Flossing is extremely important to remove plaque from in between your teeth where the toothbrush bristles do not reach. If plaque is left behind it can lead to cavities and/or gum disease. Since there is a link between gum disease and your overall health it is essential that you remove the plaque in between your teeth on a daily basis. Unfortunately, many patients have difficulty flossing or refuse to do it!
New research confirms that the Waterpik Waterflosser is significantly more effective than floss in removing plaque from in between the teeth. The Waterflosser also stimulates the gums, removes debris, irrigates the space in between the gums and the tooth and is especially helpful in cleaning around bridges and braces.
Which option is best for you?
If you are comfortable using the floss and your gums are healthy than you can continue this method to remove the plaque. Some patients prefer to use both methods or alternate between the two. It is extremely important to floss or waterfloss at least once a day, preferably prior to bedtime since there is decreased saliva to wash away the acids that cause tooth decay.
Waterflossing is an alternative for those of you who do not like flossing! Our office has found that many patients that dislike flossing really love the Waterflosser because they see the debris that is removed and they find it easier to maneuver in their mouth.
Our office strongly recommends waterflossing to patients with gum disease since it irrigates the space where the tissue is inflamed and stimulates the gums. If you have dental work like implants, bridges, or braces, the Waterflosser is highly recommended.
During your appointment the doctor or hygienist can make a recommendation as to which option would be best for you.