ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to Floss with Braces - Floss with Water Instead

Updated on March 14, 2012

Flossing when you have braces is no easy task. The front teeth are okay but the molars in the back, these can be really difficult to floss. It's a task that takes time. However, I came across a tool that many people who wear braces use and I thought that it might be useful for you as well.

In this article on how to floss with braces you will find two methods of flossing. First I will show you the tool that I recently found out about, and then I will show you a video on how to do it in the traditional way with dental floss. You should try to floss at least two times per day, morning and evening. This ensures that the area around your braces and between your teeth is clean and without food particles.

The first way I'm going to share with you is a method that only uses water.

I actually found out about this tool while helping people with tonsil stones to clean their tonsils. It is very effective and painless for removing debris that is trapped in the tonsil crypts. It also turns out that people with braces and those who wants to improve their dental hygien love this tool as well. Mostly because it is very effective in removing plaque and debris that is trapped between teeth, where toothbrush and dental floss don't reach as good.

The tool I'm talking about is called a waterpik. You might have seen a similar tool when going to your dentist.

A waterpik uses water to create a jet stream that is very effective in removing debris and bacteria that is lodged deep between teeth and below the gum line.

Take a look at the following video to see how it works.

Below you will find links to amazon if you're interested in buying it. I'm sure that there are other similar products you can find at your nearest drugstore.

Now if you want to learn how to floss efficiently with dental floss then take a close look at the following video. And as the video will show, the difficult thing is to get the floss under the archwire that connects the different brackets.

The video shows two options:

Either you thread the floss from the gums and down towards your tongue. If you do it the other way, there is a chance that your floss will get stuck in your gums and it will be hard to retrieve. But go ahead and test, do what feels right for you.

The second option is to use something that's called a floss threader which is usually made out of nylon. It makes it more easier to thread floss under the archwire. You simply use the floss threader as a needle and floss act as thread.

See below the video for archwires and other tools that make flossing easier.

Try to floss at least two times per day, and at the same time clean your tongue with a tongue scraper.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)