The dreaded question. Have you been flossing? Flossing may not be America’s favorite pastime, but it sure is important. Don’t worry this isn’t just a lecture telling you to floss.
What if we told you you could floss without floss? Introducing: the Waterpik. You may either have no idea what a Waterpik is, or you’re curious and wondering if it’s worth the price tag. A Waterpik is a water flosser that uses a pressurized stream of pulsating water to clear away bacteria, food, and plaque. We’re going to break down the pros and cons of using a Waterpik and sticking with traditional floss. Notice how there isn’t an option to not floss?
Pros of using a Waterpik
Gets in hard to reach areas and between tight teeth
Easy to use (once you find your right pressure setting it’s pretty simple)
May keep your breath fresh longer
May be preferred if you have braces (It can be very tricky to get around braces with traditional floss), crowns, or dental implants
Can aid in the reduction of bacteria below the gumline
Can reduce gum disease and bleeding of gums
Massage from water stream can improve gum health
Cons of using a Waterpik
May not remove all plaque as well as traditional flossing
More expensive than traditional flossing
May not be able to fully replace the role of traditional flossing
Requires storage, electricity, and water access
If you do decide to purchase a Waterpik, here are some general instructions to understand how to use them:
Turn it on and hold it at a 90 degree angle and spray the water
Start at the back of your mouth and work your way around to the front
Focus on the top of your teeth, gum line, and the spaces between each tooth
Pause briefly with the tip between each tooth to allow the water to flow out of the mouth and into the sink
It should take about 2 minutes - empty water into the sink when you’re done
Replace the water flosser to charge it for the next time
Pros of Traditional Floss
Easier control over target area
Quick and can be done anywhere (Emergency car floss?)
Inexpensive and can purchase easily
Cons of Traditional Floss
Difficulty in reaching some areas of the mouth
Can cause gum bleeding
Can cause or worsen tooth and gum sensitivity
Now, just because there are some cons to the different flossing option doesn’t mean you can skip this step. Brushing your teeth twice a day isn’t enough to reach your full oral health potential. Getting input from your dentist is also a great way to decide which flossing option is right for you. See, talking about floss can be fun!
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