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How To Prevent Cavities While Wearing Braces

Posted on 8/7/2023 by Mark Bieber
 How To Prevent Cavities While Wearing BracesOne of the most common problems people who wear braces face is caring for the braces properly. It can be difficult to wear braces and keep them clean. However, it is really important to watch for signs of cavities while you are wearing braces so that you don't have to have fillings done as soon as your braces come off.

Avoid Sugary Foods

Avoiding foods that contain a lot of sugar is one of the best ways you can prevent cavities while you're wearing braces. That's because you have bacteria in your mouth all of the time, and bacteria is what causes cavities. Bacteria feed on sugar, and then the acid from the bacteria eats into your tooth enamel. This is a problem when you're wearing braces because they are difficult to clean.

Also, the stickier forms of candy, such as caramel and taffy, stick to your teeth and your braces, making them that much harder to clean. The longer they stay on your teeth and braces, the more likely you are to develop cavities. You don't have to avoid sugar all of the time while you're wearing braces, but it is best to keep the sugar to a minimum and avoid all of those sticky sugars.

Brushing and Flossing Are Key

You already know how important brushing and flossing are in order to maintain good dental hygiene. It is even more important to practice good dental hygiene with braces. Each time you eat, you will want to brush and floss. Flossing is just as important as brushing, especially when you wear braces. Food can get stuck in the brackets or between the brackets and wires of your braces and can cause cavities if it is left there too long. If you brush and floss after every meal or snack, you'll have a better chance of avoiding cavities.

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