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How can I prevent my dental floss from getting stuck and breaking?

How can I prevent my dental floss from getting stuck and breaking?

Floss: Unwaxed tend to tear more. I prefer j&j waxed- mint. If your teeth are extremely tight try glide floss. "only floss the one's you want to keep" ! ...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


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Is all dental floss the same or are some better at removing the days food particles to prevent plaque/tartar build up?

Is all dental floss the same or are some better at removing the days food particles to prevent plaque/tartar build up?

Dental Floss: There are different types of dental floss - waxed, unwaxed, flat, thin,..There's also what you call floss threaders which are effective for patients with crown and bridge. There's also a kind of floss which is easier to use (with a sling handle) for the ones with arthritis. Flat unwaxed is effective for plaque and thin for really tight contacts.There's also flavored ones.Technique of use is impt.! ...Read more

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How can using dental floss every day prevent a heart attack?

How can using dental floss every day prevent a heart attack?

Floss: Studies have shown that certain bacteria found in the mouth , when getting into the bloodstream, can predispose susceptible patients to heart disease... Think of the Lever 2000 soap commercial where you have 2000 parts to clean, so brushing and flossing are part of those 2000 parts... ...Read more

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How do you get dental floss out if stuck between two of your teeth?

How do you get dental floss out if stuck between two of your teeth?

Gently.......: Gently raise up, when stuck, gently pull toward one of the two teeth, then gently downward. You should then be able to pull string out because there is a space at the base of the tooth near the gum and often no space where teeth meet at the biting edge. If doesn't do the trick, gently rinse and swish around with warm salt water, let it sit for a while & try again.Tug up a bit harder this time. ...Read more

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I'm interested to know what happens when you get dental floss stuck in your gums?

DEPENDS....: In many cases you can remove it by using another floss, knotted and pulled through, but in some cases (like when you have deeper pockets and thicker gums around your teeth) you can even cause the piece go in deeper inside. This may cause an inflammation and tenderness due to foreign body reaction. See your dentist to check it out. ...Read more

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Is it really important to floss? I am a vegetarian and never get food particles stuck between my teeth. Also, i live in a small town and our only supermarket doesn't even sell dental floss.

Is it really important to floss? I am a vegetarian and never get food particles stuck between my teeth. Also, i live in a small town and our only supermarket doesn't even sell dental floss.

Absolutely: Flossing is essential to removing food debris and plaque from between your teeth. That is true whether you are carnivorous or a vegetarian. Without flossing, you will probably develop cavities between your teeth over time. Perhaps you've just been lucky so far. You can ask your pharmacy to order floss (and help out the rest of your community) or order it online, or you can risk the consequences. ...Read more

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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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Is dental floss more effective than a toothpick?

Is dental floss more effective than a toothpick?

Yes: Dental floss is more effective than a toothpick since floss can clean the surfaces of two teeth where they are touching each other while the toothpick can only clean in between the teeth under the point of contact. ...Read more

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Dental Floss (Definition)

Is is a thread used to clean biofilm out the space between teeth. It is available in ...Read more