Posts for tag: Flossing

By Smart Family Dental Care
December 17, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene   Flossing  

Though you don't like to admit it, you don't floss very often. Oh sure, you know it's important to remove the film of bacteria and food particles called plaque that builds up between and on your teeth. And you know you should do it every day.

It's just that, well… you're not very good at using dental floss.

While it's effective, dental floss takes some technique to hold it with your fingers and work it between your teeth. It can be hard for people to get the hang of it — and some aren't physically able or have obstacles like braces that make it harder.

There is a solution: an oral irrigator. Available for home use for decades, these devices deliver pulsating water at high pressure through a handheld device that looks like a power toothbrush. The water flows through a special tip to loosen and flush out plaque from between teeth.

You may have encountered oral irrigation during dental visits. They're a regular part of dental cleanings especially for treatment of periodontal (gum) disease. Because gum tissue weakened by disease may gradually separate from the teeth, large voids or gaps called periodontal pockets can form. These pockets can become further infected and accumulate plaque and calculus (hardened plaque deposits) that can also extend to the roots. Oral irrigation is a way to remove much of the plaque from these hard to reach places.

Oral irrigators have also proven effective for orthodontic patients whose brace hardware inhibits regular dental floss. A 2008 study, for example, found orthodontic patients were able to remove five times as much plaque with an oral irrigator as those who used only a manual toothbrush.

If you're simply looking for an effective alternative to dental floss, an oral irrigator is a good choice. We can help choose the right model for you and give you tips on using it. Your goal is the same as if you were using dental floss — remove the plaque between your teeth to keep disease at bay and your smile healthy.

If you would like more information on flossing options, 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.”

By Smart Family Dental Care
August 19, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Flossing  

FlossingDo you floss as often as you need to maintain good oral health? Find out now!

Be honest with yourself and your Norcross dentist Dr. Orson Baek: How often do you actually floss your teeth? If the answer isn’t every day, then you need to reevaluate your oral hygiene. While flossing might not seem as essential to your routine as brushing, think again. Flossing is the best way to clean in those hard-to-reach spots between teeth where your toothbrush can’t always reach. So how can you incorporate it more into your schedule?

The Importance of Flossing

While flossing might not feel as natural as brushing it's certainly just as important for the health of your teeth and gums. While your Norcross dentist can tell you to floss every day, we always have to preface this by saying that it’s less about just performing the action every day and more about actually doing a thorough job cleaning between your teeth and along the gumline. In actuality, if you have poor flossing technique, you could floss multiple times a day and we would never be able to tell!

When should I floss?

This seems to be a popular and heavily debated question. Of course, the answer is: it depends on what works best for you! After all, we want you to spend enough time flossing every day, so follow the routine that works for you and your schedule.

This also includes deciding if you should floss before or after you brush your teeth. There is the belief that if you floss before you brush you can dislodge food and plaque stuck in between teeth that your brush can then remove more effectively. This is still up for debate. Again, as long as you're flossing, that’s all that really matters for the health of your smile!

How long should I floss?

This will depend on how often you’ve been flossing and how familiar you are with this habit. Those who’ve been flossing for a while may find it only takes a minute or two, while someone new to flossing may want to take their time and pay attention to the technique involved. There is no proper amount of time needed to floss, just however long it will take to thoroughly clean between all of your teeth.

If you are an avid flosser, your Norcross dentist commends you on your optimum oral health! Just remember, your oral care isn’t complete unless you are also following up with us every six months for professional cleanings and exams. If it’s time for your biannual visit, call Smart Family Dental Care. In the meantime pick up that floss and start protecting the health of your smile today.