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Flossing with Braces

flossOne of the most difficult things that you have to do when you have braces is FLOSSING. Many children, teens and even some adults =x don’t really know how to floss with braces. Some even think that they aren’t suppose to floss at all if they have braces. In reality, daily flossing is important especially more important when you have braces. The reason is you are more likely to have food particles trapped in your braces, bands and wires, which would could increase your risk of a cavity.

Flossing can be a complete pain and hassle, especially if you have braces. Be prepared to spend three times as long on your oral care while you have braces on your teeth. Not to worry, it’s completely worth it when you see your pearly whites after your orthodontic treatment. You also increase your risk of gum disease, if you do not floss.

brushing-and-flossingAlthough flossing with braces is tricky, just like everything else, PRACTICE MAKES ME PERFECT. Check out these tips for flossing with braces.

  • Use waxed floss, dental tape or an orthodontic brush. Stay away from unwaxed floss because it will more likely get caught and shred in your braces.
  • Use about 18 inches of floss to ensure there is enough to floss.
  • Take the floss and carefully thread it under the main wire of the braces before passing it between two teeth. Then remove the floss and re-thread it under the main wire to pass between the next pair of teeth. Thread the floss carefully.
  • Be sure not to snap the floss. Just simply move it up and down gently against the side of each tooth.
  • For children who can’t quite get the hang of it, it is recommended that parents do the flossing for them or just until they get the hang of it.

For more information from Dr. B on our website for tips for flossing.

734283_591721159590_957679699_nKim Bui born and raised in Kansas City, graduated from high school at St. Teresa’s Academy and college at Rockhurst University. Now Kim is persuing her masters in Business. With her charisma, Kim welcomes every patient with a smile and willingness to make their experience something to rave about.

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