Waterpik or Dental Floss?

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waterpik or dental flossWe all know that we need to brush and floss daily in order to keep up with proper dental hygiene.  Many people have wondered which is a better way to floss: waterpik or dental floss?  Each method has some pros and cons, listed below.

Dental Floss

Using traditional string dental floss may be what most of us are used to.  It is an affordable and quick way to remove food particles that a toothbrush cannot reach. It is also easily accessible from any pharmacy or grocery store and can be done anywhere.  These are the pros. Some cons of string dental floss are that it is still difficult to reach some areas of the mouth.  It can also be difficult to handle for some people. It may also worsen or cause gum sensitivity.

Water Picking

This method of flossing is also known as water flossing. It uses a special machine that directs a stream of water into the mouth and gums. Rather than scraping the teeth to remove plaque, it uses water pressure to massage the gums and push the food away from the teeth.

The pros of water picking are that it is easy to use, especially for people with braces or other permanent dental work. The massage action can also improve gum health and reach areas that can’t e reached with regular string floss.  Some cons of water picking are that they can be expensive to purchase and more inconvenient to store.  It requires electricity and water, so it is not as easy to use on the go as dental floss.

No mater which method you choose, just be sure you do floss.  It is important to floss daily to avoid more serious mouth and health problems. If it is painful for you to floss you should check with your dentist and see what they would recommend.

Read more about flossing and water picking and how to properly do both here: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/315992.php

 

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