Brittany’s Bites: Pick up that Water Pik

 

Want to know how to inexpensively add years to your life? You’ll never guess, but believe it or not, it’s FLOSSING!

Flossing is one of the most important hygiene practices besides brushing and rinsing. Flossing cleans tight areas between the teeth to remove food and plaque biofilm, that if left behind, can cause tooth decay and gum disease.

I’ve heard this before, and sorry to be blunt, but not flossing is the equivalent of wiping your cheeks and not the crack! After all, there are more than 500 bacterial species that can be found in plaque, some are good and some bad. Leaving that “junk” between and under your gums can cause not only dental issues but many other health problems.

Newer research shows flossing can help prevent heart disease. There is a strong correlation between people with poor oral hygiene and cardiovascular disease. Knowing what we know now, I don’t know why you wouldn’t want to floss.

Unfortunately, flossing can be difficult for most patients. Thank goodness, in this day and age, we have alternatives. One of the best adjuncts to string flossing is water flossing. I can personally tell you that I have a water flosser and use it everyday! I have the Water Pik water flosser, and I love using it, and have not gone a day without it!

The main objective of water flossing is to use high pressured water to remove biofilm, plaque and food debris from tooth and gum surfaces. Quite simply, water flossing helps to flush away harmful bacteria that contribute to gingivitis, inflammation and tooth decay.

Water flossers are great for nearly everyone. That’s why I recommend it to all of my patients! They’re especially made for people that have trouble using string floss, have poor dexterity, crowns, implants, bridges or braces. Even though water flossing is highly effective, it does not completely replace manual string floss.

Water flossing is easy and only takes a few minutes a day! There are several different types of water flossers. There are cordless versions, countertop models and several different brands to choose from. Plus, they’re very affordable. Speaking of affordability, you’ll save on dental bills by not needing to see us as often. You want to get your hygienist to stop the bleeding gums lecture, I suggest picking up a water flosser. You’ll thank me later!

*If you are interested, an ADA approved Water Flosser is available on Amazon for $69.97. We believe this could be a great investment to improve your oral health and help keep your teeth for a lifetime!

Brittany Whiting is a talented certified dental hygienist. She has been a valuable Markiewicz Dental team member since 2009. She believes that proper oral hygiene education is an essential part of her job as a hygienist and she hopes to help each patient find a routine that works for them!

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