Regular brushing isn’t enough to clean your mouth of food particles, bacteria and plaque. That’s why it is important that you floss at least once per day. Here are the pros and cons of flossing and using a Waterpik.
Waterpiks: Pros and Cons
A Waterpik water flosser is also called an oral irrigator or dental water jet. It uses a pressurized stream of water in between the teeth to clean out food, bacteria and plaque.
Some people find using a Waterpik to be easier. You might also if you:
• Have Braces
• Have bridgework, crowns or dental implants
• Suffer from arthritis
Pros of the Waterpik
• Easy to use
• Cleans between tightly-spaced teeth
• Cleans hard to reach areas
Cons of the Waterpik
• Doesn’t always remove all the plaque
Flossing: Pros and Cons
Dental floss dates back to prehistoric times but wasn’t patented until the 1800s. Everyone should use floss as part of their daily oral hygiene routine.
Pros of Floss
• Thoroughly cleans each tooth
• Easy to control
Cons of Floss
• Floss doesn’t always reach every area
• Can cause your gums to bleed
Whenever you floss, make sure you rinse your mouth afterward to remove all the residue and plaque that was scraped free.
It is important that you floss every day, so the method you choose needs to be one that you will perform on a daily basis. Most people prefer the control they receive from using dental floss. Others prefer the deep-clean feeling after using a Waterpik.
Both flossing and Waterpiks offer a great way to care for gums and teeth. Make sure that you also brush twice a day to give you the ultimate control over plaque removal. It is also wise for you to speak with your dentist about your choice to use floss or a Waterpik. They can offer you some additional guidance and suggestions about what will work best in your circumstances.
If you encounter any dental concerns while flossing or using a Waterpik, be sure to reach out to your dentist for a consultation. Don’t assume that your issue isn’t important, always play it safe.