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If you suffer from bad breath while you have braces, we have some tips for you. The bad breath generally develops when you have poor oral hygiene, so it’s time to step it up a notch. As you eat, food gets stuck between your teeth and braces and it sends an odor into your mouth, causing bad breath. To prevent this from happening, we recommend doing 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.
· Floss your smile: Flossing also helps in removing 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. Our orthodontist, Dr. Laura Rothe, and our entire dental team at Skyline Orthodontics will be happy to help you in any way we can. We look forward to your call!