Caring for Orthodontic Braces
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Caring for Orthodontic Braces

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If your child is undergoing orthodontic treatment via traditional metal braces, there are a few things to know about caring for their braces. Improper treatment of braces could cause damage and potentially disrupt your child’s treatment plan, requiring longer treatment.

Caring for Metal Braces

  • Make sure your child brushes after each meal – While undergoing orthodontic treatment, we recommend brushing the braces after each meal, so food debris doesn't become trapped in the brackets or wires.
  • Choose the right dental hygiene products – Your orthodontist will provide you with information about the types of toothpaste, floss, and mouthwash to use with traditional metal braces. If you do not follow these instructions, you risk damaging your child's braces with dyes, abrasives, or harsh materials in other oral hygiene products.
  • Avoid potential harmful foods – Avoid letting your child eat food that can cause damage to his or her braces. These foods can include: 
    • Whole raw fruit
    • Nuts 
    • Popcorn
    • Sticky candy 
    • Bagels
    • Tough meat
  • Floss every day – Lastly, make sure your child is flossing each day. Flossing between the teeth is the best way to avoid gum disease, tooth decay, and bad breath. 

For more information on how to care for your child's teeth or make an appointment for a dental cleaning and a checkup, please contact Little Smiles of Delaware, our Delaware county child's dentist.

Posted on Nov 9, 2020

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