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What is Water Flossing and Does it Work?
Nov 7, 2018

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You may have seen your dentist use water floss during your visits, but what is going on there?

A water flosser is a device that sprays a line of water in steady pulses, resulting in clean teeth. Like traditional floss, this handheld device removes food from between teeth. Water flossing is a great way to clean around and between your teeth.

Does it work?
Water flossers that have been tested and approved by the American Dental Association are shown to be effective and harmless to use for removing film and thick layers of plaque from the teeth. Water flossers that have been approved by the ADA are also known to help significantly reduce problems such as gingivitis, cavities, and gum disease.

Why use water floss?
Water flossers are extremely beneficial for people who may have trouble flossing with regular floss. For example, some people find it challenging to hold thin pieces of floss. People who wear braces may also prefer to use water floss because of the difficulty of snaking floss around the metal edges — and not getting it caught! Some studies indicate water flossing is three times more effective for those with braces. It’s also been found useful for people with permanent bridges.

However, water flossers aren’t without their downsides, including:

  • Portability. Even the portable versions are heavier than a tiny pack of floss!
  • Water and electric use. A pack of floss doesn’t require either.
  • Cost is higher.
  • Takes up more bathroom counter space.

    Choosing a Water Flosser

Water flossers are expensive, and you may wonder about the differences. You may find features on some more appealing, but the most critical thing to consider is whether it has an ADA seal of acceptance.

People often neglect to floss their teeth (and yes, your hygienist can tell if you’re skipping it). You should brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes as well as floss your teeth at least one time a day. If you dislike flossing, consider trying water floss.

If you have questions about water flossing, ask us on your next dental visit!