Exploring Dental Tool Improvements

Hi, it's Mia Armonde here to talk to you about family dentistry. As my small family grew into a large one, I found myself at the dental office on a regular basis. Every six months, the kids would go into the dentist for a cleaning or repairs to their teeth. During that time, I took an interest in the various ways the dental tools were evolving. Tools used in the dental industry have grown in leaps and bounds in the last few decades. For example, my kids went from hearing the dental drill to wearing headphones that completely canceled out the sound. Each time we go back into the dentist, I take a close look at the improvements that have arisen since the last visit. The results are astounding. I will cover my findings on this site, so you can also enjoy the improvements to dental tools and techniques.

Having Trouble Flossing Between Certain Teeth? Here Are Some Things To Try

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If you're making an effort to floss daily — or, at worst, every couple of days — you're making a critical commitment to the health of your mouth. Many people don't floss very frequently and end up with problems such as bad breath, gum disease, and even tooth loss. Committing to daily flossing doesn't necessarily mean that you find the task easy, however. If you have certain teeth that are jammed tightly against one another, you may struggle to get the floss between them. Don't fall for the temptation of avoiding flossing these teeth. Here are some tactics that you can adopt instead.

Use Waxed Dental Floss

Check what type of dental floss you customarily use to floss your teeth. There are many different kinds on the market, including waxed and unwaxed. If you're not using waxed dental floss, give it a try. You may find that the wax allows the floss to more easily slide between your teeth, thus allowing you to clean between them more effectively. Unwaxed floss can sometimes get caught in tight areas, thus increasing the challenge of your ability to floss.

Try Dental Tape

Another change that you might wish to consider in terms of the product that you use to floss your teeth is to try using dental tape. Dental tape is slightly different than conventional dental floss. The tape is significantly thinner, and while this product isn't recommended for people who have larger gaps between their teeth, it can be perfect for those who struggle to use conventional floss. You're apt to be impressed with the usability of dental tape and find that it allows you to easily reach the areas that were previously difficult for you.

Use A Floss Threader

In some circumstances, you may be able to use a floss threader to help get your floss between your teeth. Try to assess an area of your mouth in which the teeth are tight. In some cases, they'll be tight from the gumline to the tops of the teeth, but this isn't always the case. It's also possible that the tops of the teeth are touching, but there's a noticeable gap between that point and the gumline. You can easily pass the end of a piece of dental floss through this gap with the help of a floss threader, and then work to keep the area clean. Using a floss threader takes a bit of practice, but it's an effective tool for your oral hygiene — especially if flossing between certain teeth has been a challenge.

For more information, talk to your dentist.


19 December 2018