Is a Water Flosser Better Than String Floss?

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Water Flosser

Water flossers, also known as oral irrigators, offer several benefits. They help to remove plaque and food particles from in between teeth, their pressure can be adjusted to account for gum sensitivity, and they offer a useful solution for people with braces or dental bridges, which can make flossing with string impossible. But are they better than string floss? That depends entirely on the individual.

Is a water flosser more effective for people with certain types of orthodontics? Yes. Can a water flosser be helpful for people with gum sensitivity? Yes. Does this mean that I should go buy a water flosser? Not unless you need to.

String floss may actually be more effective at removing plaque and bacteria, and is certainly a more cost-effective option. Water flossers offer some unique benefits and can help to optimize your oral health when used in conjunction with string floss, but needn’t be used to replace traditional options under most circumstances. During your next visit to our Hoboken office, we can carefully evaluate your teeth and gums, listen to any questions you have about water flossing vs. string flossing, and help you choose the best option for your specific needs.

National Flossing Day

The day after Thanksgiving is National Flossing Day. This day offers a great opportunity to reflect on your flossing habits and make a commitment to incorporate it into your daily oral hygiene routine. Flossing, either with an oral irrigator or string floss, helps to prevent serious oral health issues including halitosis, tooth decay, pulp chamber infection, and gum disease. Performed just once daily this habit can have a profound impact on your oral health and beauty – and help reduce the amount of time you spend in our office getting your teeth cleaned.

If it has been longer than six months since your last dental visit, call our Hoboken office at 201-792-9400 to set up an appointment today. During this visit, we can discuss your flossing habits and help you optimize your daily routine to keep your teeth and gums healthy for years to come.