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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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