Flossing is essential to your dental health, and it’s recommended by all dentists as the best way to clean in between your teeth.
But did you know that regular flossing isn’t the only way to clean in between your teeth? Water flossers are now an alternative to dental floss and can be used to clean your mouth and gum.
How do water flossers work?
Water flosser devices use water spray that reaches. The American Dental Association says water flossers with the ADA Seal of Acceptance can get rid of plaque which helps reduce oral inflammations.
Is water flossing as good as regular floss? And might it be an option for you?
Water flossing is a great addition to your daily dental routine, but it’s not a replacement for regular brushing and flossing.
Regular floss is more convenient than water flossers since they are small and easy to take with you when you’re on the go. Regular floss also scrapes the sides of the tooth during its movement, making it more effective than water flossers alone.
However, water flossers are more gentle on your gums and periodontal tissue. They are also considered more environmentally friendly, and in some cases, such as braces, crowns, and bridges, water flossers are an excellent option to reach and clean difficult areas.
When should I use a water flosser?
We recommend you start using a water flosser in these cases:
- Sensitive gums: Water flossers are a great way to clean your mouth if you have sensitive or bleeding gums. It’s more gentle than regular flossing, which can increase or initiate bleeding.
- Dry mouth: Water flossers will help add more moisture to your mouth.
- Dental work: Water flossers are great for reaching difficult flossing areas such as between braces, crowns, and bridges.
- Difficulty using regular flosses: If using regular flossing is difficult for you or you have restricted hand movement, a water flosser is a great alternative.
Properly using the device.
- Fill the water reservoir with warm water.
- Hold the flosser at 90 degrees to your teeth and direct the flosser’s tip right between your teeth.
- Turn the flosser on and start from the back of the mouth, focusing on between your teeth and gum lines.
- Turn the flosser off and spit out the excess water.
If you have any concerns or questions regarding your tongue, gums, or teeth. Please contact our office at 828.631.3283 or request an appointment through our website.
David S. McGuire, DDS