To see how far at-home dental care has come in modern times, all you have to do is walk down the oral health aisle of your local drugstore or grocery store! You’ll be greeted by shelf after shelf of dental products, from fancy toothpaste to electric toothbrushes. In particular, there are quite a few different types of flossing products on the market these days. You may be wondering which flossing tool is the best for your smile! In this blog post, we compare two popular options: flossing with a Waterpik® and traditional flossing.
Waterpik® flossing is also referred to as water flossing. The tool itself is also sometimes called a dental water jet or an oral irrigator. With this flossing method, a pressurized jet of water is used to push out food particles and bacteria from between teeth and under the gumline.
Many patients who find traditional flossing difficult, such as those with arthritis, braces, or a bridge, enjoy the convenience and efficiency of using a Waterpik.
Traditional flossing with a dental thread or string is a time-tested technique. You’ll probably notice there’s quite a range of material type and thickness available when choosing your floss.
This conventional method of flossing is cheap and effective—when used with the right technique, of course. Additionally, traditional floss is more portable than a water flosser and does not require an outlet or periodic maintenance. For these reasons, string floss may be easier to manage your dental health on-the-go.
Which Should You Choose?
At the end of the day, the answer hinges on personal preference. Whether you choose a water flosser, traditional floss, or a combination of both, the most important thing is that you floss daily! So we generally recommend going with the method that you’ll actually use every day.
More Oral Hygiene Questions?
If you still feel stumped about how best to incorporate flossing into your at-home dental care, contact Royal Oak Dental Group. We have locations across North Carolina. Our skilled team would be thrilled to care for your oral health and answers all your dental-related questions.October 21, 2020 9:28 pm