You know how important it is to keep your teeth clean. You brush at least twice a day, floss at least once a day, and visit your dentist at least twice a year. You have seen those Waterpik devices at the store, and now you may be wondering – would it be better to use a Waterpik instead of the old-fashioned dental floss?
What is a Waterpik?
Waterpiks have been around for over 50 years, but only in the past couple of decades have they started to really get popular. These “water flossers” use a gentle stream of water to clean teeth, with a power setting and water temperature you can adjust.
What are the benefits of a Waterpik?
Studies show that using a Waterpik (or other type of water flossing device) is a very effective way of reducing plaque and gingivitis, because it can remove bacteria from places regular floss can’t reach. Waterpiks are easy to use (especially if you have dexterity issues, which can make it difficult to floss properly) and can get in between tightly spaced teeth and other hard-to-floss areas.
They are also a great addition to your dental hygiene routine if you have dental implants, and they make it easier to keep your teeth clean if you have braces or other orthodontic appliances. Water flossing devices are also very gentle and good for people with very sensitive gums.
So which is better – water flossing or regular flossing?
Waterpiks do have their benefits; however, regular flossing is a good way to thoroughly clean each tooth and in between them. So, the answer is – do both! If a water flosser is within your budget, it would be a great addition to your dental care routine, a routine that includes frequent flossing.
There is no such thing as keeping your teeth “too clean.” Both water flossing and regular flossing can help! If you have any questions about taking care of your teeth, or if it’s time for a cleaning appointment, contact Arlington Dental Aesthetics or South Riding Smiles. Call the Arlington office at (703) 214-3183 or the South Riding office at (703) 214-3185.