Brace Yourself

Know what to do for broken dental appliances

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(HealthDayNews) -- If your child's dental braces break and you're nowhere near a dentist, the Children's Hospital in Richmond, Virginia, offers this advice:

  • If it's a broken wire and it can be easily removed, take it out.
  • If a sharp portion is hurting your child, cover that section with dental wax, cotton balls, gauze or chewing gum.
  • If a wire is stuck in the gums, tongue or cheek, don't remove it yourself. Seek medical help immediately.


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