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Orthodontia Basics: How to Care for Your Child's Teeth When They Have Braces

Last updated 5 years ago

The proper alignment of your child’s teeth and jaws will not only give your child a beautiful, straight smile, but it also improves their overall oral health. If your child’s pediatric dentist recommends orthodontic treatment, learn how to help your child care for their mouth with braces. Pediatric dentists recommend taking extra care to ensure a clean mouth because orthodontic appliances readily trap food particles, which can lead to tooth decay. Here’s a look at some of the care guidelines your pediatric dentist might recommend:

How to Brush and Floss
Ask the pediatric dentist to demonstrate the proper brushing and flossing techniques to use with braces. Make sure that you watch the demonstration too, so that you can help your child at home. Your child should brush their teeth from the top downward and then upward again

How to Use Dental Wax
To improve your child’s comfort level, pediatric dentists recommend using dental wax on orthodontic appliances. If there are any wires or brackets that are bothering your child, apply a small piece of dentist-approved wax to create a smooth surface.

Which Foods to Avoid
Your child’s pediatric dentist will provide a list of foods that should not be eaten with braces. These include those that are sticky, chewy, or crunchy, such as apples, bagels, caramel, popcorn, and carrots.

For more helpful advice on caring for your child’s teeth and orthodontic appliances, speak to the pediatric dentists of Park View Pediatric Dentistry. Our Manhattan practice can be reached at (646) 402-6578. Or, you could visit our website to learn more about pediatric dentistry.


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