Your Child in Braces

Undergoing orthodontic treatment in Encino, CA can be a routine change for some kids. Remembering to brush their teeth throughout the day and having the patience to do it right can be a lot of responsibility for them.

When your child returns to school it’ll be up to them to keep their teeth clean and healthy. As a parent, there are some ways to help your child be successful.

School life is busy, and it can be hard for your child to remember to make their teeth a priority.  If you pack your child’s lunch every day you can place a note in their lunch box reminding them to brush afterwards

A little pouch that has all of the dental tools your child will need really comes in handy. Fill it with a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, and if your child is in Invisalign you can also include a container for their aligners.

If your child is allowed to have a cellphone with them at school, you can set up a calendar alert that will go off during their lunch hour and remind them to brush their teeth.

After your child brushes their teeth at night, follow up with a fluoridated mouthwash or prescription paste to help re-mineralize areas that might have been weakened by plaque during the day.

The Importance of Oral Hygiene During Orthodontic Treatment

Braces and Invisalign aligners can harbor a lot of germs and bacteria throughout the day, ultimately leading to tooth decay if not properly removed.  Make sure that your child understands the importance of keeping their teeth clean. The last thing that you and your child will want is to finish orthodontic treatment and see a ton of cavities.

In addition to regular brushing, during orthodontic treatment, professional cleanings every 3 - 6 months are a must. If it’s time for your child to have a checkup and cleaning, call Encino Dental Studio today for an appointment.

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