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Your dentist has always reminded you to floss once a day along with brushing (2x per day) in order to maintain healthy teeth and gums. It is necessary to remove the plaque between the teeth so that it doesn’t build up and become gingivitis. Sadly, only four of 10 Americans floss at least once a day, and 20 percent never floss at all. This horrible statistic needs to change.

To encourage flossing, we are suggesting some alternatives to the traditional method. Normally, your floss comes in a little white container with green, waxy, string that your wind around and around your fingers and force into the nooks and crannies of your mouth and teeth. At best, it’s an awkward process, and for many people, it is difficult—especially for the aged, and those with dental appliances.

Try a Floss Pick

Floss picks come in easy-to-use, disposable, pre-strung y-shapes. They are easier to manipulate in the mouth because you don’t need to eat your hand to maneuver them around.

Water Picks are Even Easier

It’s actually kind of fun to shoot a stream of water into your mouth. Imagine that! The countertop-sized machine comes with a water tank and narrow hose with several nib tips that adjust the water stream and pressure. It cleans the gums and teeth with pressurized water, forcing food particles and plaque out of the nooks and crannies of your mouth.

If you would like to talk to someone about ways to improve your oral health, call Dr. Jason Nicoletti and our helpful team at Nicoletti Dental Group. Phone: 845.452.8410, or come by our office in Poughkeepsie, New York.