We’ve all seen the countless types, styles, and brands of toothbrushes out in store aisles, but did you know you have options when it comes to flossing at home? From electric flossers to the standard tried and true you grew up with, here’s a breakdown from Parkcrest Dental Group of the many types of flossing tools out on the market today.
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Electric flossing tools are appealing because they’re sleek, chargeable, and offer users a high level of performance cleaning. Parkcrest Dental Group likes them because it’s easy to use nature also allows people with arthritis and joint pain to still effectively practice dental hygiene. Electric flossing tools like the ones listed below pair nicely with an electric toothbrush and are a great alternative to traditional flossing options.
Water Flossers- When using this tool, powered bursts of water force harmful plaque away from between the teeth. This water requires a holding tank to sit in, making water flossers bulkier and more expensive. They get the job done, however, and don’t require much effort on your part, which makes them the perfect alternative to standard flossing techniques. Water flossers work well with braces too!
Air Flossers- Air flossers send rapid jets of air and water droplets between your teeth, removing food buildup, plaque, and unwanted bacteria. Like the water flosser, air flossers require a tank for water or mouthwash, but there are some brands that offer cordless versions as well. Oral irrigators like this benefit all who use it when the combination of water and air gets into hard-to-reach places. All it takes is a push of a button!
Brushes and Picks
Brushes and picks are a more traditional method of flossing, and not to mention cheaper. For those looking for the ultimate convenience factor, consider switching to one of these options for your new routine in dental care.
Interdental Brush – Interdental brushes are unique because their bristles are designed to reach down in between the teeth, sweeping away plaque and bacteria as you brush. To make this happen, the brushes are naturally wider to cover more surface area when brushing.
Some other brushes offer disposable floss heads at the handle for convenience. Parkcrest Dental Group recommends changing your toothbrush every 1-2 months for optimum hygiene, so buying a toothbrush with a built-in option for flossing may be the best option for you because you’re more likely to use it.
Flossing Picks- Disposable picks come in large value size packs for times when you need a quick fix but don’t have time to brush. The easiest and quickest flossing option by far, flossing picks are cheap and allow you to reach every tooth quickly and efficiently. They work so well that some are even designed for braces!
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Old Fashioned Floss
What we’re all traditionally used to, the most basic tried and true technique against fighting plaque and bacteria. Floss comes in a wide variety of sizes, flavors, and brands, and you can even expect to see some right here at Parkcrest Dental Group. Here’s a little more.
Waxed Floss- Waxed floss is the most common floss on the market, and probably the most popular. Its wax coating makes it easier for you to move the floss in narrow openings between two teeth and still catch unwanted plaque buildup.
For some, flavored floss options can disguise or distract from the medial task of flossing and offer a fun way for children and adults to enjoy dental care. Traditional flavors like cinnamon and mint are crowd favorites, but recently traditional flossing has become more fun with new flavors like cupcake, bacon, pickle, and ranch dressing.
Unwaxed Floss- Unwaxed floss is not coated with wax and does not come in fun flavors. But it’s very beneficial to people who need a thinner floss option, those with certain allergies, and people who just prefer plain floss.
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Dr. Steve Harrison with Parkcrest Dental Group
Dr. Steve Harrison of Parkcrest Dental Group encourages actively brushing and flossing teeth at least twice a day. Flossing is an important step in oral hygiene that can keep your mouth feeling clean and help naturally prevent gum disease. With the many different types and methods of floss out there, it’s never been easier to floss every single day.
For more information about flossing, or Parkcrest Dental Group services offered, visit the website today! Our team is a highly trained group of individuals with the passion to help you feel confident about your smile. Schedule an appointment today!