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

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