Is it challenging for you to floss? Do you tend to skip flossing just because of the problems you have when flossing or because of the length of time it takes? You’re not alone. Just half of Americans floss daily, and 18.5% don’t floss at all.
We know we’re supposed to floss every day, but the truth is that many people find traditional flossing a hassle. Just think about how many times you’ve dreaded your dentist asking you how often you floss! While the thought of using dental floss or thread may seem like a chore (or a bore), there’s another alternative out there: water flossing!
What Is a Water Flosser?
A water flosser also sometimes called a water pick, is an oral irrigator. Which means water flossers use a focused stream of air and water at high pressure to wash away food, bacteria, and plaque between your teeth. If you avoid flossing because of the time or difficulty, this may be an excellent choice for a quicker more convenient way to keep your gums healthy and prevent cavities. The most popular version is made by Waterpik.
Who Can Use a Water Flosser?
Water flossers are safe for most adults. They are especially great for people with braces or dental work who have a hard time flossing the traditional way. They’re also a good, gentle alternative for patients with sensitive gums that might bleed with string floss. Consult your child’s dentist before letting them use a water flosser.
Are they Safe?
Yes, water picks are safe. Just make sure they have the ADA Seal of Acceptance, and you’re good to go. If you’re not sure which water flosser to buy, talk to your dentist and ask for their input. They might have a recommendation for you based on your unique dental situation.
Should You Try It?
It depends. If your regular brushing and flossing routine is working just fine for you, you probably don’t need a water flosser.
As a dentist, I can tell you that regular old dental floss works like a charm when used daily. In fact, standard floss is considered the most effective tool for cleaning between teeth.
So don’t use a water flosser as a substitute for regular brushing and flossing. You still need to use regular floss every day. If you get a water flosser, use it as a supplement to your traditional routine or to reach difficult-to-clean places.
Brushing and flossing are so important to maintaining your dental health, but it’s not everything. Remember to schedule a cleaning every six months to keep your mouth in tip-top shape. Give our office a call to set up a cleaning appointment today! Hope to see you soon!