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Flossing or Water Flosser Debate

The “best flossing method” debate is one I hear every day in my office. Here’s the thing – there’s no overall “best” method, but rather which one is best for YOU.



String Floss vs Water Floss

Cleaning between your teeth is super important because it gets rid of gunk between your teeth and along your gums that your toothbrush can't reach. Plaque can cause cavities and gum problems if you leave it there for too long! Flossing (whether it’s with string or water) helps keep your teeth and gums healthy, prevents bad breath, and even improves your overall health by reducing the chance of other problems like heart disease and diabetes. So, don't forget to clean between your teeth every day!


Is Water Flossing BETTER Than String Flossing?

Both string floss and water floss are good for cleaning between your teeth, but there are some differences:


String Floss:

How it works: It's like a thin piece of string you use to clean between your teeth.

Good things: It's easy to find, cheap, and you can take it with you when you travel.


How to use: You need to wrap the string around each tooth in a c-shape, using an up and down motion, thus cleaning the sides of each tooth!


Water Flossing:

How it works: It's a machine that sprays water to clean between your teeth. There are many different models on the market so speak to me and I will guide you in the right direction.

Good things: It's easier for people who find string flossing hard, especially if you have braces or manual dexterity issues.

How to use: You aim the water at your teeth and gums, and guide it along from tooth to tooth! It's less tricky than string floss, but sometimes messier! There is hand held models you can use in the shower to help avoid the mess factor! 😊


Which is better?

Personal choice: Some people like string floss, and others prefer water flossing.

Special cases: If you have braces or gum disease, water flossing might be better for you. But if you are cavity-prone, string floss may be better for you! And if you have several toothy concerns – maybe consider using both.

In the end, it's about what works best for you and helps you keep your teeth clean. Always ask YOUR dental hygienist which one they recommend for YOUR individual mouth!


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