Flossing is an important part of maintaining good oral health because it removes plaque and food debris that cannot be dislodged by brushing. Add braces to the equation and you’ve got loads of surface area for your favorite subway sandwich to get stuck on! Wearing braces provides more opportunities for food to hide out and wreck havoc on teeth and gums.
Top 3 reasons to floss extra well while wearing braces:
- Prevent tooth decay: Braces affect where the toothbrush can reach, so bacteria and food can actually lodge itself into areas in the mouth it couldn’t without braces. Flossing regularly can help remove bacteria and food.
- Prevent damage to your braces: Braces aren’t cheap! Excess bacteria and sugar can lead to braces degradation, specifically the adhesive that bonds the braces to the teeth. Flossing can help eliminate bacteria and sugar.
- Prevent gum disease: This is one of the most important reasons to floss! Braces can encourage the onset of gum disease if proper brushing and flossing isn’t done.
Flossing with braces takes a bit longer, and it’s important to work the floss through each bracket, gently massaging the gums in between the teeth to remove food debris and plaque.
Here at Alligator Dental we recommend flossing once to twice a day if you have braces!
Dr. Jennifer Hole