Maintaining good oral hygiene is always important. This is especially true for people with braces, as tooth decay caused by trapped food material and bacterial deposits around braces hardware can complicate the realignment process. In the grand scheme of things, treating cavities and dealing with gum health issues, from poor oral hygiene, can significantly add to the time needed to correct the alignment of your teeth.
To help you maintain good oral hygiene throughout the realignment process, Soudabeh Sharafi DMD’s San Diego, California orthodontists often recommend special interdental brushes and floss threaders.
A floss threader is a simple loop shaped tool that can insert a strand dental floss into tightly fit spaces between teeth and around wires. Most units include some waxed dental floss to further held the strand slide into place, while reducing the chances of snapping the floss into your gums.
Interdental brushes have small angled heads to help clean food particles and plaque from hard to reach places. This makes them especially handy for cleaning around bands and spaces.
You might want to also consider using a dental water jet or water flosser. There are several different brands available in stores. All of them create a concentrated stream of water they create can help clean food debris from around braces hardware and the gum line. Just keep in mind that it cannot replace the effectiveness of dental floss for completely cleaning away food material and plaque buildup.
If you have concerns about how to maintain your braces and good oral hygiene, you can always call 858-259-1400 to speak with a member of staff at Soudabeh Sharafi DMD’s San Diego, California orthodontic clinic.