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Waterpik or Dental Floss: Which One Is Better?

December 28, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Megan Shelton @ 2:31 pm
person using a Waterpik

Flossing your teeth is an important step in your daily oral hygiene routine. Without flossing, you’ll be leaving 40% of plaque on your teeth, which can sharply raise your chances of developing cavities. Though many people know how important it is to remove plaque and food particles from between their pearly whites, nearly one-third of American adults still skip the floss. Fortunately, alternatives to traditional floss like Waterpiks can help. But are they as effective? Read on to learn whether traditional dental floss or water flossers are the more effective way to clean your teeth and keep oral health issues at bay.

Pros of Using Dental Floss

Dental floss is easy for most people to use and is an effective way to clean away plaque and remove food particles that have gotten lodged between your teeth. It can be purchased at most grocery and drug stores for only a few dollars, so it’s easily accessible and inexpensive.

Cons of Using Dental Floss

Even with all the pros dental floss offers, it still has its disadvantages. Dental floss can only properly clean one’s teeth if the person using it knows the proper technique. It may also be difficult for people who have health conditions like arthritis that lead to mobility issues to maneuver. Additionally, it can be challenging to use dental floss with oral appliances like braces and permanent retainers.

Pros of Using a Waterpik

Because Waterpiks and other water flossers are gentler than dental floss, you don’t have to worry about accidentally applying too much pressure and making your gums bleed. They also work better with braces, bridges, and other dental appliances and are beneficial for people who find traditional dental floss difficult to use.

Cons of Using a Waterpik

Waterpiks cost a lot more than traditional dental floss and aren’t as easy to come by. The water they shoot out can also create a mess. Additionally, water flossers aren’t as effective at removing plaque from between the teeth as dental floss.

Which One Is Better?

Though traditional dental floss is the better overall option, using either one is better than nothing. If you don’t have an issue with it, stick to regular floss. But, if you find floss difficult to use, consider purchasing a Waterpik or another type of water flosser. Regardless of which option you pick, your teeth will be cleaner and less cavity-prone than if you skipped this step completely.

When in doubt, consult your dentist for their opinion on whether dental floss or a Waterpik is the better option. You’ll be able to improve the health of your teeth and make your smile more beautiful than ever before!

About the Practice

If you’re looking to improve the health of your smile, Polished General Dentistry is the place to be for compassionate, effective dental care you can trust. They can teach you the proper way to floss your teeth or recommend alternatives like water flossers to get rid of plaque and beautify your beam. If you’re interested in learning more about their services or want to schedule an appointment, call their office at (760) 434-9800 or visit their website today.

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