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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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2848 Pleasant Road, #104
Fort Mill, SC 29708

Phone: (803) 547-4466