Having braces is definitely an investment, but it’s certainly a costly one. It just makes sense to keep your teeth in the best of health during your orthodontic treatment. A regular hygiene routine is just as important while you’re wearing braces as it was before you began treatment. Flossing is an essential component to having healthy teeth and gums while you’re wearing braces. Diligence with brushing and flossing is a must because braces may hold food, sugars, and liquids during and after eating. Make sure you visit our office for regular adjustments as well. We all know it’s quite difficult to get kids to floss daily without braces. Sometimes the struggle becomes greater once braces are applied. It’s important to keep in mind that by not flossing, you will become more susceptible to cavities and gum disease during your treatment. While you floss, remember to gently massage your gums in between your teeth. Flossing with braces takes extra time because you must weave the floss through each and every bracket. During the flossing process, you should not see blood. If you can see blood, you may not be flossing properly or enough. The use of an electric toothbrush is also a great idea to help massage your gums before or after flossing because electric toothbrushes can assist in removing any harmful bacteria that remain in your mouth. Also, remember to add mouthwash to your routine to break up bacteria that has formed. A good mouthwash will help keep your teeth and gums in tip top shape during your orthodontic treatment. Flossing is a healthy habit that will help you keep your shimmering smile for a lifetime!