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IF YOU HATE FLOSSING TRY THE NEW ALTERNATIVES

FIND OUT ABOUT THE NEWER DEVICES ON THE MARKET THAT MIGHT MAKE FLOSSING EASIER

IF_YOU_HATE_FLOSSING_TRY_THE_NEW_ALTERNATIVESRegular flossing alongside brushing is a must, and significantly reduces your risk of cavities and gum disease. Plus, research backs the theory that it may reduce your risk of heart disease.

However, it is not many people’s favourite activity and most bathroom cabinets contain at least one pack of floss that we’ve bought with good intentions but never used.

FLOSSING VERSUS TOILET CLEANING

A 2015 Harris Poll survey of over 2000 Americans, discovered that nearly a quarter lied to their dentist about flossing.

Many said that flossing was worse than sitting next to a crying child on a plane, washing up or cleaning the toilet.

Interdental brushes, water flossers and flosspicks may make the job easier and more palatable.

4 REASONS TO FLOSS

  1. Reduces plaque in areas your toothbrush can’t reach
  2. Helps keep breath fresh by removing hidden food particles
  3. Comestic benefit – removes those bits of spinach from your teeth you didn’t know were there
  4. May help reduce risk of heart disease by reducing bad bacteria and lowering overall inflammation in the body

INTERDENTAL BRUSHES AND HOW THEY WORK

Interdental brushes are tiny brushes designed to fit in the gaps between teeth – hence the name interdental. They work in much the same way as flossing tape but as they have a handle they are much easier to manoeuvre around your mouth.

They are also available in different brush sizes, so if you have largish gaps between teeth a bigger brush makes the job of flossing easier. It’s important that you choose the right-sized brush. Consult one of our dentists at  our Dental Clinic in Parramatta to find out what suits you best.

The other good thing about the interdental brush is that you can use it several times. You just need to rinse and store in the same way as a toothbrush.

MAKE THE JOB EASIER WITH A FLOSS PICK

A floss pick uses the same type of tape as traditional floss but it is attached to a Y-shaped handle, much like a potato peeler. This makes it easier to get to hard-to-reach places and the tape flattens as it reaches the gum, so you are less likely to damage the gum during flossing.

WHAT IS A WATER FLOSSER?

Another relatively new gadget that provides an alternative to traditional flossing is the water flosser.

A water flosser looks like an electric toothbrush but is attached to a water reservoir. Water flows under pressure through the gaps in your teeth, removing plaque and food particles.

Manufacturers of the Waterpik flosser claim that the device is twice as effective at removing plaque and 50% more effective at improving gum health, based on clinical research.

If you’re unsure of which is the best flossing method for you give us a call at Dental Parramatta and we will be happy to advise you.

FLOSSING DO’S AND DON’T’S

  1. Do floss on a daily basis right after brushing teeth. If you’re not in the habit, find a way to motivate yourself to floss every day e.g read a book, watch TV, read through your emails while you floss. Within a few days you’ll find it’s part of your daily routine and that it doesn’t feel right if you don’t do it.
  2. Move the floss gently up and down vertically between teeth
  3. Pay extra attention to teeth at the back at the mouth where food is more likely to be hiding

WHAT IF FLOSSING CAUSES BLEEDING?

If you experience any bleeding of gums during flossing it might just mean that you are being too aggressive with the tape across the gum. However, it can also indicate that you have inflamed gums and possible gum disease.

See our dentists in Parramatta where they can check your gums and advise on what to do.

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