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You’ve likely heard it a hundred times now, but it bears repeating: if you don’t practice great oral hygiene when you have your braces on, you risk serious long-term damage to the health of your smile.

In light of that, there are many different tools you can use that are designed specifically to help you clean your braces. Dr. Joseph P. Goodson recommends you give them a good look.

If you’re having issues flossing between teeth and around the gum line, you might want to try a floss threader with waxed dental floss. This is a simple loop shaped tool can help work floss around wires and other braces hardware. Using waxed dental floss makes it easier to slide the strand into tight places.

Interdental brushes have small angled brush heads can help brush between wires and brackets as well as removing food particles from the contours near the gum line. They are particularly handy for getting small food particles out bands and spacers.

Dental water jets and oral irrigators produce a concentrated stream of water that can help loosen and wash away food particles from hard to reach places. Just keep in mind that it cannot replace flossing for effectively cleaning between teeth and in the gum line.

If you’re having any problems with your oral hygiene habits due to your braces, just call us today at 512-258-6683 so our team at Joseph P. Goodson DMD, MS in Austin, Texas, can help you find the right products for your needs.