“I’m having a hard time flossing under my permanent orthodontic wire. Why is that?”
In this case, the excessive tartar buildup was causing inflammation and filling the normal space that these lower teeth should have. The puffy gums then prevented the patient from being able to use a floss threader. Tartar buildup like this is not a healthy situation and it can be uncomfortable. More frequent brushing, electric toothbrushes with small bristles, less frequent snacking on carbs and daily flossing will help control this type of build up. Unfortunately, some people create plaque faster and need to have their teeth cleaned more often.