- January 15, 2020
You made the right decision by choosing to get braces. Not only will straightening your teeth transform the look of your smile, but it will also greatly improve your oral health. Despite braces being an extraordinary way to enhance your smile, the wires and brackets can make it somewhat difficult to keep your teeth clean.
It is not uncommon for people to struggle with flossing during their first few weeks with braces. Fortunately, with the right technique and a bit of practice, you will find yourself able to successfully floss with braces.
Tips on How to Floss with Braces
The first thing you should do when cleaning your teeth is to rinse your mouth. You can rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash. You want to try to flush out any leftover food particles.
You will also want to brush your teeth after each meal, whenever possible. Braces make it easier for food to get trapped, leading to bacteria that can wreak havoc on your teeth and gums.
After brushing, use thin, waxed dental floss. Non-waxed dental floss tends to get caught on braces, leaving shreds behind.
Place the floss above the main wire of your braces and then grasp it firmly with both hands, leaving a few inches of floss between your hands. Then gently guide the floss up and down between the teeth, making sure to pull it up to the gum line. Move the floss up and down a few times to effectively remove any food particles or plaque that may have gotten trapped between those teeth.
Then gently let the floss slide out from behind the bracket and repeat for the space between your next two teeth. Repeat until you have thoroughly flossed between each of your teeth. Don’t forget to floss behind the very last teeth on either side of your top and bottom rows of teeth.
Some people find that an orthodontic floss threader is a helpful tool that makes flossing with braces easier. But it isn’t required and flossing the old-fashioned way with regular dental floss is effective enough with the right amount of practice.
If you are considering using a water flosser, mention this to us during your next checkup. We can share our tips and tricks to effectively flossing between teeth with braces using a water flosser.
Is It Really Necessary to Floss Between Teeth Daily?
If you have ever wondered whether it is really necessary to floss between your teeth at least once daily, the answer is absolutely yes!
Without flossing, food particles, plaque, and harmful bacteria can become trapped between your teeth, leading to tooth decay and gum disease. If left untreated, it could potentially lead to oral cancer.
No matter how thoroughly and effectively you brush your teeth, a toothbrush isn’t capable of reaching the spaces in between your teeth. Only floss can do that. The next time you consider skipping flossing for the day, remember the bacteria that are making themselves at home in between your teeth.
For more information on how to maintain healthy teeth and gums, call Brandon Family Dental in Ortonville, MI at [phone]. You also can contact us online to request a consultation.