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Poor oral hygiene while you are wearing braces can result in cavities on multiple teeth. Should this happen, it could potentially increase the amount of time it takes for the braces to realign your teeth. To help you better clean some of the hard to reach places in and around your braces, Lee A. Mahlmann, DDS, MS, Inc.’s orthodontists recommend a few special oral care tools.

If you’re having issues flossing between teeth and around the gum line, you might want to try a floss threader with waxed dental floss. This is a simple loop shaped tool can help work floss around wires and other braces hardware. Loading it with waxed dental floss makes it easier to slide the strand into tight places.

Interdental brushes have small angled brush heads can help brush between wires and brackets as well as removing food particles from the contours near the gum line. They are particularly handy for getting small food particles out bands and spacers.

Dental water jets and oral irrigators produce a concentrated stream of water that can help loosen and wash away food particles from hard to reach places. Just keep in mind that it cannot replace flossing for effectively cleaning between teeth and in the gum line.

If you have questions about tools and techniques that can help you clean and maintain your braces, you can always call Lee A. Mahlmann, DDS, MS, Inc.’s office in Richmond, Texas at 281-342-6311 for further advice.