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By Karls Family Dentistry
December 03, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene   flossing  
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Though you don't like to admit it, you don't floss very often. Oh sure, you know it's important to remove the film of bacteria and food particles called plaque that builds up between and on your teeth. And you know you should do it every day.

It's just that, well… you're not very good at using dental floss.

While it's effective, dental floss takes some technique to hold it with your fingers and work it between your teeth. It can be hard for people to get the hang of it — and some aren't physically able or have obstacles like braces that make it harder.

There is a solution: an oral irrigator. Available for home use for decades, these devices deliver pulsating water at high pressure through a handheld device that looks like a power toothbrush. The water flows through a special tip to loosen and flush out plaque from between teeth.

You may have encountered oral irrigation during dental visits. They're a regular part of dental cleanings especially for treatment of periodontal (gum) disease. Because gum tissue weakened by disease may gradually separate from the teeth, large voids or gaps called periodontal pockets can form. These pockets can become further infected and accumulate plaque and calculus (hardened plaque deposits) that can also extend to the roots. Oral irrigation is a way to remove much of the plaque from these hard to reach places.

Oral irrigators have also proven effective for orthodontic patients whose brace hardware inhibits regular dental floss. A 2008 study, for example, found orthodontic patients were able to remove five times as much plaque with an oral irrigator as those who used only a manual toothbrush.

If you're simply looking for an effective alternative to dental floss, an oral irrigator is a good choice. We can help choose the right model for you and give you tips on using it. Your goal is the same as if you were using dental floss — remove the plaque between your teeth to keep disease at bay and your smile healthy.

If you would like more information on flossing options, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cleaning Between Your Teeth.”

By Karls Family Dentistry
October 03, 2016
Category: Oral Health

You might think that brushing your teeth is the morning after breakfast and before you go to bed at night are all of its needed to keep healthy smilecavities from forming. This is the viewpoint of a lot of patients seen at Karls Family Dentistry in Waunakee, Wisconsin. While brushing twice today is certainly a good habit to develop, dental hygiene requires a bit more effort to maintain the teeth and gums. Dr. Matthew Karls and Dr. Stanley Karls have provided more information that they encourage all their patients to use to maintain their oral health.

Brushing

Brushing your teeth is certainly the most well known and commonly followed oral hygiene practice. However, many people don't brush thoroughly enough, leaving food particles behind that develop into plaque. The optimal amount of time to brush at each session is two full minutes, which may seem a little daunting at first. You can also set a timer until you get into a routine. It's also important to choose the right toothbrush and toothpaste for your particular needs. Textures of toothbrush bristles vary from soft to stiff, and toothpastes can contain whitening agents, breath-freshening ingredients, or cleaning abrasives. Your Waunakee dentist will give you recommendations.

Flossing

This part of oral hygiene is often overlooked, but it's one of the most effective ways to prevent decay. Flossing removes debris from between the teeth that a toothbrush cannot reach. Fortunately, flossing once a day is a process that can be easily worked into your routine.

Checkups

Visiting your dentist twice a year for a checkup and cleaning might be toward the bottom of your priority list, especially with all the other obligations you have. It's important, however, to keep these appointments with your Waunakee dentist. A thorough cleaning from our hygienist will remove any tartar on your teeth, which brushing and flossing cannot do. This also allows them to monitor your teeth for any problems that may be developing before they become difficult to treat.

If you need some "brushing up" on your oral hygiene routine, schedule an appointment at Karls Family Dentistry today. We'd be happy to help you get on the right track to better oral health!