(HealthDay News) -- From crooked to crowded teeth, children need braces for a variety of reasons, says KidsHealth. Because it's so easy for food to get stuck in braces, children need to take extra steps to keep their teeth clean.
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To care for braces, KidsHealth encourages:
- Brushing after meals and flossing daily.
- Scheduling regular dental cleanings and checkups.
- Avoiding foods like popcorn, sticky candy and gum.
- Eating soft foods.
- Taking pain relievers if the braces feel uncomfortable.
If a child has a loose wire or bracket, KidsHealth urges parents to see the orthodontist without delay.
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