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Cleaning residual food particles and plaque from your teeth and braces is critical for preventing tooth decay and gum disease.

Your orthodontist, Dr. Shabbir Adenwalla and Inayat Ashai, recommends adjusting your oral hygiene routine to help you clean around some of the hard-to-reach places of your mouth.

A floss threader is a helpful tool that works floss between teeth and braces. Most people find that nylon floss with a waxy coating works best because it slips easily into place.

Interdental brushes have small-angled brush heads. They can be used to brush between wires and brackets and they can remove food particles from the contours between your teeth and gums. They are especially handy for getting small food particles out of bands and spacers.

An oral irrigator creates a small, concentrated stream of water that can be used to loosen and wash away food particles from hard-to-reach places. Just remember that it is not an effective substitute for flossing.

If you have questions about the tools and techniques that help clean around your braces in Avon, Sandusky and Wadsworth, Ohio, call A&A Orthodontics at for a consultation.