Floss your smile: Flossing also helps remove the food particles from your teeth. 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 great oral hygiene product that will finish cleaning your smile and will kill any bacteria that are causing the bad breath. Just make sure you use the right type of mouthwash while you rinse. You don’t want to use a wash that could damage your teeth or orthodontic appliance.

Call our office today if you have any questions or concerns about bad breath and braces in Ottumwa, Iowa. Our orthodontist, Dr. Dwayne Patritto, and our entire team at Patritto Orthodontics will be happy to help you in any way we can. We look forward to your call!