Today let’s talk which is better, flossing or water flosser.

Everyone knows what flossing is, but what is a water flosser?

A water flosser is a handheld device that sprays streams of water with steady pressure. The water like floss removes food from between your teeth. Water flossers are effective at removing a sticky film called plaque, which can also help reduce gum inflammation, also known as gingivitis between your teeth.

So which is more effective, floss or water flosser?

To maintain optimal teeth, gum and bone health flossing is key. If you have cavities between your teeth, you need to floss. Your dentist will let you know if you have what we call inter-proximal decay. That means cavities between the contacts of your teeth. If you have that, you need to floss. You can even put some toothpaste with fluoride or, if you’re not a fluoride fan, nanohydroxyapatite and rub it on the floss. And get that floss in between those contacts to help re-mineralize those what we call incipient cavities. Basically these small cavities are still in that first layer of enamel.

If you need to address the plaque and your bleeding gums, then a water flosser is effective and does a great job at this. If you’re flossing and you don’t really see a change in your gums, they’re still bleeding, then you need to try a water flosser. Water flossers are great options for people who have difficulty with flossing. If you have dental work like bridges, crowns or braces, water flossers will be very effective.

If you had to choose to master one skill, flossing or water flosser, the obvious answer is flossing. But if you’re not seeing results from flossing, use a water flosser. I hope this has given you some clarity. If you have any questions feel free to comment below with your question and I’ll get back to you.

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