Be honest; do you floss every day? While many people still consider flossing as an optional task, it is a critical component of your dental hygiene. In fact, flossing your teeth is clinically proven to reduce decay and gingivitis while improving the overall health of the gums. When you fail to floss, nearly 35 percent of your tooth’s surface doesn’t get clean. Flossing reaches areas where bacteria, food debris and plaque have accumulated between your teeth and under the gum line. Your toothbrush simply can’t do it all.
When it comes to flossing, you have options. Traditional flossing thread is just one way to carry out the task. Modern dental products include a wide range of handy tools to make flossing easier. In fact, if conventional flossing methods using string or waxed thread is too cumbersome for you, you may benefit from a water flosser.
What Is a Water Flosser?
Water flossers can power up your flossing game. They require the least amount of coordination, dexterity and effort, yet water flossers are just as effective (or more) than traditional floss. Water flossers remove plaque with powerful streams of water. The handheld wand delivers pressurized water to painlessly blasts away food debris from tight places between your teeth and below your gum line. Your gums will also get a gentle and healthy massage during the process.
Is a Water Flosser Right for Me?
At Group Health Dental, we believe that the right flossing method is the one that you will actually use. Many patients complain that traditional flossing thread is too difficult or time-consuming. In such cases a water flosser can be a better choice. Ideal candidates for a water flosser system include patients with the following:
- Braces or other fixed orthodontic appliances
- Dental bridges (temporary or permanent)
- Dexterity issues
- Special needs or physical limitations
Need more dental hygiene tips? Group Health Dental stays at the forefront of modern dentistry, which includes attaining knowledge about the latest dental hygiene products on the market. We are happy to help you decide which brushing and flossing tools are best for your smile.