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Hygiene

It is really important to brush properly with braces. If brushing is not done correctly, white spots, or decalcification, can start to form on the teeth.

What are white spots?

  • Permanent “decalcification.” It is the start of a cavity, which causes discoloration and damage to the surface of your teeth.

What causes white spots?

  • Lack of proper brushing
  • Frequently eating or drinking sugary foods and drinks that are sugary

How can I prevent further damage?

  • Increase attention to brushing
  • Focus around the gum line and the brackets
  • Brush more frequently
  • Brush after each meal
  • Don't eat or drink after brushing before going to bed
  • Use the Christmas tree toothbrush to clean in between your brackets every time you brush
  • Floss on a regular basis
  • Decrease snack in between meals and eliminate sugary drinks. (Ex. sports drinks, soda, and juices)
  • Brush with a high fluoride toothpaste, and don't rinse after brushing at night
  • See your dentist every six months

brushing with braces

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