Don't Let Hand Pain Keep You from Flossing
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Don't Let Hand Pain Keep You from Flossing

I am proud to say that I have all my own teeth at the age of 65. While that may not sound unusual to some people, everyone in my family who is my age or older wears dentures. I always tell people that that flossing is the key to good dental health. I have arthritis in my hands, but I don't let it keep me from flossing every day. My trick is to use those little "flossers" you can buy at the drug store. They have plastic handles floss stretched out on top of the handle. These make flossing easier on days when my arthritis is acting up. I started this blog to let other people know that they can keep their teeth healthy into old age when they take care of them. If you have hand pain, find ways to make flossing easier, like I did.

Don't Let Hand Pain Keep You from Flossing

Invisalign Trays – How To Remove Them Without Panic

Francis Miles

A lot of kids today will never know what it's like to have to go to the orthodontist to have their braces tightened every so often. Kids today have the option of aligning their teeth using the Invisalign system. Once your kid gets used to wearing the Invisalign trays, he or she won't even be able to tell it's there, but it does take some time to get used to wearing and removing the piece. Here, you'll find a few tips that can help your kid get the Invisalign tray out without too much stress.

Rinse with Warm Water

One thing your kid will have to learn is that the trays are much more pliable when they are warm – so, they will be easier to remove from their teeth when they are warm. Before your kid tries to get the tray out, have him or her swish very warm water for a few seconds – just long enough to warm up the tray. As soon as they swallow or spit the warm water, it's time to remove the tray.

Have your kid grip the tray from as far back in their mouth as possible. These trays will pop off the back teeth easier than they will the front, and once the back is loosened, the front will pop off easily.

Stop the Panic

It can be kind of scary to seemingly have a tray stuck on your kid's teeth. Some kids will even begin to panic if the tray doesn't come off easily the first try.

Make sure that your kid keeps his or her calm while removing the tray. If he or she begins to feel frustrated or irritated, stop trying – the more frustrated your kid is, the more difficult it will be to get their fingers back in their mouth to pluck the tray off those molars.

Buy an Aligner Hook

Your kid's dentist probably uses a small aligner hook to get the tray off of your kid's teeth whenever he or she goes in for an exam or cleaning. You can pick up one of those little hooks for just a few dollars. Once your kid gets used to hooking it onto the back side of the tray, it will make removing the trays super easy and stress-free.

Talk with your kid and their dentist if problems persist. It shouldn't take long for your kid to adapt, and in no time, he or she will have the straight beautiful smile you're working for.