Flossing is one of the most important things you can do for your dental health. But, for those who are getting older, or that wear dental appliances, it becomes difficult to perform this task using traditional string floss. So, what are good alternatives? We recommend two non-traditional types of flossing for those who cannot keep up with the regular way:
If you simply have a hard time holding onto the string and manipulating it between your teeth, try a floss pick. These are pre-strung plastic floss holders that make it easier to reach and angle the floss in your mouth. In other words, you don’t have to wrap a long string of floss around your fingers and swallow your hand in order to perform the cleaning.
Even easier are water flossers. This dental device can be purchased at any drug store and truly takes the hassle out of flossing, even adding a bit of fun. The machine comes countertop-sized with a water tank and narrow hose with several nib tips that adjust the water stream and pressure. It cleans by flushing the gums and teeth with pressurized water, forcing food particles and plaque out of the nooks and crannies of your mouth.
You can fill the tank with a combination of water and an antiseptic like salt. You want to hold the water stream so that it is angled between two teeth, and also hits the gumline. There are uses for a water flosser that are helpful in other healthy ways. For instance, there is a nib you can get that allows you to use your water flosser to flush out your sinuses.
If you would like to talk to someone about ways to improve your oral health, call Dr. Nicholas Nicastro Jr. and our helpful team at N.J. Nicastro Dental PC. Phone: 631-928-2020, or come by our office in Port Jefferson Station, New York.