Flossing doesn’t have to be one size fits all. Those that suffer from arthritis or other painful diseases that affect dexterity may dread flossing. Some people don’t enjoy putting their hands in their mouth or find it unhygienic. Others just plain don’t like flossing. Whatever the reason, thanks to modern day technology there are many alternatives available to the traditional methods of flossing.
With an estimated 50% of adults in America over 30 suffering from some form of periodontal disease, it doesn’t matter as much which tool you use for cleaning between your teeth as long as you are keeping these areas free of debris and bacteria.
This tool uses a strong stream of water that pulsates to flush debris from between the teeth and helps stop plaque formation due to bacteria build-up. It also stimulates healthy blood flow and can improve your overall oral health. Some even have the option to add antibacterial rinses to the water chamber for an extra clean feeling.
Interdental Brush Sticks
These handy tools have taken over the shelves alongside traditional containers of dental flosses in stores around the nation. These soft, toothpick-like tools remove plaque between the teeth gently and are especially useful for larger food debris. They can be very sharp under the soft outer covering so close attention should be used not to injure the gums or mouth while using these.
Electric Flossing Tool
Similar to an electric toothbrush, this tool replaces the brush with a flossing tool and vibrates the flosser gently in your mouth to clean deeper between the teeth and clean the gums. This tool really takes the work out of flossing and can be done with one hand which is really helpful for those with arthritis hands.
This innovative method of interdental cleaning uses water and air with strong bursts to help remove plaque, bacteria, and debris from between teeth. It only takes about 60 seconds to do the entire mouth making this method quick and easy.
Clean, healthy gums and teeth are the goal of all oral care routines. Everyone has their own methods for making this happen. If you’re having trouble finding a flossing routine that works for you, feel free to call Dr. Collins’ office for guidance or to schedule a biyearly cleaning and exam at 509-368-7788.
Or office in Spokane is located at:
3151 E. 28th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99223
Office phone # 509-368-7788