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Do you have braces? Have you tried, and perhaps given up on, flossing because of the wires? You aren’t the only one to have experienced this problem. We would like to help ease your struggle by providing a couple of tips and tricks that could help improve your dental hygiene and health.

Using the right tool
Trying to get the floss under the wire of your braces can be incredibly aggravating. The good news is that most stores that sell toothbrushes and toothpaste may also sell orthodontic floss threaders, which may be able to help you get the floss in above the wire to reach your gum line.

Be sure your floss is waxed
You may not want to use non-waxed dental floss because it can become caught on the brackets and could leave behind thin threads. On the other hand, waxed floss can slide in between your teeth easier without getting caught. Before moving on to the next tooth, you should make sure that you have gently reached your gum line.

If you want more advice on flossing with braces, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kevin Caldwell, please call 417.673.1988 today. Our friendly team at Kevin L. Caldwell, DDS, PC would be thrilled to help you in our dental office in Webb City, Missouri.