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What is the right way to care for a space maintainer?

The right way to care for a dental space maintainer includes brushing regularly to keep the gum tissue healthy. The child should also avoid hard or sticky foods and chewing gum, since they can loosen the band or get caught in the wire arm of the space maintainer. Your child also should avoid pushing on the space maintainer with his or her tongue or fingers, since this, too, can bend or loosen it.

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