You’ve heard it all before: you have to brush and floss regularly to ensure your teeth and gums stay healthy.
It all sounds good on paper, but for many people, flossing is an uncomfortable task that they don’t like doing. What happens when people don’t enjoy doing something? They stop doing it.
If this sounds familiar, our holistic dental office in Montreal has a solution! Oral irrigators are excellent alternatives to traditional flossing. They get the job done without leaving you with plaque-covered strings littering your wastebasket.
Why Do You Need to Floss?
Brushing your teeth is fundamental to good oral health practices because the bristles take leftover food and plaque bacteria to task, cleaning the surface of your teeth and gums as the brush goes back and forth. Unfortunately, toothbrush bristles can’t reach everywhere, and it’s those hard-to-reach spots where plaque and bacteria like to form.
This is where flossing comes into play. As a follow-up to brushing, flossing gets into those nooks and crannies your bristles can’t reach, helping to keep your back teeth, gums, and other sensitive areas free of decay-causing debris.
Why Use an Oral Irrigator?
It’s no secret that tons of people hate flossing. It takes a certain dexterity to really do it correctly – not to mention, the process can be quite time-consuming.
Oral irrigators replace string floss by delivering a steady stream of pulsating water through a hand-held tube that has a tiny nozzle on the end. This countertop device allows you to easily direct the stream of water to your gumline, just as you would if you were flossing with traditional strings; however, oral irrigators simply use the pulses of water to vibrate plaque loose and rinse it away.
Oral irrigators are beneficial for many reasons, including:
- Minimal need for dexterity;
- Ability to reach between orthodontia devices such, as braces, in ways traditional floss simply cannot;
- Reduced impact on the environment, as no strings are needed and no waste is produced;
- Reduced bleeding for people who have particularly sensitive gums or those experiencing gum disease or other health issues.
As the holistic dentist Montreal residents trust, Dre Nathalie Kadoch and her team at Centre Dentaire are proud to help their patients realize beautiful smiles. Whether you simply need a regular cleaning, or you’re looking for a cosmetic dentist who can help you with veneers, crowns, and bridges, we can’t wait to meet you! Schedule your initial visit today!