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Dr. Herman discusses Dental Care

Question: I feel bad that I told my dental hygienist that I floss every day, but I hate flossing and only do it 2 or 3 times a week. Is there anything more high-tech than using a string to clean in between my teeth?

Answer: Yes, and you have probably heard about it. It is called a Waterpik® or water flosser. A recent poll conducted on the behalf of the American Academy of Periodontology found that 25% of patients surveyed greatly exaggerated to their dentist on how often they flossed. : My dental hygienists routinely recommends a water flosser because we believe it works almost as well as floss, and is more likely to be used by our patients. This product is available at my office and may large retailers. Visit www.herman4braces.com for more information.