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At our Dayville, CT orthodontics office it’s common for new braces patients to wonder how and if they should and can still floss while they have braces. Orthodontists in Dayville, CT want patients to know, the best way to ensure a clean and healthy smile is by brushing and flossing. Food particles can accumulate on teeth and in braces, and over time, turn into plaque. The bacteria that results from this accumulation can lead to gum disease, tooth decay and even loss of teeth. To avoid these conditions while you are in braces, take special care of your oral health to ensure you will have the best possible result.
One of the best tools for flossing is a floss threader. Basically, this is a tool you use to mimic sewing between your teeth and wires. The floss goes in one end of the threader and you guide the floss through the spaces between your teeth and braces. Then, you can floss as normal.
Interproximal brushes are another tool to get between your braces. It’s a tiny, spiral brush that is designed to get in the small areas. It won’t fit between tightly pressed teeth, but it will get in near the gums and around your wires. There are several sizes of interproximal brushes for different spaces and you may need several to get everywhere. You will also need to clean and sterilize these often, as food bit can get stuck in the bristles.
An easy and effective way to clear away plaque around braces and maintain gum health is to use a Waterpik® Water Flosser with the Orthodontic Tip. The Orthodontic Tip is designed with a tapered brush on the end to help remove plaque that sticks to the brackets and between your teeth. It also helps flush out the bacteria and food debris from around teeth and under the gums.
Using fluoridated toothpaste or adding a fluoride rinse to your routine can help prevent white spots (decalcification) and decay.
Lastly, it’s also important to keep your regularly scheduled appointments with your orthodontists in Dayville. You can rest assured that there’s an orthodontist near you who will help you maintain a simply gorgeous smile.
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This information is not meant as medical advice. It is provided solely for education. Our orthodontics office in Dayville would be pleased to discuss your unique circumstances and needs as they relate to these topics.
Orthodontist, Dr. Sam Alkhoury offers the most advanced braces for children, teens and adults, including metal braces, Damon braces, and Invisalign. Call us now for your free consultation are our Dayville, Connecticut orthodontics office.
Dayville, CT Orthodontics Office: 860.774.2008