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Flossing is an important part of maintaining good oral health because it removes plaque and food debris that cannot be dislodged from brushing. Flossing also helps prevent gum disease and can help prevent tooth decay. Yes, everyone who is serious about their dental health should make flossing part of their daily routine – and this is especially true for those who are receiving orthodontic treatment and wearing braces.
So just why is flossing so important when you’re wearing braces? Here’s a look at why the orthodontist doesn’t want you to skimp on oral care when undergoing such treatment:
Flossing with braces takes a little bit longer, as it’s important to work the floss through each bracket, gently massaging the gums in between the teeth to remove food debris and plaque. Most orthodontists recommend flossing with braces at least once a day, but preferably twice a day.
For more information on the importance of flossing and maintaining a good oral care routine with braces, contact our orthodontist offices today.