No one can deny that flossing is an essential part of oral hygiene, with professionals emphasizing the need to floss daily. While brushing teeth is essential, there are spots that your toothbrush simply can't reach. However, many consider flossing a chore – some claim they don't have time for it while others complain about the use of string floss in particular. This is one of the reasons water flossers are being embraced wholeheartedly. The popularity of water flossers has brought up a new question – which method is better?
This refers to thin string that is used in a C-shape to wipe down teeth and the spaces between teeth. String floss allows the user to have more control and thoroughly removes plaque from the teeth. It is also available in waxed and unwaxed varieties so that the user has more choice.
However, string floss does have its disadvantages – forceful flossing can cause gums to bleed, and some areas may be hard to reach. Those with sensitive gums may find flossing with string floss painful.
A water flosser, also known as an oral irrigator, works by using a pressurized stream of water to clean the teeth and any plaque. Water flossers have the advantage of being convenient – those with braces, crowns, and dental implants usually prefer water flossers to string floss. Disabled individuals or individuals with compromised mobility also find water flossers easier to use.
Water flossers also get to the areas you can't reach with string floss. However, they do not remove plaque as thoroughly as string floss.
Both options have their advantages and disadvantages, and the best choice for each individual depends on their unique needs and preferences. If you're still undecided, you can always consult a professional.
At A Smiling Heart Dentistry, Dr. Tigran and Dr. Furca can look at your individual needs and make a recommendation based on your lifestyle and oral care needs. To schedule an appointment, please call us at (425) 558-9998.