Flossing can be tedious even with perfect teeth, but it is a different process entirely with braces. The sheer hassle of flossing while wearing braces may make you want to avoid the process altogether, but flossing while wearing braces is extremely important. If you are willing to wear braces to fix your smile, then you should want to do everything to keep that smile healthy.
Flossing is a vital step in maintaining good dental health, but it becomes even more important when you are wearing braces. Flossing keeps your teeth and gums healthy by removing food particles from your mouth that promote the growth of bacteria. These food particles are often impossible to remove with brushing alone. When you are wearing braces, there are more spots in your mouth for these food particles to hide.
Since you will most likely have to wear braces for an extended period of time, the bacteria in your mouth will have plenty of time to grow if you do not brush and floss your teeth regularly. This greatly increases the risk of poor dental health once your braces are removed. The problems that arise as a result of poor dental hygiene while wearing braces can show themselves in many ways. For example, if anything is trapped between the brackets and your teeth, then you will be left with stains on these areas when the braces are removed. In addition to stained teeth, you can also develop severe cavities, bad breath, and gum disease by failing to floss around your braces.
Flossing may seem like an unnecessary chore, but nothing should keep someone with braces from flossing his or her teeth. There is no need to purposely harm your dental health while trying to correct your smile at the same time. When you finally get your braces removed, we want your new smile to be healthy, clean, and free of cavities.
If you are having trouble flossing around your braces, then there are plenty of places to get some help. There are several websites available online that provide step-by-step guides for flossing around braces. Our orthodontist will also take the time to help if you ask during your next appointment. You would never avoid a vital step in your personal hygiene routine if it got too hard or time consuming, so consider flossing a part of your routine. Schedule an appointment with Dr. M. Scott Runnels in Panama City Beach to keep your teeth healthy while you perfect your smile.