Monday, April 27, 2009
The vast majority of people do not floss with any regularity. Reasons generally cited for avoiding it are: time, discomfort, unpleasant experience, difficult to do, contacts between teeth too tight... and there are countless others.
If you do use regular dental floss, this is one of the best animated descriptions I've seen on how to use it effectively: FLOSSING DEMO
If you are like me and have tight contacts between your teeth and are sick of cutting up your gums or getting floss stuck between your teeth, try out Glide Floss It was the solution for me.
Disclaimer: I have no financial interest in the following products in any way, I just think they are great alternatives for those who dislike traditional floss.
Many have tried the popular "Water Pik", which is method of water irrigation in between teeth and had good success with it. Water Pik is a great product especially for people with braces and bridges. The downside is that most people find it messy.
Another great water irrigation device is the Hydrofloss. This particular device magnetically ionizes the water you put into it which makes it more difficult for the plaque bacteria to adhere to your teeth. It has very positive research articles written about it. Again though this is a fairly messy product, is expensive, and I have no personal experience with it.
The following flossing alternative is a great little product at a very reasonable price.
Showerfloss - People have often told me if there were a device that could combine flossing with showering they would be FAR more likely to do it. This product is another water irrigation device, adds just a few minutes to your daily shower, has no mess, and is under $30. The only downsides are that it is only available for purchase online, and that there is a bit of installation effort on your part. However, if you are capable of unscrewing your shower head, you can install this product. Check out www.showerfoss.com and see if this might be right for you.
Flossing doesn't have to be boring and a hassle anymore.