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People who have braces or retainers must take special care when cleaning their teeth. They must floss and brush regularly and avoid eating hard and chewy foods. It's important to wear a mouth guard when playing sports to avoid dental injuries.

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      • What are common causes of dental injuries?
      • How is a tooth fracture treated?
      • What are treatment options for a serious tooth fracture?
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      • How is a fracture of the enamel and dentin treated?
      • What are first aid tips for knocked out teeth?
      • What is the treatment for a displaced tooth?
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