How Do I Floss With Braces in Kingston, NY?
Dr. Ahmed Mansour and the Sunshine Orthodontics staff take the time to instruct each of their orthodontics patients who live or work near Kingston, NY how to floss while they are being treated with braces. Wearing braces on the teeth can make good oral hygiene habits difficult to perform, create spaces where food debris can collect, and provide an environment for bacteria to thrive. Good brushing and flossing techniques and habits while undergoing orthodontic treatment with braces in Kingston, NY is often a challenge. Just as important, flossing can be accomplished effectively once equipped with a little advice.
The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) advises that flossing is just as important as brushing for good oral hygiene. Toothbrushes are great for cleaning plaque from the fronts and back surfaces of the teeth. Unfortunately, they simply cannot reach the sides, in between the teeth, and along the gum line. Food debris in the mouth feeds bacteria. The bacteria in the mouth creates acid that causes bad breath and breaks down tooth enamel. To prevent this, flossing is done prior to brushing. It removes most of this acid-causing food debris to keep teeth healthier and breathe fresher.
Get in the game
A floss pick is an instrument that is effective at keeping braces clean and clear of food debris. Shaped like a harp, a piece of dental floss spans a space on one side. The other end is a tapered point that can be used to force food debris from behind the wires, around the brackets, and in between the teeth. For convenience, floss picks may be either reusable or single and are available for both children and adults.
A floss threader is a thin piece of plastic with a loop at the end to hold the floss. The plastic piece is threaded above or below the wires to access the spaces between teeth.
Up your game
The “C” technique
To help effectively remove plaque from teeth, there is a proven technique for flossing. By carefully manipulating the dental floss between the teeth and into a “C” shape, you can clean the back surfaces of the teeth, especially down by the gumline. Make an up-and-down motion against the tooth, keeping the floss tight against the surface. Floss each tooth individually and move in sequence. Keep going until each tooth has been flossed.
A Waterpik® water flosser is an oft-recommended method of flossing. Using a pulsating stream of water to flush out food or particles stuck between teeth and gums and to remove the plaque that can build up on braces, it is a more effective approach than dental floss.
Stay on the scoreboard
After braces, a conscientious oral hygiene regimen of fluoride toothpaste, anti-plaque mouthwash, and thorough flossing is the program patients in Kingston, NY can rely on to keep teeth healthy. Dr. Mansour and the team at Sunshine Orthodontics coach their patients with braces in Kingston, NY to a winning outcome every time. They are important teammates in their patients’ oral health care. For more information about how to floss with braces, or to schedule an appointment, contact us at (845) 853-8073.
Dr. Ahmed Mansour and the team at Sunshine Orthodontics are experts in braces in Kingston, NY. If you have any questions pertaining to Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, braces, and clear braces in Kingston, NY, Wappingers Falls, NY, 12401, Rhinebeck, NY, Hyde Park, NY, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Mansour, contact Sunshine Orthodontics at (845) 853-8073.