Battle of the Interdental Cleaners–Dental Floss v. Water Flossers

Importance of Interdental Cleaners

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We refer to dental floss as an “interdental cleaner” because it removes debris from the spaces in between your teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach. It is extremely important to get rid of plaque and other substances the interdental region to protect your smile from hazards such as plaque and gum disease.

A Lot of People Don’t Like to Floss

Dental floss is an interdental cleaner which was invented by a dentist in New Orleans in 1815. Although dental floss is extremely effective when used correctly on a daily basis, many people find it difficult or unpleasant to use for the following reasons:

  • It can be painful
  • They don’t think flossing is important as long as they brush
  • It’s not easy to reach all the sections of your smile
  • It’s really hard to hold the floss
  • It’s tedious and time consuming
  • It can make your gums bleed

Even though dentists and dental hygienists often remind us how important flossing is, many people simply refuse to do it.  And when it comes to practicing effective daily oral care:

57 per cent of Canadians say their smile is important to them, yet shockingly only 4 per cent follow the dentist-recommended oral care regimen of brushing, flossing and rinsing.

Water Flossers–Gentle and Fun

Water flossers are a type of interdental cleaner that have been around since the introduction of the Waterpik in 1962. Waterpik has become a generic name for the product, which also goes by the names oral irrigators or dental water jets.  

Whatever you choose to call water flossers, they are a gentle and fun alternative for people who don’t like to floss. Both patients and researchers have discovered the many advantages of water flossers:

  • Gentle on your gums
  • Easy to use
  • Cleans out deep pockets in gums damaged by gum disease
  • Effective to use around braces, implants, and other dental work
  • Can easily reach all parts of your smile
  • Reduces the likelihood of contracting gum disease
  • Helps control levels of gum inflation

Water Flossers and Gum Disease

According to the CDA, “seven out of 10 Canadians will develop gum disease at some time in their lives.” This is a serious condition that threatens the health of your smile. If not treated effectively by your dentist, gum disease can eventually cause you to lose one or more teeth.  

Gum disease is an infection caused by the bacteria that feeds on the plaque and tartar that forms on your teeth. Water flossers help fight gum disease by removing the plaque between your teeth before it can harden and become tartar, the rough substance that your hygienist scrapes off your teeth during your regular cleanings.  

Many people who are suffering from gum disease find flossing to be extremely painful. But water flossers are not only less painful for people with gum disease, but they can also flush out deep pockets of infected gum tissue. Flossing won’t do this.

Visit Your Dentist in Lake Williams

Whether you ultimately choose to use dental floss or a water flosser, please brush, floss, and rinse your teeth with mouthwash every day.

Visiting Dr. Wassenaar for regular checkups at Williams Lake Smiles is another terrific thing you can do to protect your smile. So give us a call today to schedule your next appointment.

 

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Our team at Williams Lake Smiles is excited to have the opportunity to welcome you back soon! Dr. Wassenaar, Dr. Dahia and the whole Williams Lake Smiles team appreciate your continued support and understanding as we continue to move through this difficult time

We are gradually reopening in the safest way to ensure that we take all precautions to keep both our patients and our staff healthy.

At this time, we are focusing on addressing emergency needs for our patients. Full dental services, including hygiene care, will be introduced gradually with priority booking to the patients that were delayed treatment during our time of closure. We will be contacting our patients to reschedule these procedures in the coming weeks.

Our office has always utilized personal protective equipment (PPE) that has exceeded all the recommended guidelines. We consciously designed our office with well-spaced, separate treatment rooms that allow minimization of aerosol transfer throughout the office. We have also added a brand new HEPA air management system to allow continuous air filtration in all treatment rooms and common areas to remove germs from circulating air. This puts us in a good position moving forward. However, in consideration of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we have instituted additional guidelines and protocols to ensure your safety and that of our team.

Upon returning to Williams Lake Smiles you will notice our new enhanced precautions:

-When you are scheduling an appointment, our staff will ask you a set of health-related questions.

-You will be contacted 48-72 hours prior to your appointment via email and asked a set of pre-appointment instructions and health-related questions. It is required that you complete this questionnaire prior to your appointment. We will have to reschedule your appointment if we are unable to complete this step. Please also give our administrative staff all the necessary personal contact information to expedite our communications with you and your family.

-We have implemented new protocol for scheduling your appointments and managing your insurance and financial transactions virtually to allow for a contactless exit from your appointment.

-There will be new arrival procedures to guide you from your car directly to treatment rooms to eliminate contacting surfaces and other patients.

-You will be asked the above screening questions again on your arrival to your appointment.

-Your temperature will be taken on arrival. Again, we will have to reschedule your appointment if your temperature is elevated.

-You will be asked to put on the provided shoe covers and disinfect your hands upon arrival.

-All non-essential companions will be asked to remain outside of the clinic during the appointment. This includes friends, spouses, drivers, parents, and other children.

-We will maintain social distancing in the reception area for essential caregivers and parents of minors if they absolutely cannot wait in a vehicle or outside the clinic.

-We have removed magazines and other items that can harbor or transfer germs of any kind

-Glass barriers have been added in our reception area

-We have enhanced clinic disinfection procedures before and after all appointments.

-You will see new personal protection equipment like visors, gowns, and different masks for our doctors and team to provide barriers against the smallest of germs.

-We have protocols to reduce or eliminate airborne aerosols during all dental procedures.

-We have enhanced continuous disinfection procedures of equipment and office fixtures like computers, keyboards, telephones, tablets, chairs, doorknobs, and buttons that may be touched unconsciously.

-We will be disinfecting all outside mail and packages that enter the building.

-We will have longer appointment times for you to prepare and complete all appointment tasks and duties in the safest and most comprehensive manner.

-Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean fewer options will be available for scheduling your appointment.

We ask that, as we have so many patients to see, you treat your reserved dental appointment with the highest level of respect. Answer the screening questions honestly. Please arrive on time for your appointment. We may not be able to see you if you are late. If you miss your appointment it may be quite some time before we can get you back in.

We are committed to maintaining our high standard of dental health and safety under these new circumstances and appreciate your confidence in us.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we are taking to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.

We are all excited to get back to work. Thank you for being our patients. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbours, and friends.

Sincerely,

Dr. Rudy Wassenaar

Dr. Sophia Dahia

And the entire Williams Lake Smiles Team


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