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.

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!”

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…

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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?.

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