When We Say Floss, We Don’t Mean That Silly Dance!
Most people today know the importance of brushing and flossing. However, are you aware that there are actually TWO ways you can floss? There is, of course, the traditional way of using string floss…but then, there is water flossing.
What is Water Flossing?
Water flossers are electric, hand-held tools that spray water into your mouth to push out food that is stuck between your teeth. Water flossers that have the American Dental Association stamp of approval can be trusted to effectively remove plaque from your teeth and protect against gingivitis.
Are There Benefits to Flossing with Water?
If flossing with traditional dental floss is awkward or difficult for you, water flossers are a great alternative since they really do most of the work. If you have bridges or braces, water flossers can be easier and more convenient, since the water can easily get around your dental appliance to loosen food particles.
Is Water Flossing Right for Everyone?
As with any kind of dental technology, water flossing might not work for your individual oral care routine. Water flossers need to be plugged in during use and are a bit bulky for transport, which doesn’t make them particularly convenient if you like to floss on the go. Additionally, they require cleaning every 1-3 months to maintain optimal pressure and effectiveness due to the accumulation of mineral deposits. They are also more expensive than disposable string floss. However, if these are not issues for you, then water flossing might be an excellent addition to your daily oral hygiene routine!
Water or String? The Choice is up to You…Just Floss!
Overall, the most important thing is that you are including flossing in your oral hygiene routine, whether you use the traditional string floss or a water flosser. Flossing helps get in those hard-to-reach areas that might otherwise be missed when brushing.
As always, please give the office a call if we can help with any questions related to your oral health!