Waterpik or Dental Floss?

waterpik or dental flossWe all know that we need to brush and floss daily in order to keep up with proper dental hygiene.  Many people have wondered which is a better way to floss: waterpik or dental floss?  Each method has some pros and cons, listed below.

Dental Floss

Using traditional string dental floss may be what most of us are used to.  It is an affordable and quick way to remove food particles that a toothbrush cannot reach. It is also easily accessible from any pharmacy or grocery store and can be done anywhere.  These are the pros. Some cons of string dental floss are that it is still difficult to reach some areas of the mouth.  It can also be difficult to handle for some people. It may also worsen or cause gum sensitivity.

Water Picking

This method of flossing is also known as water flossing. It uses a special machine that directs a stream of water into the mouth and gums. Rather than scraping the teeth to remove plaque, it uses water pressure to massage the gums and push the food away from the teeth.

The pros of water picking are that it is easy to use, especially for people with braces or other permanent dental work. The massage action can also improve gum health and reach areas that can’t e reached with regular string floss.  Some cons of water picking are that they can be expensive to purchase and more inconvenient to store.  It requires electricity and water, so it is not as easy to use on the go as dental floss.

No mater which method you choose, just be sure you do floss.  It is important to floss daily to avoid more serious mouth and health problems. If it is painful for you to floss you should check with your dentist and see what they would recommend.

Read more about flossing and water picking and how to properly do both here: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/315992.php

 

The Difference Between Waxed and Unwaxed Floss?

flossYou know how important it is to floss your teeth as part of your daily hygiene routine.  But there are so many different types of floss to choose from, waxed and unwaxed floss, flavored or non-flavored.  What is the difference between them all?

Waxed floss has a coating that makes it easier to get the floss between the teeth. Waxed floss is they type of floss that is flavored. Unwaxed floss doesn’t have a coating, it’s thinner and doesn’t have any flavoring.  As for which is more effective, it just depends on who you are.

Just ask your dentist.  It doesn’t matter what floss you use, as long as you are using it.  Find the floss that you enjoy the most and is most comfortable to you.  If you aren’t sure which floss you will like the best, check out the article from Mark Burhenne of “Ask The Dentist”.  He lists some reasons waxed or non-waxed floss might be your preference.  Read about it here: What’s the Difference Between Waxed and Non-Waxed Floss?.

Waxed or Un-waxed Floss?

29825799-teeth-with-eyes-vector-seamless-patternYou know that flossing is an important part of your dental routine. Picking the best floss for you will help make this daily chore a bit easier.  Many people prefer floss that is waxed, while others prefer the un-waxed.  So, whether you choose waxed or un-waxed floss, here are some pros and cons of each.

Waxed – The wax on floss is there to help the floss glide more easily through teeth and over the dental fixtures. But, this may also make it a bit more difficult to hang on to with your fingers.  Waxed floss is often flavored to taste like mint or cinnamon.  This can be a pro or con depending on whether or not you like flavor.

Un-waxed – Some people find un-waxed easier to use because it is not so slippery and easier to grip between the fingers.  People tend to use more floss when it is slippery. Un-waxed floss is thinner so it is easier to fit between crowded teeth and tight spaces.  But, it may pose a problem by shredding and breaking in these tight spaces because it is thin.  It is also not ideal for people with dental appliances, such as braces, because it can shred easier and is harder to thread underneath.

What Are The Pros And Cons Of Unwaxed Floss? | WiseGeek

12 Clever Uses For Dental Floss

21533008-cereal-bread-harvest-rural-fresh-rye-wheat-wheat-food-feedDental floss is something that most people always have around the house because hopefully they are using it every day to clean between their teeth.  But besides being there for the daily cleaning, dental floss can also be used for all sorts of common items.  In this article on the Huffington Post, you can see 12 clever uses for dental floss.  Including to hang photos or other things around the house to slicing bread or cake.  Check out the article for the complete list by following the link below.

Uses For Dental Floss: 12 Quick Tricks Around The House PHOTOS.