Are There Alternatives to Flossing?

There are a number of important things you need to do if you’d like to keep your mouth healthy. For instance, you may know that you’ll need to floss your teeth every day. Sadly though, many people struggle with flossing for a variety of reasons. For instance, some people have a hard time flossing because their hands aren’t steady, or because flossing triggers their gag reflex. Fortunately, there are flossing alternatives you can consider.​

Toothbrushes can’t clean very effectively between your teeth. So if you don’t floss, you can’t prevent plaque buildup between your teeth.This can lead to inflamed gums, and eventually to gum disease. Gum disease can also lead to a number of serious problems, including tooth loss, consistent bad breath, and loss of supporting bone structure.​

Fortunately, if you struggle with traditional flossing, there are alternatives you can consider. For instance, water floss can be extremely useful in place of traditional wax floss. As you may know, this tool sends a guided stream of water that can help you remove the plaque and food particles from your teeth. Furthermore, water picks can be useful because they come with several attachments, allowing you to be as comfortable as possible. Floss picks are another option you can consider.​

If you struggle with flossing for any reason, we invite you to contact Pell City Dental Center PC at 205-473-0044. Dr. Scott Barnett and our team can answer any questions you have and help you decide how to floss most effectively and comfortably. We’re excited to hear from you soon!

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