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Flossing for the Aging Adult Fort Mill, SC
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As we age, it is common to lose eyesight, strength and dexterity. This can make everyday activities, like flossing, very difficult. In fact, the precise coordination it takes to weave a tiny piece of thread through each tooth can be a real chore for the aging adult. To avoid giving up the task altogether, it is important to understand what flossing options are available.

The Importance of Flossing

When it comes to dental care, flossing is a non-negotiable step. Flossing cleans up to 35% of your tooth surface that your toothbrush cannot reach. Flossing can dislodge food particles that get stuck between teeth as well as along the gum line. This important oral hygiene task is one of the biggest weapons against gum disease. Since gum disease can threaten your teeth and your body, it is imperative that we do all we can to fight back. Senior adults are already susceptible to oral health problems due to dry mouth, receding gums and other age-specific conditions.

Flossing Solutions for Seniors

Traditional dental floss can be cumbersome for any person, but it becomes an extra hassle for aging adults who have lost dexterity, vision and fine motor skills. Fortunately, there are alternative options in flossing. Many seniors opt for one of the following solutions:

  • Floss Holder: These are inexpensive tools that eliminate the need to handle the flossing thread directly. A floss holder is a Y-shaped plastic tool that holds a piece of tightly strung floss so that you can easily get in between each tooth. Floss holders are often disposable and can be purchased in large packs.
  • Water Flosser: If you want to minimize effort and maximize effectiveness, water flossers are the way to go. This popular powered device uses streams of high-pressured water to blast away food particles and plaque from in between your teeth. Water flossers are super easy to use and require very little coordination. As an added bonus, water flossers can massage the gums to promote a healthy framework for your smile.

Has brushing and flossing become a challenge as you’ve gotten older? Don’t give up. Let our experts at Gold Hill Dentistry recommend dental care products that can get the job done without creating extra frustration and hassle. For more tips on dental care for seniors, call our Fort Mill office today.

Posted on behalf of Gold Hill Dentistry

2848 Pleasant Road, #104
Fort Mill, SC 29708

Phone: (803) 547-4466

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Gold Hill Dentistry

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Based on 97 reviews

Marsha Rose

The staff at Gold Hill Dentistry is wonderful. They are polite, professional and helpful I have a history of working as both a dental assistant and hygienist in another state. I’m extremely particular when it comes to my dental care. My daughter recommended Gold Hill. I am very pleased with my dental care. I highly recommend the practice.

Don Rowley

The entire staff at Gold Hill Family Dentistry are professional, friendly, and very good at what they do. I’ve made numerous recommendations to family and friends. Very happy with the dental work they do. Scheduling, insurance processing, and follow up are always first class. Dr Kavi is the man.

Angelique Autumn McGowan

I highly recommend this dental practice. The staff are gracious, helpful, courteous and accommodating. Dr. Sagunarthy is a wonderful dentist. This is from someone who has always suffered with dental and gum issues. He is current on dental information, kind, gentle and professional! I am so happy to have found this practice!

Richard DeCristo

Dr. Sagunarthy is one of if not the best dentist I ever went to. He recently replaced a crown that was botched by another dentist and the procedure was done perfectly and painlessly. I first went to Gold Hill Dentistry for a second opinion on four crowns and maybe a root canal I needed asap from another dentist in Fort Mill. As it turned out I needed the crown replacement and only one other at a later date. That’s about $6000.00 I saved leaving this OTHER FORT MILL DENTIST. In addition to this wonderful dentist, the total staff is outstanding.

Chrissy Jaselskis

Awesome dentist. Everyone was nice and professional. Very thorough job cleaning my teeth. Lots of great conversations. Staff made an uncomfortable place for me very comfortable. Thank you.

Thomas Dorsett

Very professional and caring staff. Highly recommend the service, they take personal care with all patience. I have experienced some of the best Hygienist.

Bill Strickland

Great staff. Very knowledgeable and friendly. Would heartily recommend as they have been taking care of my family for years.

Midge Zimmerman

I have dental anxiety. I dreaded locating a dentist after recently moving to the area. I had gone to another dentist in the area but quickly changed to Gold Hill Denistry. Dr. Sagarnathy and staff are always kind, gentle and concerned with my well being. They also do a really good dental work. Other than routine work, I have had an implant, and chipped tooth repaired, all are doing well.

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2848 Pleasant Road, #104
Fort Mill, SC 29708

Phone: (803) 547-4466