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Taking care of braces during the school year!

It’s back to school time around Longview, Kilgore, Gilmer, and all of East Texas! Did one of your children go back to school with braces on? Congratulations! They’re on their way to a healthier smile. It is important for them to continue to take care of their braces even while they are at school…

Tips on Keeping Braces Clean At School:

  1. Bring your MHO Brushing kit to school

Help them out by putting a brushing kit in their backpack! Here at Mack and Hansen Orthodontics we give each patient one of these the day they start their braces journey with us. These orthodontic care kits help children stay on track with their oral hygiene and keep all their braces care tools handy during the busy school year.

  1. Brush Or Rinse After Every Meal

It is important to brush not only at night and in the morning, but at school as well! Remind your children to brush their teeth and around their braces at school too. If they are unable to use their toothbrush, rinsing with water after eating or drinking anything containing sugar can help minimize the chance of developing a cavity on their teeth.

  1. Drink Plenty Of Water

We all know drinking water is important. Having a handy water bottle can help children not only keep their teeth clean but also stay optimally hydrated during the school day. Soda and other sugary drinks such as Gatorade can leave sugar behind and damage teeth so drinking water instead is the best way to go!

  1. Protect Your Mouth During Sports

We recommend all children, regardless of if they have braces on their teeth or not, to wear something to protect their teeth while they are engaging in sports. Wearing a mouthguard can help prevent any damage to teeth or other serious injuries that can occur while playing sports.

If you have any additional questions about Mack and Hansen Orthodontics or want to discover how Dr. Spencer Mack and Dr. Andrew Hansen can help you gain straighter teeth and a healthier smile with braces or Invisalign please contact us today! You can also visit to learn more about our orthodontists and request a complimentary consult, or you can call us at 903-212-7737. We’re conveniently located in Longview, TX and are just a quick drive from Marshall, Carthage, Henderson, Kilgore, and Gilmer.

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