Easiest and Quickest Way to Floss with Orthodontic Braces

So I just had my regular tightening of my braces and in the appointment prior to this my dentist gave me a new type of flosser to try because I told her I’d be doing my best to floss and yet some areas of my gums were still really puffy.

I mean an hour a night before bed to use those dental threaders in order to clean in-between my teeth and I still wasn’t doing a good enough job.

So I substituted my regular routine of flossing using a threader with using a flosser.

The only reason I tried them was:

1. My dentist recommended it to me.

2. I found it that it literally saved me 30 mins or more a night as it’s really easy to use.

3. It’s called Platypus and I’m a big Phineas and Ferb fan!

What Makes This Flosser Different?

How is this flosser different than other flossers you may ask?

Well I wasn’t able to use the standard flossers as the plastic arms are too thick to fit in-between my brackets and underneath the braces wire. The Platypus flosser allowed be me to get in between the brackets as it has a flattened edge that allows it to easily reach in-between the brackets.

Now I must admit, I’ve never been a fan of the flossers as I didn’t think they could reach around the the tooth with the same ease as it had that plastic frame to hold the floss.

To my surprise, my dentist remarked how great of a job I had been doing taking care of my teeth during the appointment. I told her the only difference was that I now used the flossers instead of the standard floss.

Better Than A Toothpick Too!

The Platypus also has a toothpick like end on the opposite side of the flosser. At first I didn’t like it much as I’m used to the Gum Soft-Picks which were always great at getting out any remaining food or bits stuck between my teeth.

I still use it but I’ve found the Platypus one to be quite useful ever since the day I ate spinach and could not for the life of me remove it from my brackets. To anyone how likes their vegetables, the Platypus has a few small spike like points on the pick end of it that allows it to easily grab hard to remove food off your brackets which is a life saver.

So if you’re under going orthodontic braces treatment right now and hate to floss I definitely recommend trying the Platypus Orthodontic Flosser. In case you’re looking to try them, Amazon has the best deal I’ve found so far to purchase them.

Platypus Ortho Flosser for Braces.

Tongue Cleaning…

Tongue Cleaning with your tooth brush helps get rid of bad breath.

For those who gag when brushing or using the tongue cleaner, form a fist with your non-dominant hand and it’ll help stop the gagging feeling.

Bad Breath Tip

Back to School 2013: Dental Checklist for Parents and Children to Stay Healthy

Every once in a while I find great tips from the ODA.

I found this great checklist for parents to check off before their kids head back to school.

ODA offers caregivers a back-to-school dental checklist

Book a dental exam, stock up on toothbrushes and other tips from the Ontario Dental Association

TORONTO, Aug. 7, 2013 /CNW/ – Much to the chagrin of children everywhere, the new school year is just a month away. The Ontario Dental Association (ODA) suggests parents take advantage of these last few weeks of summer vacation to ensure their kids return to school with an A-plus in dental health.

“Now is the perfect time to get the whole family in for a dental examination before the school year begins and schedules fill up,” says ODA President Dr. Rick Caldwell. “Children go through growth spurts, including their mouths and jaws, so ask your dentist about appropriate toothbrush and brushing techniques.”

A dental exam can also uncover problems that might go undetected. “Your child may be feeling well, but tooth decay often doesn’t present symptoms in the early stages,” warns Dr. Caldwell.

It has been reported that tooth decay is one of the leading causes of absences from school. In its Report on the Findings of the Oral Health Component of the Canadian Health Measures Survey 2007-2009, Health Canada found that in the space of one year, 45.7 percent of children six– to 11-years-old reported time lost from normal or school activities due to oral health problems.

“The pain and discomfort of tooth decay can impact a child’s self-esteem, along with their ability to focus and learn,” says Dr. Caldwell. “The good news is that it can be preventable; parents can help their children by teaching them good oral health habits.”

To emphasize the importance of prevention, the ODA has a back-to-school checklist for parents.

  • Schedule regular dental exams with your dentist for the year.
  • When shopping for back-to-school clothes and supplies, be sure to include new toothbrushes on your list. A child’s toothbrush should be changed every three months or immediately after an illness.
  • Make sure your child brushes at least twice a day and flosses daily. To encourage healthy habits, let your child watch you brush and floss your teeth as often as possible. Children are wonderful imitators, and there’s nothing like a parent’s example to teach them healthy dental practices.
  • Prepare a healthy and nutritious shopping list for your child’s lunch, including fruits, vegetables and cheeses for snacks. Avoid soft, sticky sweets that get stuck in your child’s teeth or stay in the child’s mouth for a long time, such as raisins, caramels and lollipops.
  • Educate your kids on the importance of oral health. Visit the ODA’s Kids’ Zone at www.youroralhealth.ca, our interactive, digital playground that helps encourage proper oral health habits.

“Healthy habits learned at a young age are the building blocks to a lifetime of good oral and overall health,” says Dr. Caldwell. “Help your kids get an A+ in oral health!”

Get A Healthier Mouth With This Excellent Dental Care Advice


We all need to take good care of our teeth, but most of us don’t invest a lot of time in this pursuit. In reality, it really does not take much time at all to brush and floss. The following advice will help you get the most out of your dental care products. dental implants cost

Always use a soft-bristled toothbrush of the right size for your mouth for best results when brushing your teeth. Allow your toothbrush to air dry so as to avoid bacteria growth. Set it in a toothbrush holder or cup to keep it upright so air can circulate.

In order to clean your teeth in the best way, make sure you are using a soft-bristle toothbrush that is the perfect size for your mouth. Let your brush dry in the air to avoid bacteria growth. Air will circulate better over it when it’s stored upright…

View original post 491 more words

Which is better thumb sucking or a pacifier?

Just For Kids Dental

From reading the research, it appears one can conclude that if the parents have a choice between thumb sucking and pacifier use – choose the pacifier. According to the dentists at Just for Kids Dental, a pacifier is their choice as well.

Pros to Pacifier Use:

  • Protection against SIDS
  • Helps babies learn to self-soothe
  • It satisfies the suck reflex
  • Easier weaning

Cons to Pacifier Use:

  • May lead to as many as 40% more ear infections
  • Nipple confusion if given to a newborn too young
  • Parent may accidently give pacifier when baby is crying for nutrition
  • Delayed Speech
  • Misaligned Teeth

Pros to Thumbsucking:

  • It’s always available
  • Much easier to teach children to pacify themselves


View original post 98 more words

Is chewing gum healthy for teeth?

Just For Kids Dental

Reasons not to chew gum.  There are a couple of reasons gum may not be recommended. If you have braces, sealants, crowns or other restorations – gum may pull them off or dislodge them. Another reason gum may be unhealthy is if you suffer from TMJ. Those diagnosed with TMJ have disorder which can be inflamed due to repetitive chewing. In fact, if teeth are grinded during chewing gum, premature wear of the teeth can occur. If you experience headaches, jaw pain or tooth discomfort while chewing gum or just after – you could be suffering from a dental condition which may require treatment.

If the above list does not apply to you, here’s how to choose the right gum!

  • Choose sugar-free.  Always choose gum which is sugar-free. As we all are familiar, sugar is damaging to teeth.
  • Be sure it has Xylitol. Xylitol, derived from the fibrous…

View original post 282 more words

Should I brush before or after meals?

When to brush is often overlooked and can be as crucial as brushing.

If you brush to quickly after a meal, you can actually damage your teeth.

Kind of anti-productive, right?

Tip: Wait 30 minutes before brushing

Should I brush before or after meals?.

Best Floss Dental Floss in 2013: 1st Contender – Philips Sonicare Airfloss

Sonicare Airfloss - Review

Sonicare Airfloss – Very Easy to Use, But How Clean Does it Get Your Teeth? First up: Airfloss by Phillips Soniccare I was very very very very excited when my dad brought home Airfloss a few months ago. Finally! I … Continue reading