How can Braces Help with Tooth Decay?

Posted on 04/10/2015 by Dr. Lovrovich
A girl with dental braces smiling.

You probably think of braces as a way to provide kids, teens and even some adults with straight teeth to give them a pretty smile. While this is true and it is the goal of braces for many people, they can also help fight against tooth decay. It might seem strange that metal brackets can help to stop cavities from forming in your mouth, but they are one of the most prominent choices for people with crooked teeth. Because an overcrowded mouth or mouth with excessively crooked teeth makes it difficult to reach every tooth in the mouth with a toothbrush or floss, bacteria, plaque and tartar can begin to build up. When this happens, the enamel is eaten away and tooth decay typically results no matter how hard you try.

How do Dental Braces Help?

Braces help to create the proper spacing between each tooth and realign the crooked teeth. This leaves you or your child with teeth that have plenty of room for flossing and proper brushing. Now when you perform your oral hygiene habits, you are able to effectively remove all of the food particles, decreasing the amount of bacteria that resides in the mouth. Of course, you need to keep up good oral hygiene habits in order for braces to provide the solution that you need, but if you suffer from excessive tooth decay as a result of crooked teeth, braces could be the answer you need to put an end to cavities and extensive dental work.

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