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07Nov2010

Taking Care Of Teeth With Braces

DO YOU, OR SOMEONE YOU LOVE, HAVE BRACES? Underneath the metal, your teeth are moving—and inching you ever closer each day toward a great new smile! Wouldn’t it be a shame if, once those braces came off, you had a bunch of cavities!?

We don’t want this to happen any more than you — so here are some tips to keeping your mouth healthy while getting a smile you’ll love.

All that gadgetry in your mouth—from the springs and wires to the rubber bands—can attract food and plaque. We want to give this important reminder: It is important to brush properly and to use floss and/or mouthwash per your orthodontist’s recommendations. Plaque left on your teeth and around your braces can cause your gums to swell, your teeth to become discolored, chronic stinky breath and even some cavities.

Cleaning Your Braces Correctly Is A Chore, But Worth It

Over five million people in North America wear braces. If you’re one of them (or your child) be sure to take the time to pay attention to detail. While it requires spending a little more effort before bedtime… In the long run it will be worth it.

The purpose of this post today isn’t to go over all the details of caring for teeth with braces. We just want to talk about cleaning them. Your orthodontist has likely already told you lots of do’s and don’ts. But as a reminder, there are foods you should probably just avoid all together including taffy, caramels, and hard nuts. Oh, and don’t chew ice or bubble gum—and be careful with things that are hard to bite like bagels and apples.

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We look forward to seeing you the next time you visit!

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