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Waterpik vs dental floss? Which is better?

Waterpik vs dental floss? Which is better?

Easy...dental floss!: A waterpik and/or airflosser are great products, however they are not a replacement for good flossing habits--they are a replacement for not flossing. This is not the same thing. These tools can be incorporated in your regular dental home care to stimulate gum tissue and help clean around braces or under dental bridges but it is still not better than floss. Sorry to be the bearer of this news. ...Read more

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Flossing (Definition)

Flossing is an essential part of the tooth-cleaning process because it removes plaque from between teeth and at the gumline, where gingivitis and ...Read more


Dr. Meng Syn Dr. Syn
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Is a water flosser better than regular flossing?

Dr. Meng Syn Dr. Syn
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Is a water flosser better than regular flossing?

No: The sticky plaque that flossing removes is tenacious and involves physical removal. Floss is the most effective way to scrape the plaque off your teeth in tight spaces. A water pick or flosser can help remove larger food particles from your teeth and might help reduce bleeding and gum disease but it isn't considered a substitute for brushing and flossing. ...Read more

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Along with brushing, flossing, and mouthwash what else prevents caries?

Along with brushing, flossing, and mouthwash what else prevents caries?

Diet: Diet, the bacteria that causes caries live off of carbohydrates and especially sugars. Metabolism of these sugars causes the bacteria to produce an acid that weakens the enamel. Acidic drinks can also cause this. Anything that helps eliminate that acid from sitting on your teeth helps, such as swishing with water, or chewing gum which increases saliva. Saccharin (in gum) has also shown to help. ...Read more

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Is dental floss more effective than an interdental brush?

Is dental floss more effective than an interdental brush?

Different tools: An interdental brush will clean the space between the teeth that is near the gumline, where the teeth do not touch. Floss cleans the contact point where two adjacent teeth touch, a spot where the brush does not fit. ...Read more

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Will a dental cleaning along with brushing, flossing, and mouth wash cure my gingivitis?

Will a dental cleaning along with brushing, flossing, and mouth wash cure my gingivitis?

Gingivitis: Gingivitis is an acute condition and can be reversed And eliminated by a hygiene visit with a qualified dental hygienist. Following that proper home care can prevent the condition from returning. if left untreated it can evolve into a more serious and chronic periodontal condition. ...Read more

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Can a waterpik replace flossing?

Can a waterpik replace flossing?

No: The answer is no. Flossing properly with dental floss is the hands down best way to clean between teeth and prevent interproximal cavities and gums disease. All other methods may help to some degree but are not as effective. Having said that, and I hesitate to even say it, but doing something is better than nothing. However, I believe we should always strive to do our best in everything. ...Read more

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Will salt water and peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) heal a gum infection?

Dr. John Kong Dr. Kong
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Will salt water and peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) heal a gum infection?

No: Most gum infections are sub-gingival (underneath the gums) and salt water/peridex cannot reach the bugs sub-gingivally. ...Read more

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Oral hygiene - which is most important: brushing teeth, flossing, or brushing the tongue?

All: Brushing removes plaque from your teeth to prevent cavities and gum disease. Flossing aids in removing plaque between your teeth preventing gum disease. Brushing your tongue improves home care by removing sulfer producing bacteria implicating in causing bad breath. ...Read more

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Is PerioShield mouth rinse a good defense against periodontitis? I keep having gum recession despite good home care with a WaterPik and dental floss.

Is PerioShield mouth rinse a good defense against periodontitis?  I keep having gum recession despite good home care with a WaterPik and dental floss.

Visit Periodontist: because gum recession is a progressive condition. If the recession persists, a procedure known as a "gum graft surgery" may be performed by a periodontist. PerioShield breaks down plaque, but cannot stop gum recession. ...Read more

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Which is better, floss before brush or brush before floss?

Which is better, floss before brush or brush before floss?

Floss first: The floss will disrupt the plaque between your teeth, allowing it to be more easily brushed away. ...Read more

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Does fluoride dental floss really have fluoride and better than regular dental floss?

Does fluoride dental floss really have fluoride and better than regular dental floss?

Dental floss: Fluoride dental floss may be a better option than regular dental floss because Fluoride is able to be applied directly in between those hard to reach places. There is not enough information to determine if it gives your mouth a significant benefit over just flossing with flioride free floss. Flossing period is the real issue. Floss at least twice daily. ...Read more

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Is brushing teeth with soda ok?

Is brushing teeth with soda ok?

Baking Soda?: The baking soda works as an abrasive, much like coarse sandpaper vs fine grit sand paper. I discourage the use of baking soda... Even in toothpaste as i feel it is too abrasive for teeth. ...Read more

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Will brushing everyday and using good mouthwash prevent tooth decay?

Will brushing everyday and using good mouthwash prevent  tooth decay?

Yes: Brushing and mouth wash will prevent tooth decay. But proper brushing and flossing are very important after each meal and at bedtime. Furthermore, having a dental cleaning every 6 months will also be beneficial. ...Read more

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Which is better for cleaning-- waterpik or flossing?

Which is better for cleaning-- waterpik or flossing?

Flossing: While waterpiks are good and do a decent job, nothing is better than flossing when it comes to cleaning between the teeth. That physical contact disrupts all the bacteria and stops them from building up. ...Read more

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Should one brush, floss, then use mouth wash. Or floss, brush then use mouth wash??

Oral hygiene: You should brush and floss properly and for a total of two minutes after eating. Mouth rinses for most patients are unnecessary (unless your own dentist recommends one for a specific purpose). The order is not important. The technique and diligence is. It's often best to actually demonstrate your technique to your dentist or dental hygienist. Many people think they are doing it properly but aren't ...Read more

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Is using salt good for brushing teeth when i'm bleaching with baking soda?

Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
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Is using salt good for brushing teeth when i'm bleaching with baking soda?

Not Recommended: You may be doing more harm than good when it comes to brushing your teeth with salt and baking soda. OTC safe whitening products (e.g. whitening toothpastes or gel) available today for home use at any pharmacy. ...Read more

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How many days you do Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) mouthwash after simple dental implant on 2 upper molar teeth. Would warm salty water wash be better.

How many days  you do Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) mouthwash after simple  dental implant on 2 upper molar teeth.  
Would warm salty water wash be better.

7-10: I like to state "7-10days please"....mostly because patients will only do 3-4days which is fine and I like warm salt rinses too if the patient does not like the peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate). ...Read more

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Is waxed floss preferable to Oral B's super floss?

Is waxed floss preferable to Oral B's super floss?

Glide easiest to use: What ever your preference, just make sure that you are using the dental floss correctly and at least two times daily. The easiest dental floss to use is Glide. ...Read more

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