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Today’s Dental Hygene and Flossing Options

Chicago dentist Alin Alkass urges all of his patients to pursue good dental hygiene, a key part of your overall health. Consistent brushing and proper flossing can prevent issues like cavities, bad breath and gingivitis. Regular dentist visits can lead to early detection of issues like impacted teeth, cavities and much more. Throughout his seven-year career, Dr. Alkass has seen and treated thousands of dental patients for a wide range of issues. His office is fully equipped with the some of the best equipment on the market and the latest dental technologies to provide  the ultimate customer experience.

As Dr. Alin Alkass can attest, many dental patients hesitantly admit to being less than vigilant when it comes to flossing. The truth is, brushing does not reach between the teeth where plaque is likely to flourish. Failing to floss can speed up tooth decay, setting you up for gingivitis and periodontal disease.

Once upon a time, flossing options were very limited. However, in today's world there's simply no excuse for not keeping your pearly whites properly flossed. There are a number of flossing options, tailored to all different preferences, lifestyles, habits and comfort levels.

Dr. Alkass recommends that everyone, no matter how busy, treat flossing like another essential grooming step, and take care to make the time for it. Just 60 seconds can make a big difference. Flossing machines and water flossers can shave off some time as well.

Those who experience discomfort or bleeding while flossing often give up, but they're actually the very people who most need to floss. Dr. Alkass cautions that bleeding and pain are not normal. They're signs of gingivitis—a precursor for periodontal disease. The good news is that regular brushing and flossing should reduce pain and bleeding within one to two weeks.

For those who lack dexterity or have trouble managing regular floss, there are individual flossers. For those with particular needs and preferences, there are whitening flosses, wax-free flosses, flosses with fluoride, extra-thin flosses and even flavored flosses. Find one that works for you, and you'll be much more likely to use it.

Flossing is an essential part of practicing good oral hygiene. There are tight spaces in your mouth, such as the space under your gum line or between your teeth, that cannot be reached with a toothbrush.


Dr. Alin Alkass Recommends these Tips:

- Floss one tooth at a time: Slowly pull the floss from the gum line to the tip of the tooth, making sure to pick up all of the plaque along the way.

- Create a routine: Daily flossing will help you avoid the buildup of bacteria that may cause bad breath.

- Pair regular brushing and flossing with regular visits to an experienced dentist to prevent tooth and gum decay.


Can Water Picks Replace Dental Floss?

Dr. Alin Alkass takes pride in staying abreast of the latest advancements in the dental field. One recent oral hygiene trend is the “water pick.” Water picks, or oral irrigators, are small devices that use a stream of water to remove food particles from hard to reach places. Although water picks are still relatively new, some early studies have indicated that they may help avoid problems like bleeding caused by using standard dental floss. While water picks are great tools for post-meal cleaning, they should NOT be used in place of your standard dental floss.