Water Flossing: As Effective as String Flossing Today

Benefits of Water Flossing

Knowing that flossing your teeth is one of the essentials of a good oral hygiene routine, in fact in tandem with tooth brushing, it is easier said than done. It is a challenge to use. Dental floss only works for those who use it regularly and do it effectively enough to get a health benefit. Imagine how many can actually flex the string beneath the gum line, move the string up and down with enough pressure for plaque removal, yet, avoid cutting into the tissue with too much tension? Not too many.

Using a water flosser with the ADA Seal of Acceptance has been proven to be as effective if not more effective than traditional flossing at removing plaque between teeth. Water flossers are less technique- sensitive.They are also called water picks and are a way to thoroughly clean between and around teeth, by spraying streams of water in steady pulses. Using a water pick will remove food, bacteria and even plaque around teeth and gum pockets.

Benefits of Water Flossing

In fact, there are science-backed benefits to water flossers. For one, water flossers reduce periodontal infection. They work deep in the gum pocket and remove bacteria which initiates infection. They were proven to remove more than 99% of plaque, which greatly reduces the chance of periodontal disease.

Gingivitis, the initial stage of gum disease, has been reduced significantly in studies where people use water picks daily; It also applies to gum bleeding. A study has shown that compared to tooth brushing, only water flossing can reduce the inflammatory cytokine Interleukin-1b, which was correlated with less gum bleeding.

Water flossers are best for cleaning orthodontic appliances. A study showed that among orthodontic braces wearers, these flossers removed 3 times more plaque than those who only brushed their teeth, and reduced bleeding by 84%. They are also safe to use around implants, where maintenance is critical for their longevity. They were also proven to help diabetics who tend to have more periodontal disease and more severe gingivitis inflammation. Best of all, water flossers are easy to use, take less effort and time than traditional string flossing, and people of all ages can use it without assistance – even young children.

Easy, Safe and Effective

There are many models of water flossers in the market. There are corded and non-corded, the latter more powerful, if desired. There are flossers that are light-weight and for travel, those that can be used in the shower, those that come with adjustable strengths, for professional use and for kids. Water flossers are the new floss today – easy, safe, and effective oral hygiene tools.

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Ask Dr. Jaime Lee about Water Flossing

Know more about water flossers and how they are able to clean teeth and gums effectively. It’s one of you best tools to avoid or deter the onslaught of gum disease. See us at Smile Art in downtown Seattle.