Posted On 6/24/2019 12:00:00 AM
by Bruce Kanehl
Are you tired of hearing your dentist lecture you at each of your teeth cleaning appointments because you’re not flossing enough? Some patients don’t think flossing helps their teeth and some don’t floss because they lack the hand dexterity to do so correctly.
In this article we’re going to look at a new type of flossing technique called air flossing, which can be more effective than traditional flossing and is easier for those with limited dexterity or who have certain dental appliances/fixtures.
Flossing correctly reduces the amount of plaque on teeth by about 40 percent. That’s just one main reason why you should floss daily. Here are several other reasons why flossing is important:
Manuel flossing involves using thin strips of fiber to clean between your teeth. But just how effective is it:
Airflossing uses a handheld device that uses both compressed air and droplets of water to clean in between your teeth and your gumline. This is called microburst technology, and it removes the plaque film from your teeth. However, it’s different from both manual flossing and waterpiks.
Dr. Kanehl recommends the Sonicare Airfloss. It makes it easier to floss your teeth without doing a major arm work-out. All you need to do is fill the power flosser with water or your favorite mouthwash, and then aim the nozzle at your gumline. Clean your gums and teeth for up to a minute and blast away plaque and bacteria. It’s better to use the air flosser before brushing so you have less plaque and tarter to brush away.
For more information about flossing correctly and the advantages of air flossing, please contact Kanehl Dental.
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