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Posts for tag: Flossing

By Nashua Smile Makers
April 21, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Hygiene   Flossing  

The most important part of dental health maintenance isn’t what your dentist does—it’s what you do every day when you brush and floss your teeth. And all you really need is a multi-tufted, soft bristle toothbrush, toothpaste, a roll of dental floss—plus a little effort from your hands and fingers.

Of course, manual power isn’t your only option—an electric or battery-powered toothbrush is a convenient and, for people with strength or dexterity issues, a necessary way to remove disease-causing plaque from tooth surfaces. You have a similar option with flossing—a water flosser.

Although water flossers (or oral irrigators) have been around since the early 1960s, they’ve become more efficient and less expensive in recent years. A water flosser delivers a pulsating stream of pressurized water between the teeth through a handheld device that resembles a power toothbrush, but with a special tip. The water action loosens plaque and then flushes it away.

While the convenience these devices provide over traditional flossing is a major selling point, they’re also quite beneficial for people with special challenges keeping plaque from accumulating between teeth. People wearing braces or other orthodontic devices, for example, may find it much more difficult to effectively maneuver thread floss around their hardware. Water flossing can be an effective alternative.

But is water flossing a good method for removing between-teeth plaque? If performed properly, yes. A 2008 study, for example, reviewed orthodontic patients who used water flossing compared to those only brushing. The study found that those using water flossing were able to remove five times as much plaque as the non-flossing group.

If you’re considering water flossing over traditional flossing thread, talk with your dental hygienist. He or she can give you advice on purchasing a water flosser, as well as how to use the device for optimum performance. It could be a great and more convenient way to keep plaque from between your teeth and harming your dental health.

If you would like more information on water flossing, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cleaning between Your Teeth: How Water Flossing can help.”

By Salvatore Guerriero, DMD
October 16, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Flossing  

It’s a question as old as time (or at least as old as modern dentistry and the invention of floss). Do you really need to floss? If so, how often? What if you brush your teeth twice (or even three times) per day? Can your dentist really tell the difference when you finally make it in for that routine cleaning, or are they just determined to give you a hard time?

The dentists at Nashua Smile Makers want to assure patients that unfortunately, the gums don’t lie. When it comes to flossing, and skipping the stringy stuff in between dental visits will have a very real impact on your gums (hint: the benefits of flossing are progressive, so flossing for the first time in months or years right before a dental appointment won’t help)!

Flossing - How Much is Enough?

Many people are under the mistaken belief that flossing is optional when it comes to a regular oral hygiene routine. In fact, brushing and flossing work together to help fight tooth decay and gum disease. A good rule of thumb is to think of flossing in the same way as brushing - one would never skip brushing for a day or week and “get to it later” - flossing should be no different. Nashua Smile Makers recommends once a day every day to help remove the plaque that solidifies into tartar and leads to periodontal disease, which can result in tooth loss, and has also been associated with more serious health problems like heart attack, stroke, and diabetes.

What if You Brush Your Teeth Several Times a Day?

Even the most diligent and effective brushing methods can fall short of preventing oral diseases like gingivitis (early gum disease). While frequent brushing can help to keep your teeth clean and mouth fresh, the bristles of a toothbrush can’t reach the deep spaces in between teeth, where bacteria and plaque can accumulate and lead to inflammation under the gum line.

To learn more about preventing gum disease and to schedule a professional cleaning and oral health screening, contact Nashua Smile Makers today at 603-882-3727 to schedule an appointment.