Is flossing more a form of torture than just a daily chore?
Some people genuinely have a hard time flossing.
Flossing challenges typically include:
If you can relate to any of those, then you may need an alternative to the traditional method of flossing with a piece of waxed tape floss.
Try a Water Flosser
A powered flosser shoots a strong flow of water in a steady stream. You can angle it in any direction, keeping your hand outside your mouth the entire time. The water blasts away plaque and debris from tight and hard-to-reach places.
Water flossers are especially handy for braces since the water stream can rinse away bacteria from all sides of the brackets.
Use a Handled Flosser
There are some devices that look a little bit like a toothbrush handle, but instead of bristles there is a U-shaped prong that suspends a small length of floss. You can hold the handle like you would a toothbrush and reach the floss head to those back teeth your fingers can’t get to.
Long-handled flossers are good for those who can’t open wide enough to fit their fingers into their mouths.
When all else fails, an interdental brush is a great way to reach those spots between teeth. An interdental or proxy brush has a narrow tip covered in bristles that you can slide between teeth from the outside.
To make sure you choose a flossing alternative that’s right for you, call your dentist to book an exam.
Posted on behalf of:
East Cobb Orthodontics
2810 Lassiter Rd
Marietta, GA 30062
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