Dental Tips Blog

Jan
7

Top 6 Reasons People Hate Flossing

Do you struggle with flossing?

Here are some of the most common complaints about flossing and how to remedy each situation

  1. Your Fingers Don’t Fit in Your Mouth

You may need to floss with a long-handled device that does the reaching for you.

  1. Floss Hurts Your Hands

You might be pulling the floss too tight. It doesn’t have to be wrapped so snugly that it cuts off circulation. If your fingers hurt from flossing, then it may be time to switch to floss picks or some other finger-sparing device.

  1. Sensitive Gag Reflex

Does just the thought of putting your fingers near your tongue send your stomach somersaulting? Try a water flosser that sprays a stream of water between teeth in lieu of a string.

  1. Floss Gets Stuck Between Tight Teeth

Floss getting stuck in teeth may be sign that you need a thinner type of floss. Waxed floss is also easier to slip between teeth. If you can’t get a ribbon between your teeth, a water flosser is your best option.

  1. Flossing Cuts Your Gums

If your floss cuts into your gums, it says more about your technique than the floss itself. Be gentle and avoid snapping the strand into place. Too much force can cause permanent damage. Wrap it around your tooth in a “C” shape instead.

  1. It Takes Too Long

Who has the time to floss, right? With a little practice and diligence, a flossing routine should take no longer than two minutes. You just have to find a method that you can stick with long enough to make it a habit.

Ask your dentist for more tips on easy flossing for a healthy smile.

Posted on behalf of:
Precision Digital Dentistry
674 US-202/206
Suite 7
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
(908) 955-6999

Aug
3

Top 4 Oral Hygiene Aids for Braces

The better you take care of your teeth while wearing braces, the better your outcome will be.

Certain tools can make it easier for you to keep your braces clean and your teeth healthy during treatment.

Powered Toothbrush

The vibrating motion of electric brushes frees plaque from hard-to-reach places. This makes it easier for you to angle the brush head in different directions around your brackets for a thorough cleaning.

Additionally, many powered toothbrushes come with small brush heads designed specifically for orthodontic appliances.

Water Flosser

Water flossers send a powerful stream of water that you can direct between teeth, around wires, and along the gum line. “Flossing” with water is a good idea if you find it challenging to use regular floss.

You can get some extra therapeutic benefits from a water flosser, as well. Some devices let you irrigate your teeth and gums with a mixture of water and mouthrinse.

Interdental Cleaners

For those times when you don’t have access to your powered hygiene tools, it’s good to keep interdental cleaners on hand. An interdental cleaner is a small plastic appliance you can poke underneath the archwire to remove plaque from between teeth. It looks like a small pipe cleaner on the end of a handle.

Orthodontic Flossers

An orthodontic flosser is an inexpensive and disposable tool. One end of the flosser slips underneath the wire, taking a short length of flossing tape along with it so that you can clean your teeth without having to loop the floss around your wires.

In addition to the right tools, your teeth may benefit from extra fluoride and an antibacterial rinse.

Visit your dentist or orthodontist to find out which hygiene tools and tips are right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
ConfiDenT
11550 Webb Bridge Way, Suite 1
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 772-0994

Feb
16

Throw Out Your Floss

What would you say if your dentist told you that you never had to floss your teeth again? Really! All your life you’ve heard how important it is to floss at least once a day to clean between your teeth. It’s still important to clean between every day, but now there’s another option to reach those areas inaccessible to your toothbrush: a water flosser.

Reach What Floss Can’t

Flossing only reaches so far under your gumlines. Add curves and dips in your tooth surfaces, and floss isn’t a match at all. Using a water flosser to trace around the gums and aim between the teeth will rinse bacteria out of these areas with no problem. In fact, water flossing can clean as deep as 7mm in patients with gum disease! 

More Comfortable Options

One of the biggest reasons people don’t like to floss is because flossing is uncomfortable and makes their gums bleed – Especially if they have gingivitis or gum disease. Water flossing doesn’t! In fact, water flossing is so comfortable that you can clean those tender areas quite easily without any irritation or sensitivity. Depending on your model of water flosser, you should be able to choose the temperature and pressure of your choosing. 

Practice Makes Perfect

Water flossing can seem a little messy at first. With practice, you won’t have any problems though. Some models are available online and have settings so that you can hook them up inside of your shower for a mess-free experience.

Many people find that their tooth and gum health greatly improves when they switch to a water flosser. It’s ease of use and convenience is just a couple of great reasons why water flossing may be the best option for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Envy Smile Dental Spa
1738 East 13th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11229
(718) 891-0606

Mar
26

Water Flossing

Every time you visit the dental office for your routine dental cleanings and checkups, you’re probably asked about your daily oral hygiene habits, including flossing. If you’re like 90% of people out there, you probably don’t floss on a daily basis. Yet, your hygienist continues to ask you to find some way to clean in between and under the gums where your toothbrush just physically cannot reach. Otherwise, these areas are predisposed to develop decay, gum disease, bone loss or even loss of the teeth.

Water flossing offers an alternative flossing method to traditional floss. It removes plaque biofilm from between the teeth and deep under the gums, where regular flossing can’t even reach. The handheld device is easy to use and you can fill it with whatever temperature of tap water that you like, for your own comfort. Just turn it on and guide the irrigation tip along the gums, carefully aiming it between the teeth and under areas where you may have gum pockets or attachment loss. Irrigation style flossing allows you to flush out debris that otherwise stays in the mouth and triggers gingivitis or enamel decalcification. It can also help you remove packed food, clean under bridges, around implants, or along orthodontic appliances.

Water flossers are great for all ages and sizes of mouths, and can reach nearly anywhere with the long, slender irrigation tip. If you decide to take up water flossing you will find it’s just as easy as using an electric toothbrush and you’ll never have to pick up regular floss again! Your gums will be healthier, you’ll have a decreased risk of tooth decay, you’ll keep your teeth longer, and your hygienist will be pleased!

Posted on behalf of Marietta Family Dental Care, P.C.

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Nov
6

Water Flossing

Posted in Gum Disease

What is water flossing?

Water flossing uses appliances such as the commonly known Waterpik, Water jet or other water flossing device to deliver a steady stream of water between the teeth and under the gums to remove bacteria that contribute to tooth decay and periodontal disease or gum disease. Because the unit is self-contained, patients can use whatever temperature of water they like, as well as adjust the pressure to a comfortable level.

Why is flossing such a big deal?

When plaque and bacteria are not removed on a regular basis, gum detachment occurs, bone loss develops, and decay forms between the teeth. Simple, efficient toothbrushing does not reach these areas in the mouth. The long-term effects of not flossing can lead to bone loss around the teeth, causing mobility or even loss of the teeth. When the bacteria in these areas are removed on a regular basis, bleeding and swelling discontinue, and the teeth are retained for up to a lifetime. Healthy gums do not bleed, and when bleeding exists it means there is some type of gum disease developing in your mouth. Routine flossing usually causes most gingivitis symptoms to stop after two weeks.

What makes water flossing so efficient?

With water flossing, patients are much more compliant because it is so easy to perform. There is no need to mess with floss, threaders or try to fit your hands into your mouth. Water flossing reaches areas up to 7mm deep under the gumlines…normal floss can’t do that! Because it flushes out plaque biofilm so easily, it is ideal for all patients including those with bridges, implants, crowns, braces, gum disease or even healthy teeth. It has even been shown to be more effective at bacteria removal than traditional flossing.

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