Flossing with Braces

Let’s talk about flossing –YES – the dreaded subject. Why is it that even just the word “flossing” brings forth a feeling of automatic fatigue? Perhaps because it is in fact a time consuming practice. However, we believe that if we can fully understand the value and benefit in it, you will see to it that you make it a daily practice. We will also introduce you to the Platypus orthodontic flosser and we are convinced you will become an avid flosser with this wonderful tool!

Now, first things first, did you know that our gums hold plaque like a pocket can hold stuff? When we leave plaque in our gums we are essentially leaving our “gum pockets” full, which eventually causes them to detach from the teeth. Picture a fence post that is held in place by dirt or cement. If the substance that is anchoring the post begins to recede, then eventually that post will become mobile and eventually come out. Make sense?

The devastating result with teeth is that once our gum and bone tissue have been dissolved away from the teeth, there is no re-attachment – it is simply gone.  When the gums start to melt away, this causes painful sensitivity  and in severe cases, loss of teeth. This is why flossing is imperative. We must make sure to empty out our gum pockets everyday just like we empty out the trash. There is only so much that can be held before a “breakdown” begins.  Not to mention the red, bubbling, bleeding when you brush, and bad odor when you speak.

With braces, flossing is even harder to do because the floss hits the wires. But a special took is available for people with braces. It is called the Platypus orthodontic flossing tool. This nifty little tool makes flossing both easier and less time consuming! Check out http://www.platypusco.com/

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