Do you wonder if you are using the correct floss? We know what is! The kind you actually use! You could be using Teflon floss, dental tape, nylon floss, waxed floss, and flosses with or without flavors. There are also a number of ways to get your flossing done that don’t have you wrapping a long string of floss across your fingers and deftly maneuvering your hands in such an enclosed space.
If you’re prone to ignore flossing, you may want to consider a good ol’ fashioned dental pick. They look sort of like a plastic toothpick with a strand of dental floss strapped across a wide u-shaped tip. The simplicity and compact nature of these little portable floss picks seem to add to their convenience, and kids seem to love them when they’re first learning to floss.
Depending on the brand, electric flossers are known by a variety of names, and searching for these handy little devices can be somewhat maddening online. From vibrating flossers to power flossers to air flossers, picking the one that’s right for you depends on the task at hand. Power flossers and air flossers seem best if you’re dealing with space concerns near the gumline, and may be a good substitute for an interproximal toothbrush. A vibrating flosser, on the other hand, looks much like a dental pick and because of its design, can cover the entire length of the tooth. Ask your dentist which is best for you.
An oral irrigator is a device that uses a pulsating stream of water to remove plaque and food debris from between your teeth. There are a variety of instruments on the market, and your dentist can recommend one based on the health of your gum tissue and budget.
Oral irrigators are remarkably effective at keeping gum tissue healthy, and have been shown to reduce pocket depth due to periodontitis. Pocket depth refers to the depth of the gum tissue that immediately surrounds your teeth. You may not know it, but that’s what your dentist or hygienist is testing for when they’re poking that instrument in your mouth during an exam and calling out numbers! It’s worth noting that each of these devices, while recommended, should be considered as supplements to normal flossing – still your best choice.
But, if you have dexterity concerns, are purchasing something for a youngster, or just want to ensure your teeth are the cleanest they can be, these tools are great options!