Most of us are well aware of the importance of flossing. Yet, according to the American Dental Associates, only half of Americans (49%) say they floss their teeth once a day or more often, and 10% say they never floss. For many patients, using a water flosser has helped bridge the gap between what they need to do and what they often don’t want to do when it comes to oral hygiene.
What is it?
Water flossers (such as Waterpik) are an oral irrigation device that delivers a steady stream of water and can flush out food particles, bacteria and plaque from under the gums and between teeth.
Why is it better?
Many people avoid flossing because it hurts or causes bleeding, especially for those that suffer from gingivitis or gum disease. With water flossing, you can enjoy a painless flossing experience that gently washes away bacteria and debris.
You do not have to worry that the quality of cleaning is compromised by this more comfortable method. Water flossing effectively handles the curves and grooves of your teeth and can actually reach further into your gum line than traditional floss, cleaning as deep as 7mm in patients with gum disease.
Water flossing is also ideal for patients who have dental implants, crowns, bridges and orthodontic appliances that requires thorough, yet gentle flossing techniques.
You will be pleased to know that there are various models available when it comes to water flossers. For those that think it is a messy experience, there are models that can be hooked up in your shower. In addition, you may also purchase a water flosser that has temperature setting so you can optimize your comfort.
It is time to face your flossing neglect and try an option that may help you get the job done. Remember that by not flossing, you are missing up to 35% of our tooth surface. If you don’t like stringing out a thread of floss every night, let a gentle stream of water do the work. Ask your dentist to recommend the best water flosser for you.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV,