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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.


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