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Please invent an electric flossing device!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 21, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Dear all concerned,

Regarding dental health, I do not floss. Am health conscientious and would like to but do not because:

(1) I always cut my gums and bleed. At least in one spot, and oftentimes more.
(2) It takes an enormous amount of time.
(3) It's messy and awkward.

I'm hoping one of you in Silicon Valley or who work at Proctor Gamble might invent an electric flosser that would complement the electric toothbrush.

Something that would take a dental x-ray from my dentist and inject a custom mold that I could bite on like a mouthpiece, have two rows of gears automatically floss both top and bottom rows, distal and mesial sides, without cut gum in 2 to 3 seconds, ideally also squirt a mouthwash for a minty aftertaste, after which I could pull out said EF, press one button to dispose of the used floss, rinse the EF, and press button again to reset the floss for next use.

This would reduce flossing time from 15 minutes at least (at least for me) to a neat 15 seconds. I would pay several hundred and up to $1,000 for such an item with 10 year warranty.

Is this possible with present technology? And within my budget range? Your comments please.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on January 22, 2013
at 05:33 AM

Exactly...it hurts to have food in my teeth!

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on January 22, 2013
at 12:40 AM

You mean the "latest shiny gadgetry" that's been around for over 50 years? Head in the sand much?

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

(11488)

on January 21, 2013
at 07:38 PM

Pick em out with a twig if they irritate you. Flossing is a vanity driven American conceit, the vast majority of people alive today have never flossed their teeth.

7efe820ea2b10a1d2a78977ce7a4f215

(348)

on January 21, 2013
at 07:18 PM

The bleeding will stop if you floss routinely.

75bf87379aa119821e3f6f4115f1145a

(224)

on January 21, 2013
at 06:13 PM

Tell that to the nice bits of ground beef which have their usual hiing spots in those same 3-4 teeth regions. Allowing meat to ferment overnight in my mouth doesn't seem too appealing to me ;)

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on January 21, 2013
at 05:16 PM

I love water pick! I prefer a different model though -http://www.amazon.com/Waterpik-WP-100-Ultra-Water-Flosser/dp/B000GLRREU

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on January 21, 2013
at 01:47 PM

I will usually rinse my gums until the water tank runs empty. I have a sublingual wire that needs extra attention when I brush and "floss".

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

(2934)

on January 21, 2013
at 01:09 PM

Hve you considered that you might have a bleeding 'disorder'? Unlikle yes, also possible

24c27817ad9ac518946dda4a131737b5

on January 21, 2013
at 11:24 AM

I'll have to pick one of those up. I've had my head buried in work for a long while and haven't been up to date on the latest shiny gadgetry. How many minutes to finish flossing, on average - anyone?

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on January 21, 2013
at 11:09 AM

It's already invented, it's called a water pick.

please-invent-an-electric-flossing-device!

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on January 22, 2013
at 12:40 AM

You mean the "latest shiny gadgetry" that's been around for over 50 years? Head in the sand much?

24c27817ad9ac518946dda4a131737b5

on January 21, 2013
at 11:24 AM

I'll have to pick one of those up. I've had my head buried in work for a long while and haven't been up to date on the latest shiny gadgetry. How many minutes to finish flossing, on average - anyone?

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on January 21, 2013
at 01:47 PM

I will usually rinse my gums until the water tank runs empty. I have a sublingual wire that needs extra attention when I brush and "floss".

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on January 21, 2013
at 05:16 PM

I love water pick! I prefer a different model though -http://www.amazon.com/Waterpik-WP-100-Ultra-Water-Flosser/dp/B000GLRREU

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11c694590602aa533f785276a9e256d9

on January 21, 2013
at 03:03 PM

The first two complaints will diminish greatly if you Just Do It once a day for a week. Guaranteed. (unless you already have some underlying disease)

"It takes an enormous amount of time."

Really?

Wow. Can't help you there, except to say, either you prioritize your health, or you don't. The choice is yours; time is not "found" it's "made". It takes me about 2 minutes.

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on January 21, 2013
at 11:52 PM

Your gums bleed because you don't floss. You aren't cutting your gums, they're swollen and inflamed. If you start flossing daily, the bleeding will stop.

I love flossing, I can't go a day without it. I also use soft pics, which you might find more user friendly.

How people can let food just rot between their teeth, I don't understand at all.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on January 22, 2013
at 05:33 AM

Exactly...it hurts to have food in my teeth!

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35bc838bd11ae409f687f7bf2bcae071

on January 21, 2013
at 06:39 PM

If Waterpick or Sonicare Airfloss don't work out for you, try out some different flosses. My absolute favorite is Dr. Tung's Smart Floss which has a nice fluffy texture. I feel that it cleans much better than standard floss or the slippery stuff like Glide. OTOH, you might find that the thin, slippery flosses work better for you. Yet another option (especially if you don't have very tightly spaced teeth) is little in-between brushes like Piksters or GUM brand has disposable picks that are without wire.

Floss while you're doing something else like reading online, showering, in bed for the night, etc. I'm sure you can find some little nook of 2-3 mins/day to get the job done.

Ditto on the bleeding. That could be an early sign of gum disease so power through the bleeding for a week or two using whatever debris removal method you choose and it should subside. You might want to get the problem evaluated by a pro if it doesn't resolve with improved care so you know what you're dealing with.

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on January 21, 2013
at 06:48 PM

Supplement w/ Vit K2 and you won't need to floss. It makes my dentist crazy when I say I haven't flossed in the last 6 months, but since my gums don't bleed and there isn't any tartar, he hasn't been able to come up with a logical reason why I "need" to be floss.

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75bf87379aa119821e3f6f4115f1145a

(224)

on January 21, 2013
at 06:11 PM

I almost made the switch from manually flossing to an electric one such as above, but after hours of reading reviews on Amazon and comparing the different models, noticed that most reviewers mentioned that this was not a complete replacement for manual flossing and they ended up using this in addition to manually flossing.

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37cc142fbb183f2758ef723a192e7a9d

(1353)

on January 21, 2013
at 04:34 PM

I also find it annoying but the bleeding stops after a few times if you keep regular and I have it down to only about a minute in terms of time.

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04c58a5f474a2d94a0693404560440c3

on January 21, 2013
at 02:47 PM

Or try Phillips Airfloss. I got it as a Christmass present and absolutely love it. Well recommended...

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B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

(11488)

on January 21, 2013
at 06:07 PM

Yeah, cos flossing your teeth is really Paleo. Neolithic solution for a Neolithic problem. Eat the right food and that isn't going to be a problem.

75bf87379aa119821e3f6f4115f1145a

(224)

on January 21, 2013
at 06:13 PM

Tell that to the nice bits of ground beef which have their usual hiing spots in those same 3-4 teeth regions. Allowing meat to ferment overnight in my mouth doesn't seem too appealing to me ;)

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

(11488)

on January 21, 2013
at 07:38 PM

Pick em out with a twig if they irritate you. Flossing is a vanity driven American conceit, the vast majority of people alive today have never flossed their teeth.

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