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My Flossing Solution

I’ve had Cerebral Palsy for my entire life. One would think that by now there wouldn’t be any surprises left; however, every once and a while, I come across a new problem that needs a solution. Last week, I was at the dentist and received the news that I have a cavity. I brush twice a day with an electric toothbrush, and have not had a cavity in years. This one creeped in at the side of my tooth and is a direct result of not flossing. It is no secret that nobody likes to floss, but when you have the fine motor issues that come with Cerebral Palsy, this dreaded task becomes more than just annoying. I have been attempting to find a solution to the complicated process of flossing for most my life. Those little one-time use pick flossers are too small for me to grip and the handle flossers have replacement heads that are really difficult to remove and replace. I was lucky for a while, my electric toothbrush seemed to be doing the job. But this last appointment proved that the flossing problem was not going away; I was going to have to find a solution. I decided to try a Waterpik. I have seen them on display when I go to my dentist; not that they ever suggested one to me, but when I looked them up online, I found that most people like them. I decided to try it out and purchased the Cordless Plus Water Flosser. This flosser is cordless and rechargeable, so I can use it anywhere and don’t have to worry about the cord being too long, too short or having to wrap it up after each use. I charged it for 24 hours and then unplugged it. The manufacturer says it can remain plugged in to charge between uses, but user reviews said this ruins the rechargeability of the device. It is easy to fill with water and comes with 4 tips: two general use, one plaque seeker, and one for braces. They snap on easily and are removed by pushing a button; which is much easier than the standard handled flossers I have tried before. The stream of water is quite powerful, even on low; and it will make a bit of a mess, so make sure that you are leaning over the sink when you use it. Also, use warm water, I used cold the first time and it was a bit painful. So far it seems to be doing the job; my teeth do feel cleaner and it leaves my gums with a tingly feeling that it not unpleasant. Obviously, I won’t know whether this product really works until I go back to the dentist in November; but I feel like even if it is not the perfect solution, it is better than not flossing at all. Plus, shelling out $40 once beats multiple trips to the dentist any day.

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