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Your new braces represent a serious investment in improving the alignment of your teeth for a healthier mouth and an appealing smile that can last a lifetime. By keeping them clean as part of your daily oral hygiene routine, you help to preventing issues with gum disease and complications from cavities. A poor oral hygiene routine can lead to complications that will increase the amount of time you need to wear braces.

If you’re having issues cleaning plaque and residual food particles from your teeth and braces, Dr. Jerrold Hennes recommends a few basic tools to clean hard to reach places.

A floss threader is a simple, loop shaped tool that can help work floss between teeth in places where a wire might be in the way. Most people find nylon floss with a waxy coating allows the strand of floss to slip into place without having to force it.

Small interdental brushes have narrow, shaped heads to help clean food particles and plaque from the contours where your teeth meet the gums. They are especially handy for getting small food particles out bands and around spacers.

Dental water jets or oral irrigators produce a small stream of water that can be used to loosen and wash away food particles from hard-to-reach places. Just remember that a stream of water cannot replace the effectiveness of floss for removing plaque and food particles from between teeth.

If you have questions about tools and techniques to help clean around your braces, you can call Dr. Jerrold Hennes at (760) 598.1707 to set up a consultation.