A lot of people think flossing their teeth doesn’t really do much to improve their oral health, mostly because they don’t get much instant gratification from it like they do from brushing. The truth is, flossing helps to remove the sticky bacteria known as plaque from your teeth. Plaque can have some harsh effects on your oral health, like generating acid that causes cavities, irritates your gums, and can end up leading to gum disease.
Every tooth in your mouth has five surfaces. Brushing can only reach three of them, which means if you don’t floss, you are not cleaning two of your teeth’s surfaces. Ideally, people should floss twice a day for optimum oral hygiene. However, that might be a bit too much to ask from people who never floss. If you’re only going to floss once a day, the best time to do it is at night before you sleep. That way, you remove all the food particles and bacteria that have have accumulated throughout the day, stuck between your teeth before going to sleep. Sleeping with a bunch of food and bacteria in your mouth all night allows plaque more time to harden and form tartar, which only a dentist can get rid of. Aside from that, not flossing before bed is a big contributor to bad morning breath.
Thanks to technology, there is more than one way to floss. Aside from the standard string floss, there is now the option to use something called a water floss, which may be even more effective at eliminating all the junk between your teeth than strong floss, to keep your mouth nice and clean.
What is makes the best water flosser
A water flosser is a small, electronic, handheld device that sprays water in pressured pulses in order to clean your teeth and gum line of plaque, food debris, and bacteria. The water sprays at a force strong enough to clean between your teeth; it has the same function as traditional floss.
Water flossing is said to be very effective at eliminating plaque and food debris in your mouth. As well, there are other reasons to use a water flosser. Those who have trouble flossing with traditional floss or people with braces or permanent bridges will likely find it easier to clean between their teeth with a water flosser. Traditional floss has the potential to damage dental implants as well. Individuals with sensitive gums who are deterred from flossing because their gums swell and bleed can use a water flosser, as it won’t cause inflammation.
Is a water flosser better than string floss?
There has been a lot of debate about whether water flossers can clean teeth as effectively as string floss, with no conclusive evidence either way. Some dentists say that flossing with string floss is superior because it removes more plaque from your teeth. They claim the scraping motion that happens with string floss is the key to removing the most plaque.
However, the American Dental Association (ADA) has given many water flossers their seal of approval saying that they safety and effectively remove cavity-causing plaque from your teeth. A clinical study also suggests that water flossers remove more plaque than string floss. The study concluded that water flossing is 29 percent more effective than string floss at plaque removal based on the results from 70 adults who participated. While that is just one study, it may point in the direction that water flossers beat string floss in effectiveness.
It seems that the way to get your teeth the cleanest is to use both string floss and a water flosser. First you use the string floss scrape the plaque from your teeth. Then you finish with a water flosser to clean away all the plaque and reach places that string floss may not have gotten to.
It is evident by the amount of people who do not floss at all that people find traditional flossing unpleasant, enough to ignore their dentist’s recommendation to floss every day. Suggesting that people use both string floss and a water flosser seems absurd, then. That being said, perhaps those who refuse to floss with string floss will find their way to flossing through a water flosser, effectively leading to more people flossing. Water flossers are known to be quicker and more comfortable to use than standard floss.
Water flossers do have some mild disadvantages. They take up space on the bathroom counter. They require electricity. Even the portable kind aren’t as portable as floss. They cost a lot more money than string floss. There is also a learning curve—the early stages of water flossing can be a bit messy as water sprays around your bathroom.
Regardless of which kind of flossing you choose to do, you probably should be flossing at least once a day, as mentioned, ideally right before you go to sleep for the night.
Find the best water flosser – features and benefits
There are important things to consider when buying a water flosser. The first is brand. If a brand does not have a seal of approval by the ADA, it may not be effective. Waterpik has become a household name in the water flossing world, much like Hoover is for vacuums. They have a variety of options, differing in size and features. The Waterpik Aquarius has topped consumer reports in the last years and gets rave reviews from many Amazon users. The Philips Sonicare AirFloss Rechargeable Electric Flosser also receives great reviews.
Regardless of the brand of water flosser you choose, once you know it has been approved by the ADA, you can begin thinking about other important features. Size and portability are things that should be considered. Some are battery operated and cordless, while others require and outlet. Some are larger with big tanks for many uses, and others are smaller. Your bathroom counter space and how you much you travel will likely contribute to your preferences here. If you do have the space for a larger water flosser, the convenience of not having to fill of the tank so often influences people to purchase a larger option.
Adjustable pressure settings are one of the most sought after features in a water flosser. A more powerful water jet has the ability to provide a more thorough cleaning, but a soft setting can be a bit more comfortable. It might be nice to have the option to choose day by day which you prefer. Many portable water flossers come with less pressure settings if they have any options at all.
Even more features, like interchangeable tips (for multiple users), timers to keep track of how long to floss each area of the mouth, and adjustable nozzles, might be worth considering as well, depending on what you are looking for in a water flosser.