Practically nonexistent. I can’t get the hang of it and can’t get the hang of using a water pik. It doesn’t help that I don’t have a counter in my bathroom to use a flosser so it’s not exactly a balanced experience.
@Salanth I’m VERY unhappy that they discontinued that woven floss. Before that they had it in mint, so I had to get used to cinnamon. All other types are too slippery. I need to hold it with my fingers to get the job done!
I went to the dentist last month for the first time in 5 years and the hygienist kept saying how bad it was going to be BEFORE looking in my mouth. Then she looks in and says “Wow, this is better than some that come in every 6 months!” No shit lady! I floss every night while watching TV and use an electric toothbrush. And no eating after flossing!
I use a waterpik, and I also use platypus flossers (for orthodontics. They slide under wires). Everyday. 2-3 times a day… And I use this exact same sonicare toothbrush. I have traditional metal braces, so I really have no choice but to keep on it like that.
I’ve just been using this kind of toothbrush. I get refill heads from A m a z o n and it takes 1 AA battery every so often, so I don’t have to take up a bunch of counter space with a charging cradle. The dentist said my teeth look good, so it must be working OK. They only cost $7 or so.
@Kyser_Soze I bought the exact same one over six years ago and clean between my teeth with it. My hygienist hasn’t done anything but check and polish my teeth since. Never thought to look online for refills, I always go back to Walgreens.
@callow I’m set on subscribe and save. They send refills automatically every 6 months. I don’t have to think about it. I bought mine back when they would sell them with the head cover, so if you travel you just snap it on. Why did they stop that?
My girlfriend is obsessive about using her waterpiks (she has them at home, work and my place) and flossing and brushing. She pretty much has to use a waterpik and brush after every meal, within minutes if possible.
I, on the other hand floss 2-3 times a month, occasionally more when something is annoying me, and brush about once a day, either before or after breakfast.
Were it not for genetics, it would be reasonable to conclude that brushing and flossing a lot causes one to spend a lot more time at the dentist and periodontist. Unless there is some conspiracy being promoted by the toothbrush and floss and waterpik makers…
Which. You’re in the shower anyway so it’s easier/less messy than a sink water pick. And I don’t recall it being $40. Seems a little much for a valve/tube/nozzle. But no batteries etc so. Idk.
Not sure how the dentist rates it. cause I’m a horribly lazy/antisocial person and never have any problems I never have gotten around to finding doctors/dentist since I moved and the last year didn’t seem ideal to go do that lol
I’m an over aggressive flosser, which is one of the 5 contributing factors to non-gum disease receding gums. I’ve also got the other 4 factors, and gum grafts SUCK. Last time I had my dry cleaner give me a referral to a women’s shelter, I looked so bad. So I don’t floss, because that’s one factor I can control.