Flossing FAQ

Rumours are circulating.  Is flossing still necessary?  Should it still be recommended?  This is down to one study claiming flossing benefits are unproven. To some, this may be a relief.  Flossing can seem inconvenient if it’s not part of your daily routine.  It can be hard to decide just how important dental hygiene is. Would flossing every day really make a difference? If the dentist cleans my teeth professionally every six months isn’t that enough? The answers to these Frequently Asked Questions aim to clear up uncertainties and encourage you to go ahead and floss!

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Different flossing tools

“It looks like you’ve been flossing your teeth too much!”  Said no dentist ever.  We all know we should floss daily.  But we think up excuses about why flossing is just too tiresome.  It’s too time consuming, too hard and much too tedious to possibly be worth it.  But we couldn’t be more wrong. Flossing daily prevents gingivitis and more advanced stages of gum diseases.  Plus it helps to keep breath fresh and prevent cavities by removing food particles, bacteria and plaque from in-between teeth.

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Natural Alternatives to Flossing

Oh, flossing. It’s either everyone’s best friend or worst enemy. People become experts at lying and making excuses when the dentist asks that dreaded question: “How often do you floss?”  Unfortunately, they can tell when we lie!  Lots of us don’t feel we have the time.  Or we may struggle to reach all the way to the back of their mouth with those darned strings.  There are tons of choices when it comes to flossing.  But some are pricey, providing another excuse for not practising daily oral hygiene. But what if there were more natural ways to keeping your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy?

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Can antiseptic mouthwash replace flossing?

It’s a fact.  Flossing daily, in addition to brushing twice per day, is really the best addition to your dental hygiene routine.  But it’s not everyone’s favourite activity.  Some people find flossing to be awkward and time-consuming.  Others have trouble getting the floss between tight spaces.  Many have dexterity issues or a gagging reflex that prevents them from getting to those back teeth and gums. So, what do you do if you want to add some extra cleaning power to your oral hygiene routine? Incorporating antiseptic mouthwash is an easy addition – pour some liquid from the bottle, take a sip and swish around in your mouth for 30 seconds! But does it really provide the same benefits as flossing or is it just a way to freshen breath? Let’s examine just how beneficial mouthwash is when added to your daily routine.

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Can a Waterpik Reverse Gum Disease?

The simple answer is, Yes!  Using a Waterpik as part of your daily dental routine can indeed prevent and reverse gum disease.  Read on to find out how, and why!

So how do you get started? There are various Waterpik models available.  These range in size from countertop versions to those designed for travel. Also, price points stretch from $50 to upwards of $100.

Bottom line? You can find a Waterpik model that is right for you!

But first things first

What is Gum Disease?

It’s one of those things we don’t like to think about.  Meanwhile, it can busy taking hold just below the surface of our gums.  It can be caused by gingivitis or periodontitis, both of which can be easily prevented with proper oral hygiene.

But how serious are these two conditions? And how badly can they impact your oral health?

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Five Reasons You Need to Be Using a Water Flosser

5 reasons to use a water flosser

It’s simple.  Multiple studies compare water flossing to string floss and the findings are consistent.  Water flossing is superior.  Especially when it comes to inflammation and gingivitis. One study showed that using water flossing reduced bleeding by 93% and was up to 52% more effective at reducing gingivitis than string floss.  And Waterpik are the goto brand.

In this article we give you five great reasons why you should switch to, or start, water flossing.

Let’s start by being honest.  Many of us tend to cringe when the dentist asks if we’ve been flossing.  Nobody wants to lie.  But the truth is…. lots of us just don’t do it.  Even though it’s good for us!

Typical excuses?

Flossing takes too long.

It’s awkward to do.

It doesn’t feel nice

It smells

The floss frays or splits

…and so on.

But the fact is, much of what we eat and drink stays in our mouths in places your toothbrush can’t reach.  Therefore, it’s important to add flossing to your daily dental hygiene routine. So, you want fresh breath and a winning smile, right?  But don’t have the time, patience or dexterity with the waxy thread?  The answer is water flossing!

Here’s why.

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Flossing with Braces

flossing with braces

Braces are an orthodontic staple for straightening teeth and fixing overbites or underbites for pre-teens, teens and adults. The thought of wearing braces evokes different reactions from different people – some fear the inevitable uncomfortable periods, some are excited to get braces to be like their friends, and others are hopeful that their smile will eventually look like an actor in a Hollywood film.

Regardless of your outlook on braces – fear or excitement – this orthodontic device comes with some strings attached. One concern by users, who are often middle-schoolers or teens, their parents, and dentists is how to keep teeth clean once the braces are firmly in place. Since investing in braces can run upwards of $7,000, everyone involved wants to ensure that the brackets and wires are effective and that the wearer achieves optimal oral hygiene during the years that the braces are working to do their job.

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Do You Need A Water Flosser and an Electric Toothbrush?

Water Flossers

A water flosser is a type of ‘dental water jet’ or ‘oral irrigator’ that delivers a steady stream of water through a tube. It’s designed to help clean interdental spaces in between the teeth and any dental work like braces, bridges, crowns, and implants.

Those with dexterity issues can also consider water flossers as an appropriate option. It’s a great alternative for those that dislike manual flossing. It’s neither awkward nor time-consuming. It helps prevent plague build-ups from areas between the teeth and reduce gum bleeding (a major sign of inflammation).

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Best Corded Water Flosser

best corded water flosser

Most probably, your dentist often advises you to floss regularly.

It’s likely you’re already aware of the numerous benefits daily flossing provides. Unfortunately, it becomes a struggle for many people to make it a habit. And there are always those who say that it’s time-consuming and that it makes their gum bleed.

Others claim that it fits too tightly around their fingers, thus hurting them.  Well, if you’re the kind that dislikes traditional flossing methods, water flossing is your ultimate alternative.

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Best Cordless Water Flossers

best cordless water flossers

Water flossers are an effective alternative to regular string floss.

They get deeper into the pockets in between the teeth.  And they’re gentler on gums than toothbrushes.

As well as removing food debris and plaque, water flossing helps prevent periodontal inflammation and infection.  How? By flushing out bacteria which is responsible for gingivitis, along other oral diseases. Water flossers can also clean implants, crowns, and orthodontic appliances without wearing them down.

Some people prefer corded water flossers.   They like the convenience of storing them at home and the increased water supply that allows them to floss for longer without refilling.

Alternatively, some prefer a cordless water flosser that can be used whenever and wherever necessary.  This is especially handy when travelling.

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