Brushing and Flossing Hard To Do?  Consider Your Power Options

Brushing and Flossing Hard To Do? Consider Your Power Options

Feb 16, 2019

Brushing and flossing are fundamental to effective oral health and both should be daily habits. These techniques remove most of the harmful bacteria from the teeth and gums.

Dr. Thu Nguyen and the oral healthcare professionals at Almeda Dental, located near you on Almeda Genoa Road in Houston, Texas, want to educate their patients, current and new, on the “power” alternatives to manually brushing and flossing.

The Power Option for Brushing

It does not take much effort to brush. But, there are options or those with physical impairments, or those with certain mouth conditions, that require a little more “power” to adequately access and clean the teeth.

The technology behind the electric toothbrushes of today improve the quality of the performance, and the affordability, than in decades past. Electric toothbrushes are available in various sizes, either rechargeable or battery-operated, with each claiming its cleaning abilities.

There have been recent studies to prove that electric toothbrushes with rotation-oscillation action are modestly more effective in removing plaque when compared to manual brushing.

The Power Option for Flossing

Unlike manual brushing, it does take a certain amount of dexterity to floss in the traditional way. Flossing with a string is difficult, and almost impossible, for those with metal braces or other access issues to the teeth.

An oral agitator (or a water flosser) is the viable option. Water flossers work by pulsating water through special tips at the end of a hand-held or a counter-top devise. The water, under pressure, can penetrate between the teeth and below the gumline to effectively flush away plaque.

A recent orthodontic study showed that as much as 5x the amount of plaque was removed with the use of a water flosser than with manual brushing alone.

If you would like a consultation regarding the “power” alternatives to brushing and flossing, then please contact the oral healthcare professionals at Almeda Dental, located in the 77075 area code of Houston, Texas, where new patients are always welcome.

Almeda Dental is trusted and highly recommended in the techniques of general dentistry, as well as the treatments and procedures in the cosmetic dental field.