Plaque is basically the bane of your mouth’s existence. This sticky film can accumulate on your teeth and lead to issues like cavities and sore, puffy gums. Is a water flosser the best way to prevent grody plaque from building up between your teeth?
Blasting your teeth with an appliance seems like a good idea in theory, but you might be wondering if there’s any point in buying a water flosser when you can use regular ol’ string floss. We talked to oral health experts for the answer.
Just like string floss, a water flosser cleans between your teeth.
Removing little bits of gunk from your teeth is super important. When you allow food and drink particles to stew in your mouth, the resulting plaque releases acids that harm your enamel (the tough external portion of your teeth), according to the American Dental Association (ADA). These acids can eventually drill cavities into your teeth and cause gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease.
Here are signs a water flosser might be good for you:
- You’re not diligent about using the correct flossing technique with string, so you could be leaving a lot of food behind. Shoving the string into each crevice, yanking it out, and moving on doesn’t cut it.
You’re supposed to insert the floss, then use a C shape to scrape the string down bothteeth, one after the other. You’re also supposed to floss the back sides of your last teeth, FYI. If you’d rather do your taxes than follow these steps, a water flosser might be better for you.
You have dental or orthodontic work that makes it tricky to floss traditionally, like braces or a permanent retainer of some sort.
Your teeth aren’t super straight. If you have trouble running floss back and forth between them, a water flosser could make your life easier, Mark S. Wolff, D.D.S., Ph.D., dean at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, tells SELF.
You hate traditional flossing. Perhaps you’re not a fan of extracting chewed up bits of food from your mouth. Maybe every time you do it, you wonder if you have 357 teeth because getting between them all takes forever.
Whatever the case may be, some people have serious enough mental blocks when it comes to traditional flossing that it prevents them from doing it regularly. If a water flosser seems more appealing to you, it can definitely be an excellent option.
If you would have questions about Water Flosser, come see your local Scottsdale Dentist, Dr. Kathi Mansell.