Flossing with braces

 

Braces should not be an obstacle preventing you from flossing. Traditional flossing is more challenging when you are forced to deal with wires in braces. Still, it is a part of dental care you cannot afford to ignore.

Flossing is crucial to keeping a bright and healthy smile. It removes food particles that become trapped between teeth. Braces can increase your chances of accumulating trapped food particles. If those foods contain sugar, the trapped particles will eat away at your tooth enamel and cause cavities.

Consider these strategies for making flossing with braces an easier task:

Use waxed floss

Waxed floss is more durable than floss without wax. It is less likely to catch on your braces and leave behind shreds of dental floss. You will need a long enough piece so you can work it back and forth. It should be at least 18 inches or longer.

Be gentle

Use a floss threader to slip the floss in between teeth without it snagging on the wires. Glide it up to the gum line and move the floss in a gentle sawing motion. It requires a delicate touch like threading a needle. Never snap the floss or you can cause snags and bleeding.

Take enough time

Set aside enough time to care for your teeth. Being gentle in your flossing means it will take much longer to floss with braces than without braces. The time invested is worth it. Failing to floss can lead to gum disease or other oral health problems.

Help your children

Parents who have younger children who wear braces should take an active role in helping their child floss each night. Children do not have the coordination needed to floss properly. Have them sit in a well-lit area and remain still while you floss their teeth. If they struggle to sit still, put on some music or a TV show to draw their attention away from the floss.


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