Lora Cook RDH
“Help! I just got my braces on and it takes me 20 minutes to floss my teeth.”
I have heard this statement before from some of my patients. Well I am here to tell you that your dental hygienist is here to the rescue.
I am sure that the orthodontist carefully demonstrated how to use floss threaders to thread the floss under the wire.
Well I am here let you know about another alternative to threaders. This orthodontic flossing device was invented my a hygienist trying to help her patients with the time consuming and frustrating chore of flossing under braces. It is called the platypus.
The Platypus orthodontic flosser was co-invented by pediatric dental hygienist Laura Morgan and hygiene product developer Fred Van de Perre.
This device fits easily under arch wire and between brackets. Flossing daily will help gum tissue stay health and help to prevent tooth decay. Best of all it will only take you 2 minutes instead of 20!
How to use the Platypus orthodontic flosser.
*Insert spatula end of the flosser under your wire and press lightly against the teeth.
*Press spatula against your teeth to remove floss slack. Slide floss up between your teeth.
*In difficult to reach area, it is key to maintain pressure against your teeth while flossing.
*The bracket brush cleans around your brace brackets.
Where do I get these?
Amazon or drugstore.com sells them.
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