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The new braces fitted on your teeth by Dr. Jeffrey V. Jones represent a serious investment in realigning your teeth for a more appealing smile and a healthy mouth. Thoroughly cleaning away residual food particles and plaque from your braces as part daily oral hygiene routine helps to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

There are a few basic tools that can help you clean around to reach places around your braces and between your teeth.

A floss threader is a simple, loop shaped tool that can help work floss between teeth in places where a wire might be in the way. Most people find nylon floss with a waxy coating works best as it slips easily into place.

Interdental brushes have small angled brush heads. They can be used to brush between wires and brackets as well as removing food particles from the contours where your teeth meet the gums. They are especially handy for getting small food particles out bands and spacers.

Dental water jets or oral irrigators create a small stream of water that can be used to loosen and wash away food particles from hard to reach places. Just remember that they are not an effective substitute for of floss and its ability to clean between teeth and into the gum line.

If you have questions about tools and techniques to help clean around your braces, please feel free to call Dr. Jeffrey V. Jones at 214.824.2130 to schedule an appointment.