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You may have poor oral hygiene habits, or you may have genetically unhealthy teeth. Either way, chances are that you may develop cavities while you have braces. If this happens, the resulting necessary treatments may increase the number of adjustments you need to fully straighten your teeth. That’s why you’ll want to do everything you can to prevent getting a cavity while your teeth are straightened.

Brushing your teeth twice each day and flossing once is essential for removing plaque and food material from your mouth and braces. If you are struggling to clean well around your braces, there are special tools that can help. Using an interdental brush can help clean hard to reach places. They are especially helpful for getting small food particles out bands and spacers. You can find them at most drugstores and department stores.

Braces wires and other parts can create a struggle to floss between your teeth and gumline. A floss threader can insert a strand of waxed dental floss into these places. You can also use a water flosser like Waterpik®, which generates a concentrated stream of water to clean between your teeth.

If you are in the Vista, California, area and are having issues maintaining good oral hygiene with braces, you can always call (760) 598.1707 to speak to a staff member at Hennes Orthodontics.