Some Important Tips For Flossing With Braces
HAVING BRACES IS NOT AN EXCUSE for not flossing! Flossing is a crucial part of your defense against tooth decay and periodontal disease, especially while wearing braces. Don’t forget to floss during your entire orthodontic treatment. To help you, here are some flossing-with-braces tips.
Tips For Flossing With Braces
- Use about 18 inches of floss. Wind most around one finger and the rest around the same finger on the opposite hand.
- Wax floss is less likely to tear and get caught in braces.
- Thread the floss carefully between your teeth. Thread it under the main wire before sliding it between your teeth.
- 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.
You should spend extra time on your oral care while wearing braces (some sources suggest up to three times as long). If you don’t, you increase your risk of gum disease. If you do, you’ll emerge from treatment with your healthiest smile!
Help Little Ones
If there is a younger child you care for who has braces, be present while flossing to make sure he or she does a good job. You may want to have them sit down because it often takes a while.
Have Any Tips For Other Braces Wearers?
We hope these tips are helpful. Do you have any flossing secrets that have helped you while in braces? Let us know in the comments below.