Even though the wires and brackets of your braces are not made from materials that can be affected by bacteria, they still need to be included in your oral hygiene routine. The wires, brackets, and bands of your braces can sometimes be hard to clean around. This can create areas near the gum line where plaque can build up. If it is not removed, it can harden into tartar.
Tartar buildup at the gum line is the leading cause of gum disease as it continually exposes gum tissues to the presence of harmful bacteria. Over the course of time this can cause your gums to recede from the base of your teeth creating pockets of infection down in the gum tissue.
Initial symptoms of gum disease include red or inflamed gums, that might bleed easily during brushing and flossing. This could also be accompanied by chronic bad breath.
Brushing, and flossing twice each day can help remove food particles and plaque before they develop into tartar. If you are having trouble working floss between your teeth and around the hardware of your braces, you might want to try using a floss threader. Interdental brushes and dental water jets can also help to remove food particles and plaque from hard to reach places. Just keep in mind that they cannot replace the ability of floss to clean between teeth and along the gum line.
If you have questions about how to clean your teeth and braces, please feel free to call us at (928) 343-9559 to schedule an appointment.