If you’ve ever been to the dentist for a cleaning, then you’ve probably been told to floss your teeth more. Let’s face it, flossing is something that everyone hates to do and most people do it grudgingly. Unfortunately, no matter how good of a tooth brusher you are, brushing doesn’t clean between your teeth. Up to 30% of all tooth surfaces are left with bacteria on them because people skip the floss.
Thankfully, there is another option to clean between your teeth, and string floss isn’t even involved! This method is called water flossing, and uses a steady stream of water to flush out bacteria from between the teeth, under the gums, and around appliances like bridges or orthodontics. In fact, water flossing has been found to be more effective than traditional floss because it reaches bacteria in the concavities of root surfaces and deeper under the gums that is physically possible with floss.
To use a water flosser, aim the delivery tip between the teeth and angled toward the gums. The stream of water can reach as deep as 7mm below the gums in areas of gum disease. Trace the gumlines of your tooth with the delivery tip, rinsing bacteria from the pocket around the entire tooth. Most users of water flossers do not report any discomfort or bleeding the way they do with traditional floss. Using a water flosser can feel so good and effective, that many people take right to them and want to use them several times each day. While they can take a little practice to get used to at first (as well as avoiding making a mess), your Duluth Georgia dentist and dental hygienist will notice a significant improvement in your oral health after you’ve made water flossing part of your daily oral care routine.
Posted on behalf of Rowe Family Dental Care
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