Carrying out any form of dental activity with braces on can seem like a herculean task. However, flossing, even with braces on is as important as brushing daily. Flossing, which usually comes after brushing your teeth completes daily dental hygiene practice, but how possible will it be to floss when you have a mouth full of traditional metal braces.
Even without been told, brushing and flossing regularly keeps our teeth healthy and free from bacteria that cause plaque. Wearing braces should not stop you from such habits even if they may be difficult to execute.
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Making flossing easier with braces
Flossing aims to get to areas that may have been missed when brushing. There are special brushes called interproximal brushes that make brushing your teeth easier when you have braces on. They are designed to work around the brackets and wires of the traditional metal braces. When combined with waxed thread for flossing, cleaning the mouth becomes so much easier. You must remember to do this every day to ensure that your teeth are clean and healthy.
Techniques that make flossing easier when wearing braces
Below are some easy techniques you can follow when flossing with braces on
Use water flosser
A water flosser is highly recommended by dentists for patients who have metal braces on. When you are using the water flosser, ensure that the water reservoir is filled with water. This will guarantee complete flossing of the mouth. Water flosser comes in handy when there is a need to expel particles that are lodged between teeth and also for overall cleaning of the mouth.
One of the major benefits of using a water flosser is that it flushes out bacteria from places that may be hard to get to during normal flossing. It is also useful for incitement and reestablishment of gums that may have retreated. For this to be possible, the water must be in excess.
Use flossing thread to remove dirt
Start by holding the flossing thread tightly with both hands and then inserting the thread into the gaps between the teeth while scrubbing around gently. This will take a while because you will have to floss each tooth one after the other. Avoid putting too much pressure on the teeth or the braces when flossing as you can damage the braces as well as your teeth.
To make the whole process easier and more effective, use lukewarm water. Hold the lukewarm water in your mouth for a couple of minutes after flossing each tooth before rinsing out. This will help in removing the particles that have been dislodged through flossing.
Start flossing from the back teeth
It is always better to begin flossing from the back teeth. This way, it is easier to remove particles that are difficult to see. You gradually work your way to the front teeth when the back teeth have been cleaned out thoroughly. Even though it is so much easier to floss the front teeth, the back teeth are much more important because it is the site where food is chewed, and food particles are more likely to be deposited there. Also, remember not to put too much pressure when flossing to avoid damaging your enamel.
Use dental tape
For some people, flossing with thread is very difficult as well as painful. The truth however is, if you have been flossing regularly before you got braces, it should not be so difficult when you finally get braces. People who find flossing difficult and painful are mostly those who have not placed so much importance on flossing and hence, did not make it a routine habit.
When such people start flossing, they use force with the thread, causing their gums to bleed and swell. Dental tapes make it easier to floss for such people. The dental tapes are ultrathin floss that is soft and spongy. Due to the ultrathin nature of the tape, it glides easily between the teeth.
Dental hygiene is essential whether you have braces on or not. Some areas will indeed be difficult to get to when you have braces on, but by being careful and not in a hurry, you will get through it. If you are finding it difficult to floss properly with braces on, you can try any of the above-mentioned techniques.
There are other ways you can correct your orthodontic problems. If you do not wish to have traditional metal braces, you can go for other types of braces that are removable and allows you to brush and floss normally. For your London Invisalign and other braces options, do contact us at Chatfield Braces.