How to keep your braces clean & healthy.

When you have braces on teeth, those teeth need extra attention to protect them from decay, staining and gum disease. You should also take precautions to avoid damaging the braces. For example, activities to avoid include eating chewy or sticky sweets, eating hard or crunchy foods, biting your lip, breathing excessively through your mouth and pushing your tongue against your teeth, according to the Academy of General Dentistry. Brushing Although brushing twice a day is the standard oral care recommendation, when you wear braces, you should brush after every time you eat — even after that mid-afternoon vending machine snack or some late-night munchies. That's because food particles easily become trapped in the braces, and the longer those particles stay...

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How does a cavity form?

The main causes of tooth decay or caries are sugar and food remains, as bacteria which live in the mouth convert sugar and sugar components from the diet into acids. These bacteria settle on the surface of the teeth and form a sticky coating called plaque.

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