Tackling Flossing with Braces
Visiting the dentist not only is an opportunity to restore the health and look of your teeth, but it’s also a chance to learn proper oral care. Come prepared with questions, and make sure you discuss your oral hygiene regimen.
Some patients, unfortunately, tend to commit to proper oral hygiene for only a few weeks and then wane off over time. But it’s important to remember that proper oral care doesn’t take long, but it can save you time, money and, sometimes, severe pain.
It’s especially important to stick to the flossing tips that your dentist provides. Flossing covers about 40 percent of the work required to remove plaque and sticky bacteria from your teeth. Plaque creates acid, which could potentially lead to cavities, irritated gums and gum disease.
To schedule an appointment for a cleaning, or for more information about dental hygiene, Contact Lakefront Family Dentistry at (951) 244-9495 or Make an Appointment Online Today!
Make Sure You’re Using the Right Dental Floss
Usually, dental floss comprises Teflon or nylon, and both are equally effective. People who have a receding gum line or larger spaces between their teeth will benefit more from wide, flat dental tape. For those whose teeth are closer together, thinner floss works best.
Braces and bridges require a different approach in order to reach underneath the wires or restorations and between the teeth. A floss threader, which resembles a plastic sewing needle, can help in this case.
Common Misconceptions About Flossing With Braces
Many people, young and old, still do not know how to floss with braces. And some think that just because they have braces, they cannot floss. But flossing should be a daily routine, especially during the first few months, due to food particles getting trapped in the wires and bands.
Braces also require you to spend more time when caring for your teeth. The proper amount of time and care is imperative in order to keep your teeth aligned and to reduce your risk for gum disease.
Here are a few steps to follow when flossing with braces:
- Use waxed floss.
- Use the right amount of floss (18 inches is a good length).
- Thread the floss carefully and make sure to get it under the main wire before flossing between two teeth.
- Try not to snap the floss; just move it up and down gently against the side of each tooth.
Flossing Without Braces
There are several excuses that people use as to why they don’t floss. Usually, they will say something along the lines of, “Well, food doesn’t get caught between my teeth” or “I don’t know how to floss.” But these reasons won’t mean much when plaque buildup causes their gums to flare up.
Here are a few factors to consider before you use one of those excuses:
Perfect the technique: Use a 15- to 18-inch piece of floss, and then, slide it between your teeth while wrapping it around each tooth in a “C” shape. Next, polish with an up and down motion.
Bleeding isn’t always bad, but sometimes, it means that the gums are inflamed due to plaque buildup. If the bleeding continues after a few days, consult a dentist.
Invest in a floss holder. The soft, wooden plaque removers that look similar to toothpicks or the two-pronged plastic floss holders can make flossing a lot easier.
Flossing may seem a little time-consuming, but in the long-run, you will be rewarded for your effort with beautiful, healthy teeth and lower dental bills.
Dr. Hauser Can Help You with All Your Dental Needs
So, if you find yourself using those same excuses without trying to fix them, then maybe it’s time to consult a dentist. At Lakefront Family Dentistry, Dr. Hauser can help. He offers a range of cosmetic and general dentistry services that can keep you and your family happy and healthy.
Come and see why Dr. Hauser is the most raved about family dentist in Riverside County. To schedule an appointment or to learn more flossing tips, Contact Lakefront Family Dentistry at (951) 244-9495 or Make an Appointment Online Today!