Health Tip: Caring for Your Braces

Practice good dental hygiene, and watch what you eat

(HealthDay News) -- While people who have braces don't have to switch to a special diet, there are foods that can cause problems and should be avoided, the Nemours Foundation says.

If you have braces, you should avoid popcorn, gum, hard or sticky candy, and beverages that are too sugary, such as some sodas and juices.

The Foundation offers these additional suggestions to care for your braces:

  • Carefully brush and floss your teeth after each meal or snack.
  • If you drink sodas or juices with lots of sugar, brush afterward to help keep the sugar from sticking to your teeth.
  • See your orthodontist about any problem with your braces, including loose wires or brackets that can cut into the skin.
  • For sore teeth after an adjustment, take an over-the-counter pain reliever.

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