Is A Water Flosser More Effective Than Dental Floss?
Posted on 1/6/2020 by Office
We get this comment all the time. Stop us if you have said this before in a dental office. “I love to brush, but I hate to floss.” If this is you, we get it. We love flossing, because we know that your dental health depends on it. We also just love the satisfactory feeling we get from flossing.
However, we also know that you and a lot of other patients don't like to floss at all. If you hate flossing, perhaps you have tried a water flosser. Is a water flosser more effective than flossing with dental floss? We have some insight.
Oh That Dental Floss
Dental floss is one of the most effective ways to prevent tooth decay. When you floss your teeth, you are cleaning out plaque from your teeth. Plaque leads to both tooth decay and gum disease, so when you floss, you go a long way towards preventing it. However, a lot of people hate flossing because it makes their mouths bleed, and for some people it is uncomfortable.
Water flossers can do the same job as you flossing yourself with a string. However, water flossers are pain free, and people tend to find them easier to use than string flossers. Research shows that water flossers are over 50% more effective than dental floss for reducing gum disease in the early stages. Water flossers are also two times more effective for reducing the amount of bleeding due to flossing. Water flossers are also 30% more effective than dental floss for getting rid of plaque.
Patients report they are more likely to use a water flosser than they are to use dental floss. That's because it is easy to use, and the instructions for use are simple. Do you have questions about using a water flosser? Do you need advice on what type of flosser is right for you? Why not contact us today, and let us help you pick the perfect flosser for you.