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How can I reduce complications after my child gets metal braces?

You can reduce complications after your child gets metal braces by keeping his gums and teeth clean. Make sure your child brushes his teeth twice a day and flosses daily. Your child should not eat sticky and chewy foods such as gum and candy that can damage his metal braces. Sugary foods such as soft drinks can leave sugar around your child's metal braces, so they should be avoided.

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