Fluoride protection against tooth decay is needed throughout life. However, while you are wearing braces, it is much harder to keep your teeth clean.
This can result in higher than normal amounts of plaque accumulation, which can cause cavities.
Using fluoride toothpaste after each meal or at least twice a day is one of the most proven ways to help you stay decay free. Fluoride makes teeth more resistant to the acids produced after eating or drinking and replaces minerals that are lost in the early stages of tooth decay.
Because your risk of tooth decay may be higher while you are wearing braces, your orthodontist may prescribe Tooth Moose. This will replace the calcium lost from the teeth and therefore can also help prevent tooth cavities.
Your orthodontist or hygienist may recommend using special cleaning aids such as interdental brushes or floss threaders – yes, you can and should floss while wearing braces! Ask your orthodontist or hygienist to show you.
Remember that it is good oral hygiene that will prevent tooth cavities.