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Dental Floss, is it important???
October 15, 2006
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I was talking with someone about oral hygience and he said that Dental floss is very important ON DAILY BASIS b/c it removes food particles from our teath.

Honestly, I don't floss. All I do is brush my teeth every day 2X a day. When I happen to eat something, esp meat or leaves and notice there are food particles, I simply remove them with kleenex tissue, cotton swab.

Do you think Dental Floss is important or fundamental to our oral hygience on daily basis?

How many of you do it, the dental floss, every day? Or even remember doing it. I imagine if I purchase that thread, I might use it only at the beginning and then forget to do it - may be only when I eat meat or leaves.

I will check back tomorrow and thanks in advance! ~Ras

October 15, 2006
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Flossing may be more important than brushing.

It can not only prevent gum disease it can helpe prevent cavities that form between teeth--which suck.

October 15, 2006
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I think it is important, but there are rinses (ie plax and listerine) that kill a lot of germs especially if you get the right toothbrush. Just always make sure to do a little more than brushing especially rinsing with some form of germ killer.

October 15, 2006
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I agree with WD...that flossing is as important, if not more so then brushing.

I don't do it EVERY day...but generally a few times a week.

October 16, 2006
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Flossing is important, but brushing is VERY important as well. Like lollipop and Rasputin, I only floss a few times a week. But as a frequent coffee drinker I discovered some awful staining on my teeth recently. My dentist says it's from foods and drinks like coffee and colas. Must be coffee because I seldom drink soda. Darn. Another reason for me to conquer my coffee addiction!! She didn't seem concerned at all because it was only stains, but I'm unhappy. My dentist said that a lot might come off tomorrow during my appointment with the hygenist. If not, I have to see what she says. Anyone get stains from coffee?

-ella

October 16, 2006
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Hi ella,

I am both a coffee drinker and a smoker and my teeth get stained because of it.

First let me say that the stains can be removed during your regular cleaning. Having said that...for some reason that seems to be an issue with dentists...at least my last two anyway.

They don't seem to feel that staining is their problem and I always get some hesitation when I ask that they remove the stains. But I am pretty insistant about it and they do it. I've even gone so far as to say..."you missed a spot".

I mean really...if I'm paying $120 for 15 minutes of their time...they sure as hell can take the stains off my teeth.

A couple of tricks to help you to reduce staining are....brushing as soon as you drink your coffee or at the least rinsing your mouth with water, flossing and those Crest Whitening strips help as well.

Lolli

October 16, 2006
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I have to cast my vote for floss, I sometimes miss a day, and can really tell the difference. On occasions that I miss 2 days, I have to resort to a dental pick to knock off the tarter, nasty stuff will build up like brick mortar if you don't watch it.

Some of the whitening products on the shelves of the store, are so high priced, and their main ingredients are peroxide and baking soda, 2 of the cheapest products you can buy.

I also dip my brush in some baking soda while brushing, even if the paste I'm using has some in it already, I don't feel complete without it, I am a coffee drinker, and eeegadds, a smoker too.

October 16, 2006
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My mom has gum disease, so she preaches about flossing....something she never made us do as kids.

Honestly, I don't always remember to floss...but I started buying those little disposable flossers and it is a quick way to do it. I try to remember to do it every night while I watch the news, and I pass them out to my kids at the same time. They say they aren't as good as using floss from a spool, but for some reason I'm more likely to use them. I carry a few in my purse too.

So, yeah, I think it's important and I know any dentist would tell you the same thing!

Happy flossing!

October 16, 2006
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I think flossing very important. Ok here is a thought I had. You know what happens to meat and other foods if they are left out , they have salmanila piosoning, and other bacteria that continues to grow. We would not think of eating chicken if it were left out for a couple days right? Well it is the same thing, if you ate chicken and it was left in your teeth for a few days? Even a microscipic amount can make you sick. And also start to decay your teeth and cause various gum diseases. Mouth health can cause so many illnesses lots of people are not aware of. Some people get sick alot and dont realize why, and if they would only keep a healthy mouth they could feel so much better. 🙂 Have a good day....

October 16, 2006
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flossing is important, especially for the gums....i should do it more, i only floss about 2x per week, not everyday, i just think brushing is good enough, but everytime i go to the denist...they know...they tell me to floss more.

I guess a reminder would be, when i brush my teeth b4 bed, take that extra 1minute and floss too.
(easier said than done, but i'll give it a try)

October 16, 2006
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I am a flosser, I go to the dentist twice a year, and they can tell that I floss. I have only had 1 cavety in my life and I think it is because it was drilled into my head by my dentist to floss everyday.

Atalose

~~Hope has a place, but not above reality~~

October 16, 2006
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Ras,

Only if you want to keep your teeth.

Cary

October 16, 2006
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Thanks all for your reponses.

Now I realize that when my dentist asked me if I flossed and I innocently said no, he knew what he was taking about. Sadly, I did not take his advice seriously. But now, with this co-worker confirming to me and you all here as well...I have decided to start flossing my teeth religiously.

I wish I could purchase it right now. But I am just back from the office feeling tired and it's dark and chilly outside.

Readyforchange -

What kind of floss do you use? Do you have to be sitting in front of a mirror to do it? And where do you purchase it from? Your floss kit sounds easy to use and carry. Please tell me where to purchase it from. Here we have it sold in even Dollar stores as well as drugstores. Please tell me about yours, it sounds very handy and easy to use and carry in my purse. Even if I'm in the office, I can floss.

I am coffe-fan, peanut & gourmet person. I really must floss in the same way I brush my teeth 2x.

~Ras

October 16, 2006
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Ras...I use G*U*M brand flossers. They come in a green package, and they are sold at drug, discount and grocery stores in the toothpaste/toothbrush aisle with the other floss. They come in a resealable ziploc type bag, and I carry one small one in my purse, and keep a bigger one at home. I know that GLIDE type floss also sells these individual flossers too, but they are much more expensive. I have very tight contacts between teeth, and I can get these in and out pretty easily without the floss tearing. I try to have a glass of water with me while I floss, so I can "rinse" after I'm finished. Hope it works for you.

October 16, 2006
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Thanks honey, I will make it a point to purchase a floss 1st thing tom after the office and will even make it A MUST buy.

I will check out that brand. It really sounds very handy and practical.

~Ras

October 16, 2006
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Flossing is very very important. I have known of several people that have lost their teeth due to not flossing - and gum disease.

I floss four or five times a day (after each meal, in the morning, and right before bed) - and yes, I carry the stuff with me.

My work partner is worse about it than I am. Let me relay the story she told me - and why she is so fastideous about it.

She has a cousin who is a dental hygenist. They had a patient who had come in for his routine cleaning and exam, and he readily admited that he was not a flossing kind of guy. He had a tomato seed caught between his teeth - she got it out with her dental instrument... but, it has started to sprout!

After I heard that? Better believe - I invested in a dental mirror too!

Z

October 19, 2006
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Woooooooooooooooooohoooooooooooooooooooooo. I've just purchased my dental floss from the grocery store today. So, I will hopefully floss in front of the mirror b4 I turn in tonite.

I hope and pray it will be a daily habit to do even tho I don't look forward to doing it or even like it, but for the sake of my teeth, I will force myself to like it.

October 21, 2006
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Happy Flossing Res..Smiles

October 21, 2006
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Ok, I am 38 and just got braces 5 months ago. I was flossing everyday before that and I only lasted one week doing it with my braces. It literally took 15min each time I flossed. Pain in the butt!! Anybody have braces out there and doing this flossing? I can't wait to get them off and start flossing again. By the way, braces do hurt. Anybody thinking of getting them, you go through agony here and there. But the results are almost worth it. Without insurance they run approx 6,500.00, just to give you an idea.

October 21, 2006
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Good for you Dude. I have gaps in almost all the front teeth and that makes it easy to floss.

What about back teeth guys, how do you floss them? I really find it hard to reach back there.

October 21, 2006
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Well, it was hard at first to floss back teeth, but you start to figure out a system that works well. It took me about a week to get the back teeth down to a science. For me, I had to grab the floss and wrap it around my fingers and had a certain way of getting back there. Just keep doing it and it will be easier later.

October 21, 2006
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Look at it this way though folks...

Cost of Dental Floss - $2.00 per pkg

Cost of Dentures - $10,000 PLUS

Loss of your REAL teeth - PRICELESS

My Mom (God rest her soul) lost her real teeth at the age of 22 due to gum disease. She told me that if she had to do it all over again, she would do ANYTHING to keep her real teeth.

hbdude2k - I understand your pain (well, not really but, I did have a brother with braces and he said the same thing) - what I would suggest is invest in a Water Pick - that way you can get everything washed out.

Good luck to all flossers...

Z.

October 21, 2006
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It's really funny and dramatic how much $$$ we spend on almost every thing and take care of so many things we have such as our hair, skin, toiletry, skin treatment, make-up, perfumes, clothes, fur, boots, coats, wine, food, beverages, house, investments, stock market, banquest & parties, retirement... etc

But when it comes to our teeth....well they get a poor deal. Most of us brush them only 2x. I know many folks bring along their toothbrush and paste to work and brush them as well. Good for them.

I will make it a religious habit for me that in the same way I apply my nite cream and hand cream that I must floss my teeth right after I brush my them. In this way, there is no way I can forget.

Thanks (((folks))) for all the wisdom and insight. This board is really AWESOME, coz we can discuss all subjects not just codep themes!!!!

October 21, 2006
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I'm really surprised no one has mentioned Sonicare toothbrushes. They're expensive initially, around $100, but, man do they work better than plain old toothbrushes. You're getting 10 times the brushing each time you brush. I know I should, but flossing is a pain in the neck.

The best part is, after using the Sonicare brush for a few years, when we go to the dentist they tell us it is obvious. Plaque buildup is really minimal. No batteries. You set it overnight in the base maybe once every week or so. They also said the Brown (sp?) brand is not as good, although it is advertised prominently in their offices.

Using the strips and the "brighteners" might be eroding the enamel on your teeth. I don't know how safe they are over a long term of use. And those little $5-10 power toothbrushes are NOT the same.

October 21, 2006
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Brynnie,

Someone fairly recently told me about a Sonicare - they have one and absolutely love it.

I am more interested in knowing about them.

Can you tell be about how much they run? Is the luck you have had with it the standard result? How long do they last - or are you able to purchase new parts for them?

Just wondering.

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