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15. What about cavities and decalcification? 

Orthodontic braces do not cause cavities, but they do have the ability to trap food particles and increase the likelihood of developing cavities or decalcification marks (white spots) if oral hygiene is not adequate. Most patients are able to prevent these problems with a combination of proper diet, good tooth brushing habits, and regular check-ups with the family dentist.

BracesYou should brush your teeth immediately after eating, using the proper techniques for brushing with braces. If brushing right away is not possible, vigorously rinsing with several mouthfuls of water is helpful. Excellent oral hygiene and plaque removal are musts. Remember to avoid sugar, carbonated beverages, and between-meal snacks whenever possible. 

Check for loose bands or brackets daily. If any part of your orthodontic appliance becomes loose, call the office immediately to schedule an appointment. A loose band or bracket greatly increases your chance of getting cavities. If you miss appointments and are not seen regularly by Dr. Hendrix, loose bands can go undetected and may result in tooth damage. 

To keep teeth and gums healthy, regular visits to the general (family) dentist must continue during orthodontic treatment. Adults who have a history of, or concerns about, periodontal (bone and gum) disease might also see a periodontist (specialist in treating diseases of the bone and gums) on a regular basis throughout orthodontic treatment. 

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