Do you have trouble flossing? Have you been known to stretch the truth when it comes to reporting your flossing habits? You are certainly not alone. Flossing is one of the most neglected oral hygiene steps across all age groups. However, it is no less important. A healthy smile depends on your ability and diligence to clean between your teeth. Brushing definitely cleans your teeth, but up to 35% of your tooth surface is missed when you stop your routine there. While you may be well aware of the importance of flossing, you may not realize the options you have. If traditional string floss makes you dread the task, consider a water flosser. It is an excellent option to make flossing easier, faster and even more effective. In fact, the American Dental Association recently recognized The Waterpik® Water Flosser as one alternative to string floss.
Water flossers are small hand-held tools that look like a wand. They spray water in steady pulses to wash away bacteria, food debris and plaque between your pearly whites. Simply put the top of the flosser against the crevice between each tooth, and it will clean the area gently, yet very effectively. In fact, it is so gentle that patients lessen the chances of harming their gums while flossing and they can also safely use it around orthodontic appliances and fixed prosthetic teeth. Water flossers are effective for the prevention and treatment of gum disease because they can successfully clean tight spaces between the teeth and prevent plaque build-up along the gum line.
Not only are water flossers fun to use, they are also easy to operate. Although they can be used by almost anyone, it is a great flossing option for patients who lack the dexterity and coordination that string floss requires. Some types of water flossers can be mounted in the shower to eliminate the counter top mess.
When it is all said and done, the flossing tool you should use is the one you can perform correctly and the one that you will actually use. Flossing is vitally important to your dental health. Neglecting to floss can lead to gum disease, which can eventually lead to tooth loss and impact your overall health. At Avalon Dental Group, we are happy to discuss the flossing options that are available to you so that you can achieve a healthier, more confident smile.