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Are you using the right tools for your smile? Did you know you have options when it comes to choosing a dental floss to clean your teeth properly? Yes, it’s true! Flossing is an essential step to the path of positive oral health care. If you neglect to floss your teeth correctly, you can usher in cavities and gum disease that can cause painful and costly damage to your smile and oral health.

Our dentistss, Drs. David and Augustine Borgmeyer encourage you to floss each and every single day. In fact, that is why our team at Borgmeyer Dental in St. Louis, Missouri, is happy to share some basic information with you on various flossing tools you can have in your home to help you floss each day.

Here are some flossing tools for your home:

Water flossers:
Water flossers are a new and exciting tool to use to floss your teeth. It works by using a jet of water to floss your teeth. The water applies powerful but gentle pressure that reaches between your teeth and along your gums to remove the unwanted bacteria. Water flossers are fantastic for those who struggle with dental floss string between their fingers.

Unwaxed floss:
Unwaxed floss is the most traditional tool for dental floss most commonly used. It is the easy-to-use dental floss strong that can go between your teeth and along your gums. If you have excellent alignment in your teeth, this floss may be right for you.

Waxed floss:
Waxed floss is a comprehensive tool used to floss your teeth each day. Waxed floss is like the traditional floss, only waxed floss is waxy and slick, making it easy to slide between your teeth and deep along your gumline. Waxed floss is an exceptional option for those who have teeth wedged together, so your floss can slide in with ease.

Flossing picks, also known as professional flossers:
Flossing picks are fantastic to use and accessible too because you hold the handle on one end, while the floss string goes between your teeth on the other end. Since there is limited floss on each pick, it is easy to go through more flossing picks. These are a favorite option because they are easy to use with a pick on the end of the handle to help with food stuck between your teeth.

As you can see, you do have flossing options when it comes to your oral health. If you have questions about your teeth, or if you are in need of a dental cleaning or checkup, please call us today at 314-351-6554 to set up an appointment with a friendly member of our team. We look forward to helping you keep your smile fresh and clean.