DENTAL HEALTH: Tips for flossing with Braces

When you have braces, the brackets on your teeth trap food particles, and the wires get in the way of brushing and flossing. It’s more difficult to clean the hard to reach places, so people with braces are more likely to get cavities and gingivitis.

Here’s why you should take extra care to floss daily with braces:

1. Healthy gums and teeth when your braces are removed.

2. Prevents swollen and bleeding gums.

3. Chances of tooth decay, gum disease, and white spots forming around the brackets decreases.

Tips For Flossing With Braces:

1. Use about 18 inches of floss. Wind most around one finger and the rest around the same finger on the opposite hand, gently slide the floss along the side and up into the gum line of each tooth. Remove the floss and re-thread it under the main wire to pass between the next pair of teeth.

2. Floss threader helps floss slip between each tooth without catching.

3. An orthodontic threader can help make it easier to thread the floss through the teeth above the wire so you can reach your gum line.

4. Unwaxed floss tends to get caught and shred in braces, using waxed floss can make it more convenient to floss.

5. You should spend extra time on your oral care while wearing braces. About three times more than you’d spend on your teeth without braces.

How to brush and what to eat:

1. Brush your teeth carefully: To remove all of the plaque and bacteria, you should brush your teeth three times a day.

2. Avoid foods that can damage your braces: Foods that are hard or sticky can cause damage. Avoid foods that can get stuck in your braces like hard candies, gum, nuts.

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