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Your orthodontist, Dr. Thomas Dowling, installed your braces to gradually realign your teeth for a healthier mouth and a winning smile. Maintaining good oral hygiene habits and cleaning your braces hardware thoroughly will reduce your chances of experiencing tooth decay complications. Should you develop cavities on multiple teeth, it could very likely increase the total duration of time it takes to properly realign your teeth.

To prevent this from happening, Dr. Thomas Dowling recommends using some special oral hygiene tools.

Wires can sometimes make it challenging to floss between your teeth and along the gumline. A floss threader is a simple, loop-shaped tool that can insert a strand of waxed dental floss into these places.

Interdental brushes are essentially small toothbrushes with slightly tapered heads that help clean food particles and plaque from hard-to-reach places. They are especially handy for getting small food particles out of bands and around spacers.

An oral irrigator is a special device that creates a small stream of water that can help loosen and wash away food particles. While this can help clean the gumline a little bit, this stream of water cannot replace the effectiveness of flossing for cleaning away plaque and residual food particles.

If you are struggling to clean your braces and maintain good oral health in Olney, Maryland, you can always call 301-658-7751 to seek further advice from a member of the staff at Thomas Dowling, DDS.