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Tooth decay is a serious dental issue that should be avoided at all costs. Unfortunately, because the smile can be tough to clean, those with braces are prone to cavities. However, this doesn’t have to be the case for you if you don’t want it to be. To help you prevent tooth decay when you have braces in Birmingham, Alabama, our orthodontist, Dr. Bertha Dieguez, encourages you to do the following things:

-Focus on brushing: Brush your teeth after each meal and snack with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Make sure to brush for two minutes each time. As you scrub, tilt the brush so you can clean under the wires and around the brackets.

-Focus on flossing: Floss your teeth at least once a day, if not more. In fact, it’s best to floss after each time you brush. As you do so, use waxed floss and a floss threader to make the job easier. Flossing can help remove cavity-causing bacteria from between the teeth.

-Visit your dentist: Your routine dental checkups help you prevent cavities because the cleaning treatment removes plaque and bacteria from your smile and the fluoride treatment nourishes and strengthens your tooth enamel. Make sure to keep up on your checkups by visiting your dentist every six months.

To learn more about how to avoid tooth decay when you have braces, please contact Dieguez Smiles at 205-980-4744 when you have the chance. Our orthodontic team is happy to give you the answers, tips, and information you’re looking for, and we look forward to hearing from you!