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To avoid the ravages of gum disease and dental caries, you will need to practice diligence every single day. Brushing and flossing is the secret to a healthy smile. Every time you eat food or take a drink of anything other than water, there is oral debris left behind. Bits of food, sugar or bacteria accumulate along with sticky plaque, coating teeth and gum line. Brushing will clean the tops and sides of teeth, but for those crevices between teeth you will need to floss to prevent dental caries and gingivitis.

Which Floss Do You Prefer?

1) Oral irrigators use a pulsating stream of water to flush plaque along with food particle debris, allowing them to effectively combat gingivitis. Aiming the water stream at the gum line gently flushes particles, making it twice as effective as dental floss at keeping bleeding gums at bay.

2) Floss picks are easy to use for children and people with limited manual dexterity who cannot hold ribbon floss properly. Floss picks also reach into the back areas of the mouth where the molars reside. When it comes to cleaning thoroughly, floss picks are not as effective as string floss because they cannot form a U-curve around each tooth where the thread slides up and down.

3) Waxed floss comes with a Teflon coating which allows it to slide freely between the teeth. This makes it effective for cleaning between tightly spaced teeth. Waxed floss is available in various flavors, such as mint, to make breath feel fresh.

4) Unwaxed floss absorbs food particles better than waxed floss. It also doesn’t catch on the rough edges of chipped teeth, making it less likely to tear or shred. Unwaxed floss is thinner than waxed threads making it good at maneuvering between crowded teeth.

The secret to a healthy smile is brushing and flossing every single day. If you choose a flossing technique that works best for you and make use of it every day, your teeth and gums will reward you with a healthy, brighter smile. If you have any questions about flossing or would like to see Drs. Michael Smith & Evan Smith, give our team a call at 208-343-4986 today!