Flossing is a fact of life just like taxes and death. As a matter of fact, it may be more like taxes and death than we initially imagine – it’s something we don’t want to do. Not many people talk about their aversion to flossing because this is not nearly as popular of a topic as taxes (which we also don’t enjoy discussing. Rather than doing it and talking about how much they dislike it, what most people do when it comes to flossing is they just don’t do it at all, or they do it just before the time comes for their six-month dental checkup.
There is a reason why your Hedgesville dentist constantly reminds you to floss: because it is dangerous not to. Flossing is the only way that debris can be removed from the tiny spaces around teeth. Toothbrush bristles can’t fit here, nor can water adequately dilute debris to prevent buildup. And where we see debris accumulate in hard-to-reach places, we see plaque – and very quickly. Now, we said that water cannot dilute debris enough to prevent dental problems, but there’s more to discuss on that train of thought.
Is Water the Answer to your Dental Woes?
If you are not a regular flosser, your teeth and gums are in danger. Gingivitis and gum diseases are two very prevalent problems and problems that are connected to tooth loss. Gum disease doesn’t just affect the superficial tissue around teeth; it can also infect the ligaments and bones that hold teeth in the mouth. To not floss means to take heavy chances with the future of your smile. Water may be a viable solution to the flossing situation.
Years ago, a device called the Waterpik was developed for home use. Water from a reservoir in the machine is pressurized and delivered through a small applicator. When directed to space in between teeth and across the gum line, the combination of water and pressure may mimic the action of dental floss. For the person who does not floss on a daily basis, this technique may sufficiently improve oral care to diminish the risk of plaque formation.
Talk with your dentist or hygienist about oral care concerns or obstacles. We are here to help you develop techniques that work for you.