All dentists know that very few people floss the way or the amount that they should. All too often, patients will come in and when we floss for them, their gums will bleed a lot and they’ll tell us about how they just started to do it again or something to that effect. The problem is, gums that are healthy don’t bleed when flossed!
This isn’t just one of those things dentists tell you. Actually floss twice each day for 30 days and by the end of that month, you will see less and less blood until it no longer bleeds. I had someone who was sure he would never stop bleeding when he came to the dentist. He flossed every day for a few months before his checkup and was amazed that the neither the instruments nor the floss we gave him made his gums bleed. It’s actually just that simple.
Now, the biggest reasons why people don’t floss is because it’s annoying, they hate it, their gums bleed, it’s unpleasant, and it’s so easy to cut out of your routine, especially if you have brushed your teeth already. Our goal is to get people flossing more for a healthier smile, and one of the greatest tools we have come across is the Waterpik Ultra Water Flosser.
What’s so great about this Waterpik?
You may not have heard of them before, but water flossers are excellent tools that utilize pressurized water to clean between your teeth and under your gums – very much similar to regular old dental floss, but without the string to deal with.
We find that people much more enjoy the pleasant and easy stream of water that takes care of the particles than they do actually flossing, and therefore they’re likely to do it more often. Anything that makes a good habit easier to keep is a winner in our books. Ideally, these units are used in conjunction with dental floss to get complete coverage (along with brushing your teeth and using mouth wash), but even with just this unit alone, Waterpik has shown that their products are more effective than flossing alone for preventing various gum problems.
How can I fit it into my routine?
Well, the Ultra, which we reference here, is a counter top model, so as long as you’ve got the room, it will always be right there ready and waiting for you to use. It only takes about a minute to do a full pass, it’s really easy, and you will love the way your mouth feels afterwards – more fresh and clean than brushing and mouthwash. Once you do it a few times (which, naturally, takes a concerted effort, but you will get there), you’ll never want to go a day without it.
Another great feature about Waterpik is that they make it fun for the whole family to get into good dental health habits. They even have a water flosser specifically designed for kids. It gets amazing reviews, just like the regular version, and will help your children start the basis of a healthy mouth.
We only recommend products that we think are beneficial to people, and if you aren’t flossing already, this is a great way to join the ranks of people with truly healthy mouths. Please go learn more and consider buying one yourself, or contact us to find out more and let us know how we can help you.