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Old 08-29-2009, 12:42 AM   #41
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I use this dental floss called cleanpaste by Johnson and Johnson.

It's a braided floss. It gets your teeth a lot cleaner IMO than the regular floss.

My problem is I can't get it in bulk. I used to use about 5-6 feet of it at a time but I cut back to about 3-4 now. So I use a lot of it!

As far as bleeding goes other than one spot my gums never bleed when I floss. It might be the type of floss that I use or that I floss everyday.

My gums did bleed when I would floss as a little kid but I did not floss everyday then.

My teeth just do not feel clean if I do not floss everyday.


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Old 08-30-2009, 08:33 AM   #42
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I wonder if you could you use HSA funds for buying a waterpic ?

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Old 08-30-2009, 09:49 AM   #43
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I have used a Waterpik for decades. I floss, brush, and use the Waterpik immediately after a meal when I am home, which means I clean my teeth about 3 times a day.
I'm not an expert, but all that brushing and mechanical manipulation sounds like it could be tough on delicate gum tissue. I know that using anything but the softest toothbrush and a light touch can cause receding gums in some people, and that's with twice-a-day brushing.

There's no point in keeping those pearly whites cavity free if they fall out because the gums are worn down and the germies can thus get a foothold in the pockets. I think there's a balance to be struck, and that sometimes less can be more in this area.

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