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Tooth decay (also known as cavities) is one of the most serious dental issues in the world today. This is why your dentist and orthodontist strongly encourage you to prevent cavities on a regular basis, especially when you have braces. Now, Dr. Ponce understands that might be a tough task if you’re not sure how to do so, so she is happy to give you the tips you need to keep cavities at bay when you have braces in Tucson, Arizona.

First, brush your teeth often. It’s recommended to brush after each time you eat, like after breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You should also brush before you go to sleep each night. As you brush, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.

Second, floss your teeth daily. If you can floss more than once a day, do it! Flossing can remove the cavity-causing bacteria that live in the small nooks your teeth and orthodontic appliance. If you have a hard time flossing, feel free to try dental floss that has stiff ends.

Third, have a healthy and balanced diet. This means you need to avoid sugary and acidic foods and drinks as well as drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. In addition, try to eat more tooth-healthy foods that your dentist and orthodontist recommend.

Call Friendly Smiles Orthodontics today at 520-326-1101 if you have any questions or if you would like to know more. Our orthodontic team is more than happy to assist you, and we look forward to hearing from you!