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With school starting soon, many are out getting new clothes and school supplies to prepare for the upcoming year. If your child got braces this summer, it is also important to prepare for taking care of their braces during the school year. Braces can change their daily routine, so here at Gutiérrez Orthodontics, we’ve prepared a few helpful tips to help make managing braces easier during the school year!
If your child is new to having braces, taking a braces care kit to school can help keep your child prepared for a variety of situations that come with having braces. A braces care kit should include items such as:
Other helpful items such as lip balm, extra elastics, or a small mirror will also come in handy. This kit will provide your child with the supplies needed to care for their teeth after eating lunch and to provide comfort from irritated gums, lips, or cheeks.
If your child has conventional braces, it is important for them to stay away from chewy, crunchy or hard and sticky foods. These foods can cause damage to or break their brackets which could cause discomfort and lengthen the time needed for treatment. A lunch with softer fruits, such a banana, and sandwiches cut into smaller pieces are safer and easier to eat with braces.
Gym class can be fun, but with braces, your child is at a higher risk of injury. Getting hit in the face with an object like a basketball can cause damage to the gums and cheeks, so it is important to wear a mouthguard specifically made for those with braces during physical activity to prevent injury and help ensure proper oral health.
Drinking water good for your child’s overall health and can also help remove food particles that may have gotten stuck in the teeth and braces. Drinking more water may also help them stay away from soda and other sugary drinks that could stain their teeth and result in white spots from the brackets when the braces are removed.