Using A Water Flosser vs. Traditional Floss

Using traditional flossing string to clean between your teeth is a very simple, yet highly effective method that works for almost everyone. A water flosser from our Encino, California dentist, is an oral irrigation system that flushes debris out from between your teeth just like traditional floss does. There are some pros and cons to using either of these methods. Here are some things to consider:

The Benefits of Using A Water Flosser

A water flosser, commonly referred to as a “Waterpik” (which is a popular hydroflosser brand) is quick and easy to use once you get the hang of it. These devices also provide better results by cleaning hard-to-reach areas, tight spaces, deep gum tissue pockets that were caused by gum disease, implants, and dental bridges.

The Disadvantages of Water Flossers

Water flossers can be expensive depending on the model, and if not used properly, the spraying water can make a mess. Also, these devices can be bulky and are typically inconvenient to travel with.

Traditional Flossing: Pros

Using traditional floss allows you to pay closer attention to each individual tooth and make sure that everything is being cleaned thoroughly. Floss is available just about anywhere and can be used everywhere as well.

Traditional Floss: Cons

For people that have poor dexterity or arthritis, it can be difficult to maneuver flossing string well enough to clean your teeth properly. It also can’t conform to reach concave surfaces on teeth, allowing some plaque to go unreached. In addition, the string can break when trying to floss between tight teeth, making it impossible to clean these areas.

Which One Is Right for You?

Ideally, using both methods will give you the best results. Using traditionally string can first loosen large debris, then the water flosser can help flush the hard-to-reach biofilm away.

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