Is Water Flosser As Good As a Regular Floss?
Posted by DR. ZIN on Jul 23 2020, 06:16 AM
Regular brushing and flossing is the primary line of defense against oral infections and diseases. In fact, individuals who brush and floss at least twice every day are at a significantly lesser chance of developing cavities and gum diseases. So, do you brush and floss as recommended by your dentist?
The importance of flossing
Flossing is just as important as brushing but is often ignored. It helps to get rid of the microbes and food debris that is stuck in between the teeth, thereby reducing the chances of developing tartar deposits. Most of us brush the teeth regularly but are slightly ignorant when it comes to flossing. This isn’t a healthy practice and can lead to oral concerns that would cost you a lot of money and effort to get them treated.
What are the means to floss?
The conventional method of flossing is using a thin piece of string that is specifically meant to clean the teeth. The floss is inserted between adjacent teeth and moved up and down. This helps to scrape the sides of the teeth to remove the tartar deposits or food particles. It is an easy process that has great benefits. Moreover, you can purchase the floss from your local pharmacy and is quite affordable. In recent years, a new flossing technique has been introduced, which is called the water floss.
What is water floss?
A water floss, or more popularly known as the Waterpik, is an alternative to conventional flossing using a string. The setup consists of a small hand-held device that produces a jet of water at high pressure. When this jet is directed at the teeth and gums, it gently pushes out the food debris and microbes from the teeth and under the gums as well. Patients who find it challenging to use a string to floss can benefit from this method.
What are the advantages of water floss?
- The device is hand-held, and hence, easy to use and handle.
- Patients who are receiving orthodontic treatment may find it difficult to floss due to the braces. Water floss is a worthy alternative in such instances.
- You can eliminate the risk of injuring the gums while flossing. The jet of water gently massages the gums and pushes the food particles out.
- Water floss can be advantageous to people who have permanent restorations such as crowns and bridges. This prevents damage to the restorations.
Practicing optimum oral hygiene is the least we can do to keep our oral cavities healthy. Reach out to us on-call 408-963-6678 or by scheduling an online appointment, and we can discuss it further.