Conventional dental wisdom recommends that you brush your teeth twice a day and floss your teeth at least once a day. Flossing cleans between your teeth to remove food particles and plaque from areas where your toothbrush bristles have a hard time reaching. If not removed, this debris can lead to bad breath, tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. But is there a flossing method that is better between string floss and water floss? Read on to learn some pros and cons of each.
Traditional String Floss
ProsStandard dental floss is an effective tool for cleaning the tight spaces between teeth because it allows you to scrape the sides of each tooth and reach under the gumline.String floss is inexpensive and readily available at every grocery store and pharmacy.This is a quick and easy method that can be done anywhere.
ConsMany people find floss difficult to use, especially when cleaning the back teeth.There are many types of floss on the market, some easier to use than others, so you may need to try a few different brands to find the one that works for you.
ProsAn oral irrigator, also known as a water flosser, water jet, or by the brand name Waterpik, has a stream of pressurized water that easily reaches between teeth and deep below gums to remove food particles and plaque.This tool is especially helpful for patients with braces, permanent retainers, or bridgework.The massaging action of water flossing helps reduce bleeding and gum inflammation to promote healthy gums.
ConsWater flossers are more expensive than a container of string floss.This unit requires occasional maintenance to keep it clean, electricity, and access to water.It is bigger and less portable.
Used together, string flossing and oral irrigation are a powerful combination to remove debris from between teeth and below the gumline. Contact us to learn more!