Should I Add a Water Flosser to My Oral Hygiene Routine?

Posted By The Szikman Dental Group, P.C. || 16-Oct-2015

If you have a regular hygiene routine for your teeth, you have probably considered adding a water flosser to your regular practice. To help you decide, we have answered a number of questions regarding these unique dental hygiene devices.

What is a water flosser?

  • A water flosser is just as it sounds. It is a hand-held device that flosses between teeth and below the gumline using a pressurized stream of water which flows out of the device. Water flossers are said to reduce gingivitis and gum disease.

Can I Use a Water Flosser if I Wear Braces?

  • Yes. Because water flossing does not consists of any string or material that needs to go between the braces, water flossers can be extremely useful for those who wear braces.

Can I Stop Flossing with String if I Use a Water Flosser?

  • While water flossing devices can be a great addition to your oral hygiene routine, research shows that the benefits of traditional flossing still make flossing with string necessary. Instead of replacing flossing with string with a water flossing device, many suggest adding a water flosser to your routine, instead.

Does a Water Flosser Remove Plaque?

  • In 2013, an independent study proved that persons who used water flosser and a manual toothbrush experienced a 29% reduction in plaque biofilm that people who used a manual toothbrush and string floss.

What kind of Water Flosser Should I Buy?

  • There are many different kinds of water flossers. Depending on the condition of your teeth and gums, you may want a water flosser with less or more pressure. To be sure, consult an experienced dentist and ask what type of water flosser will be best for you.

Have a Question? Visit The Szikman Dental Group, P.C.

The Atlanta dentists at The Szikman Dental Group, P.C. are here to help you and your family achieve the best-looking and healthiest smiles possible. Whether you have questions regarding your flossing routine or would like to discuss more serious dental matters, contact our office. Our staff prides itself on extensive knowledge and technologies in all aspects of dental care and can give you effective and efficient treatments and advice.

Contact our office today and see how we can help get you on the road to a brighter and whiter smile!