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Do you ever struggle with bad breath while you straighten your teeth with braces? If so, you’re not alone. In fact, it’s quite common to have bad breath while you align your smile because food particles and plaque tend to get stuck in the areas between your teeth and appliance. These particles then produce a foul-smelling odor that results in your bad breath.

Even though bad breath is common when you have braces, that doesn’t have to be the case for you. There are things you can do to eliminate your bad breath, and those things are:

-Brush your teeth: Brushing your teeth after each meal will dramatically help with your bad breath. Brushing will remove the food particles that are wedged between your orthodontic appliance and teeth. We understand that brushing frequently could be inconvenient, but it is easier if you pack a travel-sized toothbrush and toothpaste with you at all times. When you’re done brushing, don’t forget to scrub your tongue.

-Floss your smile: Flossing also helps with bad breath because it cleans the hard-to-reach areas of your mouth that your toothbrush couldn’t scrub. This will help remove the mysterious food particles that are causing bad breath but are hard to find. Make sure you floss after each meal and snack as well.

-Use mouthwash: Mouthwash is a beneficial and handy tool that will complete the cleaning job and will also give you a freshened breath. We recommend using a rinse that is either fluoride or antibacterial mouthwash.

If you do these three things, the food and plaque won’t remain stuck in your braces and they won’t have a chance to send a smelly odor into your mouth, which will keep your breath fresh and clean. If you have any questions or if you would like to talk to your orthodontist, Dr. Derick Phan, about additional tips about bad breath and braces in San Jose, California, please feel free to call Phan Orthodontics now at 408.251.7901. We look forward to helping you!