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What to do about dental floss wrapped around brace wire?

What to do about dental floss wrapped around brace wire?

Use tweezers on flos: Using a mirror and a fine set of tweezers, start at the loose end and begin picking at the end pushing it towards the tangle. Loops of the caught part should open up then pull on them. Can use a sharp xacto knife to cut the easily visible parts. May be easier to go to the orthodontist and have them remove it. ...Read more

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Braces (Definition)

They are used in orthodontics. The braces are put onto the teeth at precise anatomical locations, and wire runs through the braces and brings teeth into proper alignment. This is a very short answer for a very ...Read more


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Can you tell me about dental floss wrapped around brace wire?

Can you tell me about dental floss wrapped around brace wire?

Sounds : Sounds like a bit of floss got caught in all the hardware. Call your Orthodontic Specialist for a an appointment for a quick and easy fix. ...Read more

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Hi i sowwaloed a pecice of dental floss will i be ok ?

Hi  i sowwaloed a pecice of dental floss will i be ok ?

Yes: Yes, its a little scary when we swallow a foreign body. In general floss is quite benign. You may or may not see it in your stool. Just stay well hydrated and eat as usual. Do not make yourself vomit or take laxatives to try and get it out. If you develop any abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, then go to your nearest er or urgent care. ...Read more

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Can too much dental floss cause damage on gums?

Can too much dental floss cause damage on gums?

No if done correctly: Most people snap the floss between their teeth to fling out food particles. This is not flossing! to floss look in a mirror with your eyes open ; carefully saw between the teeth contacting areas. Carefully, curve the floss to follow the contour of the back wall of the tooth and carry it down until there is resistance then bring it up but not through the contact and do same the approximating wall. ...Read more

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Could human hair be used instead of dental floss?

Could human hair be used instead of dental floss?

No, use dental floss: People have all sorts of excuses for not flossing their teeth. Floss often after you brush your teeth. ...Read more

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Is dental floss more effective than an interdental brush?

Is dental floss more effective than an interdental brush?

Different tools: An interdental brush will clean the space between the teeth that is near the gumline, where the teeth do not touch. Floss cleans the contact point where two adjacent teeth touch, a spot where the brush does not fit. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could human hair be used instead of dental floss?

Please tell me, could human hair be used instead of dental floss?

No, use dental floss: People have all sorts of excuses for not flossing their teeth. Floss often after you brush your teeth. ...Read more

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I'm interested to know what happens when you get dental floss stuck in your gums?

DEPENDS....: In many cases you can remove it by using another floss, knotted and pulled through, but in some cases (like when you have deeper pockets and thicker gums around your teeth) you can even cause the piece go in deeper inside. This may cause an inflammation and tenderness due to foreign body reaction. See your dentist to check it out. ...Read more

Flossing (Definition)

Flossing is an essential part of the tooth-cleaning process because it removes plaque from between teeth and at the gumline, where gingivitis and ...Read more


Dental Floss (Definition)

Is is a thread used to clean biofilm out the space between teeth. It is available in ...Read more