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Braces and Tooth Decay

Braces and Tooth Decay

We must all be vigilant about protecting our teeth and gums from decay, but for those wearing braces, they should pay extra close attention to their dental care. The bacteria in plaque feed off of the sugar that is located in the food that we eat. A byproduct of this process is a harmful acid that contributes to tooth decay. Because the brackets and wires that are used in braces create more places in the mouth for food particles to get trapped, wearer of braces are at a higher risk of decay.

Practicing proper oral hygiene is your best defense against the tooth decay that can be caused by braces. Brush and floss your teeth twice a day as you normally would, but with braces, also pay attention to the brackets and the wires. Make sure that you brush under the wires. Also be sure to brush in and around all of the brackets. When our enamel loses minerals, it can develop white spots on the teeth. Food that gets trapped in and around the brackets can cause this to happen to the tooth behind the bracket. You may not even realize that it is happening, but once your braces are removed, you may have white spots where the brackets once were if you do not make an effort to remove the plaque and food particles from your braces. When brushing, be sure to use fluoride, as it will strengthen the enamel of your teeth.

It is also best to try and avoid foods that are high in acid while you are wearing braces. Foods like cherries, peaches, pineapples, and raspberries are great for your overall health, but while you are wearing braces, it can be harmful to constantly expose your teeth to foods high in acid. Avoiding soft drinks and other sources of sugar is also highly recommended.

If you are worried that you have not been taking proper care of your teeth while wearing braces, contact our expert in tooth decay treatment in Los Angeles to schedule a consultation.

 

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