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If you are aligning your smile with braces, there is a high chance that you might suffer from bad breath. This is completely normal and it is caused by poor oral hygiene and stuck food particles. So, if you are currently having a hard time keeping your breath fresh and minty, it’s time to step up your game.

The bad breath develops when food particles are stuck in your appliance for a long amount of time and they start to give off an odor. To fix this problem, we recommend doing the following things:

· Brush your teeth: It is highly recommended to brush your teeth after each meal and snack. This will help you remove the food particles that stick to your appliance and give you bad breath. It’s easier to carry a small, travel-sized toothbrush and toothpaste around with you so you can brush when you need to.
· Floss your smile: Flossing also helps in removing the food particles from your smile. 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 beneficial tool that can finish the cleaning job and freshen your breath. As you rinse, the chemicals in the wash will deeply clean the small nooks and crannies of your smile and it will kill any bacteria that are causing bad breath.

If you need tips on how to properly brush and floss your teeth while you have braces, please feel free to call Simpson Dental Associates at 304-342-6162 now and schedule an appointment. Dr. Mark Simpson will be happy to help you improve your oral hygiene routine so you can eliminate your bad breath. We look forward to working with you!