With a variety of “water flossers” now available – Is this your next option in flossing?
Their popularity seems to be on a sharp rise as of late, which begs the question: Are water flossers a fad-like gimmick or the new innovation in dental floss?
How to use a water flosser
Water picking is also known as water flossing and is different from traditional flossing. Water flossing utilises a special device that directs a stream of water into the mouth and gums. Rather than scraping the teeth to remove plaque, water flossing uses the pressure of the water to massage the gums and push the food away from the teeth. Due to the variety of water flossers available on the market, some may work a little differently to others. But in general, these are the steps you would take to “water floss” your teeth.
· Place the tip into the holder. Fill the water reservoir with warm water and place it back into the base of the device.
· Adjust the pressure of the device to your liking. Try starting with a low pressure and adjust it to be higher if necessary.
· Lean over the sink and place the tip into the mouth with the lips closed and turn the unit on.
· Begin with the back teeth, aiming the tip at just above the gumline and work toward the middle of the mouth.
· Pause briefly with the tip between each tooth to allow water to flow out of the mouth and into the sink.
· Turn off the unit, eject the tip, and clean the unit according to the instructions.
These are only general guidelines, when in doubt, follow the instructions given on your specific device.
But do water flossers actually work?
Water flossers can direct water anywhere in the mouth, due to this, many people claim that they are much easier to use than regular string floss. And since the jet can be aimed precisely, cleaning those hard-to-reach spots in the mouth is much easier.
Flossing with regular string floss is great and effective; however, if not done with a gentle technique, you may find that your gums can bleed a little. Various studies have shown that water flossing is over 90% more effective at reducing gum bleeding compared to traditional dental floss. And since water flossers are able to spray beneath the gum line and into pockets where the gums have pulled away from the teeth, they’re over 50% better at reducing gingivitis.
In general, water flossers are easy to use, particularly for those with braces, or other types of dental work such as permanent or temporary bridges. The massage action can also improve gum health. It can be stated that these devices are great for removing food particles and bacteria, but do they remove plaque? Many experts agree that they do indeed remove plaque and are effective in doing so.
Although it is safe to say that these devices do indeed work, they do have their fair share of downfalls:
· Some devices can be a little expensive, so if you are on a budget, you will find that traditional dental floss is far easier on the pocket.
· They require access to electricity and water, making them difficult to use outside of the home.
· You will need space for storage.
If you are looking for a more gentle and modern way to floss your teeth, water flossing can be a great option for you!
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