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Your new braces represent a serious investment in adjusting your teeth for a healthier mouth and a winning smile. Keeping them clean with special focus in your daily oral hygiene routine, will prevent complications caused by cavities and gum disease.

Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day is just one step in the process. Many people with braces find that there are a few hard to reach spots that need special focus. There are a few special tools to consider that might make it easier to clean between teeth an into hard to reach places.

Interdental brushes have small angled brush heads can help brush between wires and brackets as well as removing food particles from the contours where your teeth meet the gums. Just remember that they are a tool to improve the effectiveness of your brushing and cannot replace the effectiveness of dental floss for cleaning between teeth and along the gum line.

Dental water jets and oral irrigators create a small, concentrated stream of water that can help loosen and wash away food particles from hard to reach places. Just remember that no matter how clean your teeth feel, these water jets cannot replace the effectiveness of dental floss.

If you’re having issues flossing, you might want to try using a floss threader. This is a simple loop shaped tool that is loaded with floss. It can help work floss around and past wires and other hardware. Wax coated floss also tends to slip easier into hard to reach places.

If you have questions about tools and techniques you can employ to help keep your braces clean, you should call Dr. Ronald L. Champion, DDS at 209.575.5888 to schedule an appointment.