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A consistent oral hygiene regimen is the first line of defense against tooth decay and other oral health conditions that can complicate the process of realigning your teeth with braces. If you do develop cavities on one or more teeth, it could alter the tension applied to your braces, and treatment could further delay the timetable required to achieve your ideal smile.

To help prevent this from befalling you, Dr. Kirby Nelson & Eugenia Lee and orthodontic specialists at their North Bend, Washington clinic offer some of the following tips for your consideration.

You will need to brush your teeth twice each day. Using interdental brushes, with their small tapered heads will help remove food particles and plaque from hard to reach places. They are especially handy for getting small food particles out of bands and around spacers.

Braces, wires, and hardware can sometimes make it challenging flossing between your teeth and along the gumline. A floss threader is a simple, loop-shaped tool that can insert a strand of waxed dental floss into these places. This also reduces your chances of injuring your gums by forcing the floss in place.

An oral irrigator like Waterpik® generates a narrow, concentrated stream of water. This can help loosen and wash away food particles. While this might help clean along the gum line, it should not be viewed as an effective alternative to flossing.

If you have further oral hygiene concerns, you can always call (425) 888-1896 to seek further advice from the orthodontic staff at Dr. Kirby Nelson & Eugenia Lee’s North Bend, Washington clinic.