Alternative Ways to Floss your Teeth

While flossing is an incredibly important part of dental health, it is estimated that only four out of ten Americans actually floss and 20% do not floss at all. It can be a more time-consuming method of oral hygiene and for some can cause a small amount of discomfort, but it also has many benefits. In addition to traditional flossing, there are also several additional ways to ensure you are flossing enough.

Floss Picks

Also referred to as flosser picks, these plastic toothpicks are a replacement for wooden ones as a way to dislodge small pieces of food. The opposite end forms a p-shape which holds a small piece of floss pre-threaded on the other end. The handle makes it easy to hold, and the versatile edges are ideal for a variety of problems.

Soft Picks

These disposable picks have soft bristles to remove plaque and massage the gums. They have a rounded handle and are typically able to be bent in order to get into hard to reach places. They work ideally with braces, bridgework, and dental implants.

Oral Irrigators

A pulsating stream of water is used to cleanse the area between teeth. The speed settings help you get to a powerful level that can remove teeth debris but is also gentle on the gums too. Some models will have a water reservoir tip, and some can hook right to the faucet.

Air Flossers

These newer appliances offer an alternative to traditional oral irrigators. They use micro-droplets of air with liquid to clean between teeth and near gums. Their smaller size and ease of travel makes them an alternative to oral irrigators for many people.

At the end of the day, regular flossing is what counts. Whichever method works the best for you… stick with it and keep those teeth clean!

5 Daily Habits for Healthy Teeth

It seems like everywhere you look, there is information about what you should or shouldn’t do for a healthy smile. Don’t drink coffee, use this toothpaste, get this treatment…the list goes on. But what habits are the best daily habits for healthy teeth? Today My Dental Clinic in Calgary is covering the top dental care habits you should be practicing for optimal oral health:

Routine Professional Dental Care

When it comes to optimal oral health, one of the most important steps is maintaining routine professional dental care. Although at home care is essential as well, visiting your Calgary dentist regularly will allow them to clean areas you may miss and keep an eye out for any serious complications.

Brushing Properly

We’ve all heard how important brushing twice a day can be, but did you know you should be brushing for at least two minutes each time? You should spend at least 30 seconds on each “quadrant” (top left, top right, bottom left, bottom right). Also be sure to get your tongue while you are in there cleaning!

Flossing Daily

Did you know only about 16% of Canadians floss their teeth daily? Although brushing your teeth is highly important, your toothbrush can’t reach every area. This is where floss comes in! Floss can reach in between the teeth to reach particles, debris and bacteria your brush might miss.

Hydrating

For many people, their drinks of choice are sodas, energy drinks, teas, and coffees. But did you know that water is important not only for your general health but also your oral health? Drinking water can hydrate the mouth, eliminate debris and bacteria and even reduce the risk of bad breath.

Cleaning Your Tongue

As mentioned above, cleaning your tongue is also important for healthy teeth. Bacteria doesn’t only live on teeth; it lives throughout your entire mouth including on your tongue. These bacteria, when left in the mouth, can increase the risk of decay, bad breath, and even gum disease.