My Fixed Bridge Makes My Life Easier

When I had a badly decayed tooth extracted, I got a partial denture to fill in the gap. I didn't mind it at first, because I was just so happy to have my painful tooth out of my mouth. Over time, I began to get tired of taking it out at night. I asked my dentist if I was could get a dental implant, and he said that my gum disease did not make me a good candidate, but a fixed bridge may be a good option for me. I went with his suggestion, and I have no regrets. I love feeling like I have a real tooth again that I don't have to remove at night. I created this blog to remind other people with a missing tooth that they have many replacement options, and if one is not for you, then try another that may be right.

Should You Floss Or Waterpik?

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For many dental patients, a major question remains: should you floss or use a water-based irrigator? There are plenty of reasons to clean in between your teeth, but how can you be sure that you are making the right decision for your smile and dental health?

Keep reading to learn more about how to clean between your teeth most effectively.

Isn't Brushing Enough?

Many people are surprised to find that simply brushing their teeth is not enough. In fact, many people never do more than brush their teeth.

The truth is that brushing is not enough to ensure you take proper care of your teeth. Brushing removes food from the front and back of your teeth, but it does not reach into the middle of the teeth where food is easily stuck, leading to cavities and gum disease.

For this reason, it is important that you pay close attention to flossing or using a water irrigator.

Flossing Is Important

It is important to floss so that you can remove debris between the teeth as well as near the gum line. If you do not floss, it is very likely that you will experience some form of gum disease over the years.

When you floss, you use a piece of string that slides up and down against the teeth themselves. This takes some close effort to ensure you are reaching every surface of the tooth before or after you brush.

Of course, flossing can make it difficult to reach the back of your mouth, and it can cause some gum sensitivity. As a result, you might consider a dental irrigation system.

Water May Be Helpful Too

For many people, an irrigation system is a helpful tool for cleaning debris from between the teeth. Flossing with water is easier for some people, and it can provide a gum massage that eases pain and swelling.

Of course, water cannot dislodge everything from your mouth. It is possible that you may need to use both tools to clean your teeth most effectively.

Talk to Your Family Dentist

Finally, understand that what works for some people may not work for everybody. You may benefit from water irrigation while somebody else may see flossing as a better option. If you are unsure which method is ideal for your dental health, talk to your family dentist. Book an appointment today to see if your current routine is working for you.


23 October 2020