Are you having some trouble with your daily flossing? If you answered, “Yes,” it is very important that you realize you aren’t alone. There are a lot of patients who come to us, letting us know that though they understand the importance of flossing, things just are not going so well. No need to feel worried or embarrassed. This is what we are here for! To provide comprehensive dental care, which includes answering questions and providing solutions.
Questions and Answers
Question: I’m having trouble flossing because it’s very hard to get the floss between some of my teeth. Is there anything I can do?
Answer: Of course. To ensure you can practice this essential part of daily dental care, we suggest you try floss that is “waxed” rather than “unwaxed.” It will slip between teeth with greater ease. If you still have trouble, tell us, so we can explore other avenues.
Question: I’m finding it difficult to keep up with my daily flossing because I cannot stand to do it. I don’t like the way it feels but I know it’s very important for my oral health. What should I do?
Answer: You do, of course, still need to floss for effective home dental care. We have a couple suggestions. You may wish to come in and ask us to demonstrate or offer tips for different floss types. An easy solution is to try a water flosser, which will provide the same benefit (only you will use water). Many patients prefer this sensation.
Question: I find it very challenging to get through my flossing experience because my hands and arms cramp and get quite tired. Is there an alternative solution that will still allow me to protect my oral health?
Answer: Again, a water flosser is a wonderful alternative to traditional floss. You will guide a wand that sprays a stream of water throughout your smile for easier handling.