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Different Types of Dental Floss
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Preventive dental applications like sealants help protect the teeth from decay and cavities. Sealants provide a protective barrier that shields bacterial acids and sugars from damaging the teeth. However, sealants are just applied to the areas of the teeth that chew. Other parts, especially the interdental areas remain unprotected by sealants. It is, for this reason, dentists encourage people to floss in order to prevent decay from occurring on the sides of teeth. Flossing is essential to remove plaque as well as prevent tartar from forming within interdental spaces.

There are several types of flossers. In fact, many of them, and they are designed to work differently. String floss, for example, is the most common. They are fabricated of nylon thread and are able to slip easily between the teeth to scrape off the debris. They come in waxed and unwaxed forms.

If navigating string floss about the mouth proves difficult for you, you can use floss picks. These are Y-shaped and pre-threaded with floss. You just hold the plastic handle and direct the thread between the teeth.

Interdental brushes look like tiny pipe cleaners. They have soft bristles and are designed to be inserted between your teeth. They serve as a flosser to clean debris in the interdental spaces.

Water flossers, also known as oral irrigators, are another type of flossers. They feature a pump that is attached to a water reservoir. The pump directs jets of water into your interdental space to flush away debris and plaque. They are an ideal alternative if traditional string floss seems to be difficult to use. Water flossers are also a choice for individuals with dental appliances like braces.

Find out about more about flossing and flossers from our team. Contact us today!

How Often Should I Get a Teeth Cleaning?
You should visit our office to have your teeth cleaned every six months. A full professional dental cleaning appointment is important and should be done two times a year. When you present to our dentist for other appointments, a brief cleaning is also performed before you receive your procedure or examination. That being said, you need to keep abreast with two-time-a-year visits to ensure good health. Also, keep in mind that other dental offices can recommend something different, but most offices will recommend twice-annual dental cleanings because it is standard practice.

Schedule your teeth cleaning appointment with us today!

Dangers Your Mouth Is Likely To Face If You Only Drink Bottled Water
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There are different sources of water available for you - from tap water to filtered water to bottled water. There are assumptions that bottled water is better, however, it has come to light that this type of water may not be the best when it comes to oral health.

Because bottled water is normally distilled water, there may be low amounts of fluoride or none. If you consume only bottled water, you could lack the fluoride doses needed for healthier teeth. Most bottled water contain pH levels of almost zero, meaning that they are acidic. You may not realize this from just tasting the water, but the acidic water can harm your teeth because it slowly continues to erode the enamel. While the effects aren't immediate, if you drink this kind of water daily for a long time, the difference may be noticeable. You can begin to get cavities much easier and even start losing your teeth.

Learn more about safe drinking water for your oral health. Contact us today!

Dr. Woods and his highly trained team would love to hear from you and answer your questions. Simply click the "submit question" link below this message. Referrals are appreciated.

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