Common Oral Hygiene Tools that can Help Clean Your Braces

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The new braces installed by Dr. Kirby Nelson represent a serious investment in adjusting your teeth for a more appealing smile and better functioning mouth. By keeping them clean as part of your daily oral hygiene routine, you help prevent issues with gum disease and tooth decay. Complications caused by these problems can increase the duration of time you need to wear braces.

Some people find that brushing and flossing alone isn’t sufficient for cleaning some of the hard-to-reach spots in and around their braces as well as between their teeth. Fortunately, there are a few special tools to consider that might make it easier to clean between teeth an into hard to reach places.

Interdental brushes have small angled brush heads can help brush between wires and brackets as well as removing food particles from the contours where your teeth meet the gums. They are especially handy for getting small food particles out bands and spacers.

If you’re having issues flossing between teeth and around the gum line you might want to try using a floss threader. This is a simple loop shaped tool that is loaded with floss. It can help work floss around and past wires and other hardware. Wax coated floss also tends to slip easier into hard to reach places.

Oral irrigators and dental water jets produce a small, concentrated stream of water that can help loosen and wash away food particles from hard to reach places. Just keep in mind that they cannot replace the effectiveness of floss for cleaning between teeth and into the gum line.

If you have questions about tools and techniques to help clean around your braces, please feel free to call Dr. Kirby Nelson at 425-888-1896 to schedule an appointment.