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Going Back to School with Braces

Kids are back at school, and sometimes as the school year progresses, kids' anxiety amps up with homework due dates, sports commitments and extracurricular activities. For teens who got braces over the summer, there's often an extra element of anxiety when it comes to spending all day around their peers, trying to keep their braces free of food and their breath fresh. Here are a few simple tips that can help make kids' life away from home a little easier with braces.

Create a Braces Essentials Kit to Carry in Your Backpack

Having the tools kids need to keep their braces in good shape, comfortable and free of any food particles is as simple as packing a small braces essentials kit to throw in their backpack. Include things like a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, wax and even lip balm. A compact mirror may be a good addition, as well, if going into the bathroom to check their braces isn't always an option. You can even buy mirror attachments for cell phones now!

Bring a Mouth Guard for Sports/Physical Education

If your teen plays sports or participates in a rigorous physical education program at their school, a mouth guard is absolutely essential for protecting their teeth and mouth. Taking a ball to the face can tear up the insides of their cheeks and gums. Talk to Dr. Buck about custom-made mouth guards that can be molded to fit over teeth more comfortably and provide better protection.

Always Carry Plenty of Water

It's always important to stay hydrated, but when you have braces, water can help rinse out the mouth after eating and remove food particles that may have become stuck in the brackets. It also helps neutralize the mouth after acid attacks that naturally occur during and after meals, which will help prevent the staining that can be a big problem with braces.

If you have any questions about life with braces or want to schedule an orthodontic evaluation for your child or teen, call us today at Balance Epigenetic Orthodontics at 206-316-8286.

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