Have you wanted to get a water flosser? They could be a good addition to your dental routine if you use them correctly. Health.com explains that water flossers “repel food and bacteria from the crevices of your teeth using water pressure.” Keep reading to learn the pros and cons of water flossing vs. normal dental floss.
Using floss is one of the most surefire ways to clean in between each tooth. With proper flossing, you can help prevent plaque buildup, tartar, and gum disease. Flossing can also help your teeth look brighter and to help remove food that a toothbrush might not be able to reach. Oral-B explains that there’s an increasing amount of evidence that flossing daily can help protect against gingivitis, keeping your mouth healthy. Flossing should be a part of your daily routine to help prevent unwanted problems that can easily happen with bad oral hygiene. When combined with brushing your teeth, flossing can give you a clean, healthy smile for life. However, not everyone flosses as much as they need to according to these statistics from the ADA:
With those statistics, it’s no surprise that we all could probably floss a little bit more – but which is better? Traditional flossing or water flossing?
Standard dental floss is one of the most surefire ways to clean those tight crevices between each tooth. With traditional floss, you can scrape it up and down the tooth to get an even more in-depth cleaning. Traditional flossing can be more time consuming than water flossing because you have to take the string of floss and go up and down between each tooth, as where water flossing provides a more simplified process.
Pulsating irrigators, also known as water floss, is a handheld device that streams water to clean the teeth. Water floss can help reduce biofilm, plaque, and inflammation by spraying off bacteria that can cause infections, like gingivitis. Water flossers also have other benefits, as mentioned by Very Well Health, to be:
When it comes to deciding, we recommend that you… use both! This may seem tedious, but your healthy mouth will thank you for it. Traditional floss works best to get those pesky food particles and debris stuck deep between teeth, however a water flosser can be best to ensure a deep clean around previous dental work, or when you’re just in a time crunch. By incorporating both into your dental routine, you will be sure to maintain a healthy, plaque-free mouth and not have to worry about treating gum disease or other infections.
Along with flossing, it’s important to continue going to your regularly scheduled deep cleanings. If you’re due for a cleaning, call Premier Dentistry of Eagle today to make an appointment at (208)-546-0655.