Curious about water flossing? There are many reasons why someone may implement water flossing into their oral hygiene routine – read on to find out why.
Water flossing is an alternative to flossing, and an effective way to clean your teeth. A water flosser is a handheld device that sprays water to remove food and plaque from tight spaces. Although it shouldn’t replace brushing, it can aid in removing food and bacteria below the gum line. So, if you have a hard time brushing due to dental work, braces or a medical condition that limits hand movement, water flossing may be a great option instead of traditional floss.
Benefits of Using a Water Flosser:
- Safe and effective to remove plaque
- Can reduce gum disease and gingivitis
- Gentle on gums with water streams (steady pulses)
- Can remove food particles like floss
- May reduce bacteria and bleeding glums
- Option for those who have trouble flossing by hand
- Easy to use
- Effective with braces or bridges
Many dentists still encourage regular flossing when you can, because it lets you scrape your teeth when a water flosser can’t. As a reminder, according to the American Dental Association (ADA), flossing is an essential part of caring for your teeth and should be incorporated into your daily dental routine. To find out which method is best for you, we recommend visiting your dentist to establish a personal dental care plan.
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