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

 

Flossing Health Claims Not Proven

do i need to floss everydayYou’ve probably heard a lot of hype in the news lately about flossing.  Certain claims say that flossing is not as important as once thought. In fact, a leading British dentist said there is only “weak evidence” that flossing prevents gum disease and cavities. He added that “more sophisticated trials” are needed.

An Associated Press research study said that evidence in leading journals was weak and unreliable. If you ask your dentist though, he/she will most likely tell you that flossing is still very important.  Some people may not have large enough spaces between their teeth to use an inter-dental brush so flossing is a good alternative.

Read more about flossing claims and studies in the Salisbury Journal.

 

 

Do I Really Need To Floss Every Day?

 floss every dayYour bedtime routine probably consists of washing your face, brushing your teeth, changing into comfy PJs. But flossing? Flossing is the easy-to-forget habit you know you should be doing daily. But is it really that big of a deal if you don’t floss every day? According to Mark Burhenne, D.D.S, the answer is “No”.

“I would say it’s not a big deal,” says Mark Burhenne, D.D.S., a California dentist and author of The 8-Hour Sleep Paradox​. “It’s really diet and lifestyle first, and then it’s flossing and brushing.”

Check out this video and article from Shape Magazine on the importance of flossing and how your diet can help keep your teeth even healthier than flossing.

Dental Floss: Do I Need To Floss Every Day? | Shape Magazine

A Knee Infection From Flossing?

knee ifection from flossingYou’ve probably heard that the mouth is the gateway to the rest of the body. But an article from MSN Health, it tells a bizarre story about a woman in Wisconsin who developed a knee infection from flossing too much.

Don’t think that this means you shouldn’t floss.  It is very rare that this would happen.  The women had a prosthetic knee and when she flossed, she flossed so vigorously that her gums bled.  This allowed for bacteria to enter her blood stream and infect the knee.

Read the full article here: Woman Suffers Nasty Knee Infection After Vigorous Tooth Flossing

The Cost Of Not Flossing

cost of not flossingIf you are anything like me, you may not want to admit that you don’t floss as often as you should.  You know if you don’t floss twice a day, you run a higher risk of tooth decay and cavities.  But do you really stop and think about the cost of not flossing your teeth? Not just the cost on your health, but on your pocketbook.

The money you lose from not flossing will make your jaw drop. Just think, the average cost of a root canal is $1500.  That’s a lot of money to throw down the drain just because you are too lazy to floss.  Some other bad habits that could cost you oodles of money in the long run are playing and texting on your phone and sitting too much.  The average cost of a lifetime of carpal tunnel syndrome treatment from being on your phone too much could be as much as $30,000.  The cost of chiropractic visits over time to treat lower back pain from sitting too much is $1600.

So the moral of the story is Floss!  Save yourself the money and pain.  And try and get rid of some of the other bad habits that will cost you lots of money too.

The Money You Lose from Not Flossing Your Teeth Will Make Your Jaw Drop | Women’s Health Magazine.