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By Drs Lawitts
April 28, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene   Flossing  

The most important part of dental health maintenance isn’t what your dentist does—it’s what you do every day when you brush and floss your teeth. And all you really need is a multi-tufted, soft bristle toothbrush, toothpaste, a roll of dental floss—plus a little effort from your hands and fingers.

Of course, manual power isn’t your only option—an electric or battery-powered toothbrush is a convenient and, for people with strength or dexterity issues, a necessary way to remove disease-causing plaque from tooth surfaces. You have a similar option with flossing—a water flosser.

Although water flossers (or oral irrigators) have been around since the early 1960s, they’ve become more efficient and less expensive in recent years. A water flosser delivers a pulsating stream of pressurized water between the teeth through a handheld device that resembles a power toothbrush, but with a special tip. The water action loosens plaque and then flushes it away.

While the convenience these devices provide over traditional flossing is a major selling point, they’re also quite beneficial for people with special challenges keeping plaque from accumulating between teeth. People wearing braces or other orthodontic devices, for example, may find it much more difficult to effectively maneuver thread floss around their hardware. Water flossing can be an effective alternative.

But is water flossing a good method for removing between-teeth plaque? If performed properly, yes. A 2008 study, for example, reviewed orthodontic patients who used water flossing compared to those only brushing. The study found that those using water flossing were able to remove five times as much plaque as the non-flossing group.

If you’re considering water flossing over traditional flossing thread, talk with your dental hygienist. He or she can give you advice on purchasing a water flosser, as well as how to use the device for optimum performance. It could be a great and more convenient way to keep plaque from between your teeth and harming your dental health.

If you would like more information on water flossing, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cleaning between Your Teeth: How Water Flossing can help.”

By Drs Lawitts
November 09, 2016
Category: Oral Health

Your Syracuse kids' dentists can help you help your child.

It's never too early to begin teaching your child good oral hygiene habits. Dr. Karen Lawitts, your Syracuse, NY kids' dentists, share a few tips that will make the daily hygiene routine more pleasant for you and your child.

Start the oral hygiene routine early

Starting an oral hygiene regimen early not only protects your child from tooth decay, but also makes brushing teeth a regular part of your child's schedule. Clean your baby's gums daily with a moist piece of gauze before any teeth appear. As soon as their first tooth erupts, brush it in the morning and evening. You'll only need a very small amount of toothpaste if your child only has a few teeth. In fact, you can probably begin brushing with a rice-sized dollop of non-fluoridated toothpaste. As more teeth appear, add a little more toothpaste to the brush, but don't use more than a pea-sized amount of paste.

Make brushing fun

Upping the fun quotient is always a good way to persuade your kids to take part in an activity that they'd rather skip. Drug and grocery stores sell plenty of kid-friendly brushes in bright colors, many of them adorned with popular cartoon characters. When children choose their brushes themselves, they may just be a little more likely to want to brush. Some power toothbrushes even play music while your child brushes, which can make the process more enjoyable. Don't have a musical brush? Turn on your child's favorite tunes instead.

Don't forget about flossing

Kids don't always enjoy flossing but it's an important part of a good oral hygiene routine. Young children often don't have the manual dexterity to handle flossing, which means you'll need to step in and do the job until they're old enough to master it.

Model good behavior

Most kids want to do the things they see their parents and older brothers and sisters do. Consider making toothbrushing a family event to encourage them to participate.

In addition to good oral hygiene habits, regular dental visits are very important during childhood. If it's time for your child's next dental visit, call Dr. Lawitts, your Syracuse, NY kids' dentists, at (315) 492-8138 to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Karen Lawitts

Dr. Karen Lawitts



Dr. Lawitts was born and raised in Syracuse, NY. She received her Bachelor of Science and D.D.S degree from Northwestern University in Chicago.  
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