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Maintaining good oral hygiene is essential for minimizing complications from tooth decay. If you do have cavities form on your teeth, it could increase the total duration needed to achieve your ideal smile. To that end, your orthodontist, Dr. Merissa Blais, suggests trying some of these special oral hygiene tools to help clean the hard-to-reach places around your braces.

Interdental brushes have small-angled brush heads that can help clean between wires and brackets and remove food particles from the contours where your teeth meet the gums. They are especially handy for getting small food particles out of bands and spacers.

If you’ve been having issues flossing around your braces, you might want to try a floss threader. When this simple loop-shaped tool is loaded with waxed dental floss, you can easily insert the strand between teeth.

A water flosser like Waterpik creates a focused stream of water that can help loosen and wash away food particles from hard-to-reach places. Just keep in mind that this is not a viable alternative to flossing.

If you have a question about how to maintain good oral health with braces in Scarsdale, New York, you can always call Blais Orthodontics at 914.472.9595 to seek further advice.