Having braces is not an excuse for not flossing! Flossing is incredibly important to prevent tooth decay and periodontal disease, especially while wearing braces. To help you, here are some tips on how to floss with braces:
- Use about 18 inches of floss. Wind the ends of the floss around your fingers.
- Thread the floss carefully between your teeth. Thread it under the main wire before sliding it between your teeth.
- Strongly consider using orthodontic threaders as these can help make getting the floss through the teeth above the wire and up to your gum line easier.
- If there is a younger child you care for who has braces, be present to make sure he or she does a good job. Having them sit down is recommendable as it often takes a while.
We hope these tips are helpful to you. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to call our Orange County office at 714.685.3890 and one of our team members will be glad to assist you! See you at your next appointment!