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Should I Floss My Teeth: Pros of Flossing

You may have heard the news that dental floss could actually damage teeth and gums. Most people don’t mind brushing their teeth as much but many dislike flossing and this sounds like the perfect excuse you’ve been waiting for to stop flossing! Flossing is a lot of additional work and if it is going to harm your teeth and gums, then why keep doing it? Could brushing really well compensate for not flossing or is there another device that can perform the job of dental floss which is safer as well?

Pros of Flossing

1. Brushing without flossing doesn’t remove all the food and plaque particles. Some people attempt to brush harder or longer to avoid flossing their teeth. This doesn’t work and will end up causing damage to your gums instead. Brushing and flossing each serve their own purpose and their functions do not really overlap much but rather complement each other.

  • A toothbrush is designed to clean food and plaque buildup on teeth surfaces and groves
  • Dental floss is used to clean buildup material in between the teeth and in areas where the toothbrush can not reach as well

2. Flossing fights off cavities in between your teeth. Cavity bugs have two favorite places they love to gather and start building cavities from.

  • The groves located on your back teeth, known as occlusal cavities
  • In-between teeth, known as interproximal cavities

Brushing will help prevent the first type of cavities on teeth groves while flossing is more effective in preventing the type of cavities which develop in between the teeth. It is not unusual to run into patients who brush well but don’t floss who end up with multiple cavities all of which are located in-between their teeth. The worse thing about these types of cavities is that they can’t be easily spotted in their early stages without an X-ray. They can creep up on you and become painful without any signs seemingly out of nowhere!

3. Flossing regularly also helps in fighting off gum disease. The same food and plaque particles which build up between your teeth can lead to gum disease as well as cavities. If you do not remove the food and plaque on time it will become calcified, known as tartar or calculus, which is the main cause of gum disease. The most effective way to keep your gums healthy and fight off gum disease is to floss regularly to prevent the formation of these harmful build ups in between your teeth.

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Should I Floss My Teeth: How to Decide

Floss-Pick vs. Dental Floss: Pros of a Floss-Pick

You may have seen people use a floss-pick to clean in between their teeth. Floss-pick, or a floss-holder, is a plastic handle shaped like an F or a Y with a little piece of dental floss in between the handles. We admit, seeing someone using them looks cool and makes it seem that flossing your teeth is much more comfortable with one. But does this convenience come at a price? Which option is the better method to clean in between your teeth a floss-pick or traditional dental floss you get from the dispenser?

Pros of Using a Floss-Pick (Floss-Holder)

1. It’s easier to use a floss-pick than traditional dental floss. Most of us tend to find the task of flossing in between all our teeth to be quite challenging and time consuming. Removing the right amount of string, wrapping it around our fingers and maneuvering it between every single tooth can be tedious day after day. Using a ready make device with its own handle and the right amount of floss string in place sounds like a great and solution to making flossing easier.

2. Easier to access the furthest positioned teeth. Many of us have a hard time flossing those pesky teeth located all the way to the back of the mouth. Many find it more convenient to use a floss-pick over a traditional dental floss to gain better access to these distally located teeth without having to stuff their fingers all the way back there.

3. A good method to quickly floss your teeth when on the go. Due to their convenient design a floss-pick is not a bad way to clean in between your teeth when you are on the go and unable to carry and use traditional dental flosses with you. Keeping a few of these at work of in your glove compartment may not be bad way to get that piece of chips stuck between your teeth out if you can’t have your dental floss dispenser on your person.

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Floss-Pick vs. Dental Floss: How to Decide

Benefits of Electric Toothbrush

Electric or manual toothbrush?

As most of you already know, there are two types of toothbrush: Electric toothbrush and manual toothbrush. Manual toothbrushes require hand motion to vibrate the bristol heads. Electric toothbrushes have automatically vibrating bristles, making brushing your teeth a bit easier. So is an electric toothbrush better than a manual one? Or can you get similar results with either type of toothbrush so long as you do a good job? Lets discuss the benefits of each type of toothbrush:

What are the benefits of an electric toothbrush?

Popularity of electric toothbrushes have increased tremendously within the last few decades as our love of technology grows. There are many different brands of electric toothbrushes each with their own list of features and benefits. Different electric toothbrushes offer numerous handy little perks including:

  • Automatic vibrating brushhead
  • Replaceable brush heads
  • Countdown timer
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Pressure sensors to warn when you’re pressing too hard on your brush

The main advantage of an electric toothbrush is that it offers vibrating brushheads. This means that you don’t have to worry about rotating the brush yourself. To most of us, not having to worry about rotating your brush on a daily basis sounds like a nice little luxury to have. But is an electric toothbrush really better at cleaning your teeth?

Electric toothbrush is easier to operate than manual ones

With an electric toothbrush you only need to pay attention to cover your teeth surfaces and the brush does the rest for you. On the other hand, a manual toothbrush requires you to both position the brush and manually vibrate the brushhead using proper motion to remove plaque and food particles. Electric toothbrushes eliminate latter step and make brushing your teeth easier.

Many of us get complacent with our brushing habits. We start cutting corners and brushing for shorter periods and less effectively. It’s easier to cheat when using a manual toothbrush. Since electric toothbrushes are easier to use, we tend to stay more on top of our brushing habits. Most of us make less mistakes over time when using an electric toothbrush over a manual one.

Built-in timer helps time your brushing

You know you’re supposed to brush for two minutes, yet for some reason those two minutes seem more like two hours! Having a built-in timer is a useful feature that most electric toothbrushes have nowadays. Built-in timers are a helpful and beneficial way to regulate the time we brush our teeth. It works well, so long as you don’t overlook it.

More controlled brushing pressure

Brushing too hard is a serious condition which gradually damages your teeth and gums. This is referred to as toothbrush abrasion and causes exposure of tooth roots and gums leading to hot and cold sensitivity. Electric toothbrush users are less likely to end up with toothbrush abrasion than manual brush users.

People trust the built-in brushing mechanism that is featured in electric toothbrushes. As a result, they don’t find it necessary to apply excessive force which is the leading cause of toothbrush abrasion. In fact some electric toothbrush brands even have a pressure sensor to warn when you’re applying excessive force. While not always the case, electric toothbrush users are less likely to end up with toothbrush abrasion as compared to manual brushes.

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8 Questions to help you decide which type of toothbrush to go with