THERE ARE MANY REASONS to receive orthodontic treatment. On top of the list, and simply put, people want straighter teeth. Straight, properly aligned teeth can improve your appearance and your oral health. But that’s not all…
Straight teeth can also help improve your breath.
There Are Many Causes Of Bad Breath
Poor dental hygiene, illness, medication, food—all can leave a “bad taste” in your mouth, but so can crooked teeth.
People with crooked or misaligned teeth tend to have gaps in their smiles where food particles and bacteria can hide. This can create hard-to-reach areas where plaque can build up. Left undisturbed, bacteria (and plaque) in the mouth can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and you got it… bad breath odor.
Straightening Your Teeth Can Help!
Braces and other orthodontic appliances from Dental Partners of Boston can close up spaces in your mouth and help eliminate bacteria’s hideouts. With straight teeth, your brushing and flossing can be more effective. This can help keep your gums and teeth cleaner and your breath fresher.
If You Have Braces, Keep Them Clean
Food particles and bacteria can also get caught in your orthodontic appliance. If you have braces (or plan on getting them), it’s absolutely essential that you maintain good oral hygiene. We know it can be challenging, but it’s necessary if you want a healthy smile and good breath! Think of it this way, brushing and flossing can help get rid of bad-breath-causing bacteria. So do it at least twice a day!