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Prevent Tooth Decay While Wearing Braces


Curious how you can prevent tooth decay while wearing braces? Cleaning your teeth with braces and other orthodontic appliances can be tricky. We’re here to help make sure you have the knowledge and tools to keep your teeth clean and healthy just not during your orthodontic treatment, but beyond as well.

Here are 3 ways to help prevent tooth decay while wearing braces or Invisalign:

  • Brush after every meal and floss daily with a floss pick to get in between those hard-to-reach areas behind your brackets and wires.
  • Use a fluoride mouth rinse to help wash away and leftover food particles after snacks and before bed.
  • Avoid the common braces “no-no’s” such as extra sticky/chewy foods, hard candies, ice, popcorn and gum.

If you’re using Invisalign trays over traditional braces, be sure to clean these daily to avoid cavity causing bacteria build-up. *The same is true for retainers as well, make sure you’re sanitizing your orthodontic appliances well and often!

The extra effort will be worth it when your braces are removed and a beautiful, healthy smile is shining back at you!

As always, if you have a dental or orthodontic concern, our team is here to help! Contact us to schedule an appointment with any of our Pediatric Dentists and Orthodontists to discuss your child’s oral health and dental hygiene.

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