The trouble with wearing braces is that it is never that easy to reach the teeth concealed by the braces and keep them clean. White spots are marks that occur on teeth, which have a brighter and more opaque appearance than the remainder of the tooth. They form when acid begins to dissolve the teeth and are often due to poor tooth brushing techniques while braces are in use.
Removing the plaque from teeth is particularly important, because it is the bacteria in the plaque that produces acid that can slowly dissolve teeth. There is a greater risk of attracting white spots while wearing braces but they can occur at any time to anyone who does not keep his or her teeth scrupulously clean.
Prevent White Spots While Wearing Braces
The prevention of white spots during brace wearing is important as they are the forerunner to cavity formation, if not stopped in their tracks. When acid begins its attack on a tooth, thousands of tiny holes are formed in the enamel on the tooth’s surface.
White spots occur in 10 – 20 % of children while they are wearing braces. Many incidents are due to poorly executed brushing and flossing which leaves plaque present on the teeth causing white spots and gum disease. The main way for the prevention of white spots is good flossing and brushing.
White Spot Outbreaks Can Usually be Predicted by an Orthodontist
Orthodontists can usually predict the likely chances of an outbreak of white spots as they know why they develop which is mainly due to insufficient oral hygiene before the wearing of braces. Fluoride should be used in toothpaste as a means of preventing decalcification.
Braces recipients often require additional help and they need to be extra careful when brushing and flossing teeth. An electric toothbrush can help to prevent white spots as it removes plaque effectively.
For advice about your braces or to find out how best to look after them, make an appointment with Gluck Orthodontics today.
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