We’d be the first to admit that we are not particularly happy whenever our calendar notifies us a trip to the dentist is coming up. It likely means mouth pain, discomfort, and another free toothbrush that we’ll never use. When we don’t take care of our teeth, these visits increase in both frequency and duration. The trick, therefore, to avoid seeing your dentist more often than you’d like is proper teeth and oral care.
Floss like There’s No Tomorrow, at Least Once a Day!
As it turns out, and maybe it is not a surprise for most of us, Americans do not have a great record when it comes to flossing. While we’re generally pretty good at brushing at least twice a day, with nearly seven out of ten saying they do so, only forty percent of us floss on a daily basis. Twenty percent never floss at all! Flossing is the process of using dental string (floss) and/or a dental pick to dislodge and remove food debris and material that gets stuck between your teeth. Even for those of us who do this already, it may come as a surprise that there is an official five-step process we should be following when it comes to flossing!
Why Should I Bother with Flossing?
Despite some controversial research that’s come out in the last couple years, most dentists and dental associations continue to argue that flossing is an essential part of maintaining oral health. The benefit is pretty substantial for taking just a few extra minutes before going to bed to floss: it helps remove stubborn and hard to reach plaque. Simply, plaque is a buildup of food particles on and between your teeth, the latter being a challenge to dislodge for even the most advanced and bristly toothbrushes. When it rests for just over a day, plaque develops significant bacteria and hardens into tarter, which normally can’t be removed without the help of your dentist. Flossing helps you reach food that’s come to rest on the one third of each tooth that’s inaccessible by traditional brushing.
Going a bit deeper, the reason we should all fear plaque like the boogeyman of old fairytales is that it’s the cause of many oral health issues. The first are cavities, which are the result of tooth enamel decay, the outer layer of your pearly whites. When these holes appear, they can cause significant pain in your mouth until you visit a dentist and pay for that expensive filling. While many oral health professionals will point to sugar as a primary culprit of cavities, failing to regularly floss, especially in young children or adults over 50, is equally to blame. Flossing can also prevent gum disease, an infection that’s one of America’s primary causes of adults tooth lose.
Consider Using an Oral Irrigator
The dentist has been using one of these on your teeth each time you go visit. Oral irrigators were introduced as an alternative method of removing debris, plaque, and bacteria from between your teeth, helping those who have trouble reaching the back of their mouths with traditional dental floss. The first of these models came to market in 1962, much to the chagrin of dentists who firmly believed that without their professional touch, it was impossible for the average Joe to use an oral irrigator effectively. Like the technology you find at the dentist’s office, the irrigator uses a strong, steady pulsation or stream of water to pressure wash your teeth, leaving them free of harmful bacteria at the end of a long day of eating and drinking. All this from the comfort of your own bathroom.
What are the Benefits of an Oral Irrigator?
Despite a name that feels like it would be comfortable as a character in an Alien movie, using an oral irrigator actually has several advantages over more traditional methods, like dental floss:
- Reusable – unlike your dental floss, which is single use, an oral irrigator can be deployed over and over and over. Eventually you’ll need to replace the device’s head, because all good things must come to an end, but you’ll get a significant number of teeth cleanings before that needs to happen.
- Better reach – the oral irrigator was created because of the incessant struggle of trying to reach the very back of your mouth with a string that keeps slipping from your fingers. With its angled nozzle and ranged spray, you can use an irrigator to clean all your teeth without any issue.
- It’s fast – depending on how frustrating your floss has decided to be that day, the whole process can take a few minutes. Using an oral irrigator, on the other hand, requires only 60 seconds for a clean that is on par, or better, than traditional flossing.
- It’s super effective – After two to four weeks, using an irrigator has the potential to significantly reduce tartar and calculus (the hard stuff) buildup on your teeth. In addition, using it with a toothbrush can remove up to 99% more plaque than brushing alone!
VAVA Loves Clean Teeth!
Make your next investment towards healthier teeth and gums with the VAVA Cordless Oral Irrigator! With three cleaning modes, our irrigator is perfect for all levels of comfort and gum health, so no need to worry about pain when getting those perfectly white teeth. It comes with a travel case and is completely waterproof, meaning you can use the irrigator anywhere, from that camping trip you’ve been planning, in the shower, or during an upcoming adventure abroad. We also send you three different heads, so that you can share the irrigator with family or friends. With VAVA at your side, you can be proud (and maybe a bit excited) to go to your next dentist appointment!
What’s your routine for brushing and flossing? Be sure to let us know in the comments below.