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Rewinding the Years: Dental Care Tips for Older Adults


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Rewinding the Years: Dental Care Tips for Older Adults

Once my children were grown and on their own, I decided it was time to care of me. One of the first things I did was make an appointment with the dentist. I quickly discovered that years of not keeping up with my own dental care had taken a heavy toll on my teeth. Whereas I thought my teeth were just fine, the dentist pointed out several problems that were going to require a lot of work. When talking to friends, I found out that many of them were in the same boat. This blog is for people like me who just did not have time to keep up with their own dental care.

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2 Tips To Keep Your Cheek Bumper From Developing Food Buildup

If you are constantly having issues with overcrowded teeth, then you may find it difficult to speak and eat correctly. Overcrowding can also cause future dental issues. Before this happens, your dentist will often recommend getting a cheek bumper. A cheek bumper is installed by wrapping wires around your back teeth. Every time that you talk or eat pressure is applied to your molars in order to make room for your additional teeth. Since wires are attached to your back teeth and throughout your mouth, this can cause food to build up in between your wires and teeth. The buildup will result in a bacterial infection if it is not removed quickly. Luckily, there are a few tips that you can use in order to prevent your cheek bumper from developing food buildup.

Avoid Eating Sticky Foods

Altering your diet for your orthodontic device is sometimes one of the hardest things to do. However, there are a few foods that can be detrimental to the health of your orthodontic device. Cheek bumpers do not perform well if they are exposed to sticky substances. Since you will be eating while wearing your cheek bumper, sticky foods can get caught in the wires that are installed throughout your mouth. Sticky foods are much more difficult to adequately remove and may end up developing bacteria. Therefore, it is best to completely eliminate sticky foods from your diet until you no longer need to wear your cheek bumper.

Always Rinse Your Cheek Bumper Before Bed

A standard toothbrush is ideal for removing food debris from the surface of your teeth. However, an antibacterial rinse is designed to clean between and around your teeth. An antibacterial rinse can access food debris that are often caught in harder to reach corners. Therefore, you should always use an antibacterial rinse to help cleanse your cheek bumper and mouth before going to bed. This will ensure that all food buildup is removed before bacteria has a chance to spread during the night. You can create a simple rinse by soaking mint leaves and a few slices of lemon in hot water for several minutes. After the time has passed, soak your cheek bumper in the rinse as well. It is best to keep your orthodontic device in the mix for at least an hour.

Your cheek bumper will work best when it is keep as free of food debris as possible. Therefore, use these tips to ensure that this happens.