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.

Why I Heart Teeth

Message to the Tooth Fairy

Message to the Tooth Fairy (Photo credit: stromnessdundee)

Hellooooo world, my name’s Vanessa!

So this is essentially my standard Hello world introduction to the blogging world and my raison-d’etre for my creation.

Essentially, I grew up loving the stories my parents would tell me and my sisters right before bedtime.

You know, those stories that made you stay up at night because you were so excited you were getting a visit from Santa Claus or the Sandman.

Well my favorite was always the Tooth Fairy. At first I think it’s because she I always wanted to catch her in action. I mean the money was cool but the fact that she could sneak underneath my pillow without me knowing was SO much cooler.

Tooth Fairy (film)

Tooth Fairy (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

That’s why I always wanted to make sure my teeth were nice, clean and cavity free, so she’d come by, want to take them I could catch her in the act. True story, even had a camera beside my bed to snap a photo to show all my friends.

Well my devotion to keeping my teeth pretty for the tooth fairy translated from my childhood and followed me to the present day.

Always flossing, always brushing and finishing it all off with a nice refreshing rinse of mouthwash.

Up until a year ago, I always thought that my teeth were quite healthy. After all I was quite consistent with my oral hygiene. The occasional cavity but never anything to serious. Or at least that’s what I thought.

It wasn’t until after I moved and had to find a new dentist that I discovered there were areas in my mouth that weren’t being cleaned properly and I was grinding my teeth at night time putting them in jeopardy.

I thought it was going to be an expensive fix with the dentist but she said if I just brushed certain areas better my gums would heal themselves. To fix the grinding she helped fit me with a night time mouth guard to keep from wearing down my teeth and while I decided if I wanted the braces she recommended.

Yep, me in university with braces. Definitely a decision I wasn’t ready to make yet.

The goal of this blog? To help others who have had bleeding gums or problems with cavities prevent expensive dental appointments and even better, improve the health of their teeth and gums with the simple but amazing tips, secrets and a few minutes of flossing a night.