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Is Oral Irrigation A Flossing Solution For You?

Closeup of Woman Flossing Teeth Roswell, GA

Optimal oral health demands two daily tasks: brushing and flossing. Both remove plaque, which is that thin film of bacteria and food particles that starts to accumulate just minutes after you eat. Brushing tackles the plaque from the broad surfaces of your teeth, but flossing is the only way to get in between those teeth. Flossing cleans nearly 35% of the tooth surface that your toothbrush simply cannot reach. It takes both brushing and flossing to prevent gum disease and decay – the two most common dental health problems facing today’s population.

When Traditional Flossing is Difficult

When it comes to brushing and flossing, flossing is undoubtedly the most difficult and yet practiced task. While there is no excuse for lack of effort or lack of time, it is understandable why some people find traditional flossing challenging. Traditional floss refers to the string floss (waxed or unwaxed) that is threaded between each pair of teeth. This type of manual flossing, however, requires some dexterity and coordination, as well as a certain level of physical capabilities. The mentally challenged, handicapped or elderly are people groups that may not be able to properly floss with string.

Other patients may not be able to use manual flossing techniques due to orthodontic appliances that stand in the way or get snagged on traditional floss. Still there are others that may have a particular aversion to the way a string of floss feels as it threads between their teeth.

Regardless of what makes you shy away from manual floss, you’ll be happy to know there is an excellent alternative. You’re not off the hook from your flossing duties, but there is an easier yet equally effective flossing method available called oral irrigation. Oral irrigation removes plaque from between teeth with pulsating water that is pressurized by either a handheld or countertop device and released through a special nozzle pointed towards your teeth. Oral irrigation devices are commonly referred to as water flossers, and they are proven effective for controlling plaque.

Do you think a home water flosser could be a better flossing alternative for you or someone you care for? We’d love to discuss it in further detail with you. Some patients simply need more training in string flossing, and others want to determine which type of water flosser may be best for their needs. At Mitzi Morris DMD, we love helping patients with their dental hygiene routine at home, as it is one of the most powerful ways to protect your smile!

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Mitzi D. Morris, DMD, PC

4.8/ 5.0

Based on 44 reviews

  • Dr. Morris is an excellent dentist. Her ability to relate to her patients makes her a stand-out amongst those in her profession. She practices dentistry with superior technique and care. Her staff is friendly, helpful, and accommodating. I feel she hires only the best! One special mention: I suffer from panic attacks at times- along with claustrophobia. Dr. Morris is the first dentist I have ever had who helped calm my fears. Thus, my experience exceeded expectations! Great service!

    Cathy Q
  • Going to a new dentist can be stressful, but this experience was the BEST I have ever had. Dr. Morris and Dr. Fields are a cut above the rest, and they offer state of the art technology, and an environment that takes the sting out of going to the dentist for sure. Conveniently located in Roswell, the staff is caring, patient-focused, and efficient. I've never smiled so much at a dentist's office! I highly recommend friends and family making their next visit to this dentist. Pain free!!!!

    Lesley G
  • Definitely would recommend Dr. Morris to anyone. She has been my dentist for over 8 years! Dr. Morris is extremely personable and is serious about the completing the best care possible. Great established dental team! Very accommodating to your schedule.

    Kelly T
  • Great and very educational experience. Compared to my last two dentists this experience blows them both out of the water. The staff is very friendly, and very helpful. I had to go in for a total of four visits a few weeks apart from each other. They made me feel very comfortable the entire time and kept making sure I was pleased. Getting a deep cleaning went very smoothly. It was also brought to my attention that the way I was flossing was incorrect. And have since changed methods. I worked specifically with Dr. Morris. She was very nice, and took the time to explain things. Which is a huge plus for me. Dr. Morris and the staff members worked effortlessly together. I was comfortable enough to sit back and relax, strangely enough, while having cavities drilled and fillings put in. Billing and scheduling appointments, as well as follow up for confirmation of upcoming appointments was very easy. I will say my favorite part of the experience was how friendly of an environment the staff has created. That alone is deserving of a 5 star review, and the rest is honestly icing on the cake. I highly recommend this practice on all fronts and will continue using them!

    Eric F
  • I transferred from a long-term and very good relationship with my former dentist because of a move, and I was a little apprehensive about a new dentist. Dr. Morris has been great. She is friendly, patient-concerned and the office is new, comfortable and clean. Everyone seems to enjoy working there. I feel like I'm in good hands!

    Christopher P
  • Dr. Morris and her staff are very professional. Additionally, she as well as her staff have an excellent "bedside manner." The office is new and well equipped. If one has an appointment and an earlier one opens up, Dr. Morris offers it to her patients as she did with my last appointment.

    David G
  • I have never met a staff so nice and charming. This staff will make you feel comfortable and relaxed in Dr. Morris's Spa like office and everyone is professional and approachable too. Andrea R. explained the process of my appointment and procedures and is definitely a highly-educated and thorough dental hygenist -- SHE IS A ROCKSTAR. I'm so glad that Dr. Morris and her dental team have been my "go-to" for the last 5 years, and I wont be going anywhere else! Overall - A++ Dr. Morris...highly recommended to my family and friends!!!

    Adam O
  • I've been a patient of Dr. Mitzi Morris for many years, and recommend her without reservation. The office is modern. clean and spacious. The staff has always been welcoming and very helpful. And the women who work for her as dental technicians are fantastic; they do a professional and effective deep cleaning, but with a careful, gentle touch. It is clear to me that Dr. Morris reads her professional journals and upgrades her practice to stay very current with the latest best practices in dentistry. (I have had some dentists who stopped updating their practices after leaving dental school!) With Dr. Morris you can count on receiving the very latest dental technology. Her prices are very fair, and I have never been surprised by an unexpected cost or had problems with insurance not covering services rendered.

    Bruce C

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