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A 23-year-old female asked:

How can i get rid of swollen gums if my braces don't allow me to floss, and i don't have special tools to do it?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Charles Kattuah
Dentistry 23 years experience
Threader/proxibrush: You should be able to floss (although it is more difficult) by using floss threaders to loop the floss under the arch wire. I like the type made by butler/gum. You can also pick up a proxibrush. The same company makes many varieties, shapes, sizes. It looks like a small bottle brush on a handle. Go to a drug store and browse the dental hygiene aids aisle, you'll find all this stuff and more to help.
Dr. Michael Teitelbaum
Dentistry 32 years experience
Get a waterpik: You'll need something special. Either a water blaster, like a waterpik, special floss threader, or floss. You shouldn't think about metal innstruments. Also, you should be getting your teeth cleaned at least 3 times per year, if not 4.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Maniy choices: With a floss threader flossingr is possible, although tedious. You can use a rubber tip or small pointed proxy brush as an inexpensive substitute for floss. Best choice, get a water pik and use it every day. It will make your gums much healthier, make your adjustments easier, and will dramatically shorten your time in braces.

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