How to Floss With Braces

flossing with bracesAt Kulkarni & Fitz Orthodontics in Centerville, OH, we are well aware that some of our patients are very resistant to flossing. Believe it or not, we understand. Flossing takes time out of your day, for one thing. If your mouth is small, you may have trouble maneuvering the floss between your teeth. If your gums are sensitive, flossing is not going to feel good. And it takes a bit of dexterity to get the floss wrapped effectively around your fingers. Trying to floss with braces can be particularly annoying.

Here is thing, though. You still have to do it. And being able to floss with braces is even more important because you have a higher risk of food particles becoming trapped.

Ways to Floss with Braces

Metal braces cannot be removed for cleaning and flossing, so you will have to work around them. Fortunately, there are ways you can make it easier to floss with braces. If you find that thread-like floss gets trapped and torn, try a ribbon-type floss. Or, experiment with different thicknesses. It really does not matter so much what kind floss you use with braces – what really matters is that you are flossing.

You could also use a toothpick as a substitute for floss with braces. It will be less likely to break, and you also will not have to contend with wrapping it around your fingers. There are also flossing sticks that you can buy, or you might consider an interproximal brush. This special type of brush can be a great help when cleaning between the wires and brackets.

The Importance of Flossing With Braces

Flossing is a vital part of your oral hygiene, not just for the health of your teeth, but for your gums as well. Particularly during your orthodontic treatment, you want to be sure that your gums are as healthy as possible so that your treatment proceeds on schedule. So, do not tell yourself that it is impossible to floss with braces. It most certainly is possible.

Contact Our Orthodontist in Centerville

If you are having difficulty flossing with braces, get in touch with us at Kulkarni & Fitz Orthodontics in Centerville, OH. One of our dental hygienists will be happy to show you the best ways to floss with braces. Contact us at 937-610-1888 today to book an appointment.