There is nothing worse than being taken off guard with easily preventable orthodontia problems, which arise all too often because of poor dental habits. In general, there are approximately six major dental issues that tend to plague patients and determine how healthy or not their teeth, gums and jawline may be.

Over the next few days, we plan to explore some of these issues, what they mean for orthodontic correction and how they can affect your everyday life.

Today, we are going to start with demineralization, a scarring on the teeth that can result in unsightly white marks on the enamel and increased sensitivity.

Demineralization is the result of food or sugars left on the surface of teeth coming into contact with bacteria, creating an acid that breaks down the tooth itself and removes the calcium and phosphate which colors the teeth.

While it can happen to anyone, people who wear braces are more susceptible to this issue because food can become caught in the wires or brackets, which make it easier for bacteria and acid to build up.

However, demineralization prevention is simple: brush after every meal, floss once a day, rinse out with mouthwash and cut back on corrosive foods and beverages like soda. It is also important to avoid chewy, sugary foods like gummy candies, which can easily become lodged in the brackets or wires of your braces and tend to be hard to clean out. 

To learn more about how to care for your teeth while wearing braces, or or more information on adult braces and other orthodontic treatments, contact Upper Eastside Orthodontists to schedule an appointment today. Our professionals can help you establish a regimen that will create and maintain healthy, strong teeth. 

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