Water flossers have been around for more than fifty years. During that time there have been at least that many studies on their effectiveness. At Cary Family Dental, we present what is known about water flossers, and whether they’re any better than string dental floss in preventing tooth decay, gum disease, and other issues.
First of all, the main benefit of standard dental floss – string floss – is that it passes easily between the teeth to remove food debris and plaque. It is easy to use, inexpensive, readily available, and a very efficient way of removing plaque.
On the down side, some people find it hard to reach some areas of the mouth, like way in back. It can cause minor bleeding, and gum sensitivity. People with agility issues can find it hard to use.
Using a water flosser allows you to use water pressure to clean between teeth and along the gum line. A special machine directs a jet spray that can be very effective. They’re easy to use, and along with cleaning your teeth can also massage the gums.
They’re also great for people with braces and other dental work. The stream of water makes it easy to get those areas that are harder to reach with string floss. They are also an excellent solution for people with agility issues.
On the other hand, water flossers can be expensive. You need to find a place to store them when not in use. And they require electricity.
The Bottom Line
It isn’t necessarily an either/or situation. The best dental health routine at home may well be to floss, brush, and water floss – not necessarily in that order. The order in which these are done comes down to your personal preference: put another way, whatever works!
At Cary Family Dental, we think the most important thing, by far, is that you establish a dental health routine that you practice every day. We also like to see you for a cleaning and checkup in our office every six months. Our services include general and family dentistry, and restorative dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.