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Good oral hygiene is important for your oral health because it reduces your chances of developing tooth decay and gum disease. It’s especially important when you wear braces, because cavities could potentially increase the total duration of time that you need to wear braces.

To this end, the orthodontic team at Sabat Orthodontics suggests a few special oral hygiene tools to help you keep your mouth clean and healthy.

— A floss threader is a simple loop-shaped tool that can help work floss between teeth and hardware. Waxed dental floss allows the strand to slide into place without having to force it and risk injuring your gums.

— Small interdental brushes have narrow-shaped heads to help clean food particles and plaque from the contours where your teeth meet the gums. They are especially handy for cleaning food particles out of bands and around spacers.

— Dental water jets or oral irrigators produce a small stream of water that can be used to loosen and wash away food particles from hard-to-reach places. Just remember that a stream of water cannot replace flossing.

If you have questions about tools and techniques to help clean around your braces in Parma, Ohio, please call our office at 440-845-3360 to inquire. You can also schedule an appointment with your orthodontist, Dr. Michael Sabat, if you would like a hands-on demonstration.