Which is best…Dental Floss or Water Flossing?
Flossing daily is very important to your overall dental health. Regular flossing will reduce tooth decay in between your teeth as well promote gingival health. Flossing removes dental plaque, as well as, stimulates the gum tissue allowing the gums to be as healthy as possible. For many years the most effective method of flossing has been traditional “string” floss. In recent years the ADA (American Dental Association) has given certain water flossers the ADA seal of approval in plaque and bleeding reduction . Which is best? Lets take a look at some pro and cons of both!
Traditional Dental Floss
- It is a very efficient method of removing excess food off of the teeth.
- Floss does not cost much money and is easily accessible from any pharmacy or grocery store.
- Flossing can be done anywhere.
- Difficulty reaching some areas of the mouth with floss.
- Flossing can cause minor bleeding, especially if not done regularly.
- Floss can sometimes be difficult to handle by some people
Water flossers are a small machine that utilizes a stream of water to remove plaque and food debris as well as massage the gums.
- Water flossers are great to use in difficult areas to reach such as dental bridges, implants, crowns, etc.
- Easy to use
- Studies show removes 2x more plaque than traditional flossing and brushing.
- 51% more effective than string floss to reduce gingivitis.
- Long term compliance.
- Can be expensive and uses up space on the counter.
- Need electricity and water to use which makes it difficult to use away from home.
- Due to having water under pressure, it can be messy.
The best way to floss is the way it is easiest for you to do on a daily basis.. If you have always used dental floss and are having great checkups, keep up the great work! If your dentist and dental hygienist are suggesting a need to floss more often and to be more thorough, check out a water flosser. You may be surprised how much better your dental checkups will be!