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Maintaining good oral health is absolutely critical for your braces to effectively realign your teeth. If you develop cavities or other areas of tooth decay, it could cause complications. This could potentially increase the number of adjustment sessions needed to bring your teeth into their ideal position.

If you’re having issues cleaning plaque and residual food particles from hard to reach places around your braces, there are a few special tools Dr. James B. Macomson recommends trying.

A floss threader is a simple, loop shaped tool that can help work floss into hard to reach places. Adding waxed dental floss to the threader makes it easier for strand to slide into place without forcing it or risking potential injury to your gums.

Small interdental brushes have narrow, shaped heads that can be worked into many hard to reach areas around the braces. They are especially handy for cleaning food particles out bands and around spacers.

A dental water jet creates a small stream of water that can be used to loosen and wash away food particles from braces and along the gum line. Just remember that a stream of water cannot replace the effectively of floss for removing plaque and food particles from between teeth.

If you have questions or concerns about the best way to clean in and around your braces, you can always call Dr. James B. Macomson’s Gastonia, North Carolina clinic at 704-215-4430 to ask a question.