While many dental patients use string floss to clean out food debris and Interdental plaque, water flossing is helpful in these ways too. In fact, we have found that an effective way to clean the teeth is to brush twice daily, use a string floss, and back up the whole effort with a water flossing device. The information below will demonstrate why it is a good idea to incorporate all three activities in your dental routine.
Why Brushing, Regular Flossing, and Water Flossing Should Be Combined
When you brush your teeth, you get rid of surface plaque and any acids that can erode the enamel and cause decay. Regular flossing allows you to loosen the food debris and scrape away the dental plaque that clings to the teeth. The water flossing device rinses away the debris and plaque, which leads to much cleaner teeth.
Is Water Flossing and String Flossing Equally Good Oral Hygiene Methods?
While you should always use string floss to scrape away plaque and loosen food debris, you still need to use a water flosser to rinse it all away. According to one study featured by the National Institutes of Health, water flossers experienced almost a 75% reduction in plaque in the mouth while string flossers has about a 57% reduction. Therefore, using the water flosser about 30% more efficient for getting rid of mouth plaque overall. Moreover, water flossers were able to remove plaque from the facial, lingual, and marginal regions than string flossers. As you can see, you can ramp up tooth care by adding a water flossing device to your regular routine of brushing and flossing. The soft pressure of the water will rinse away the acids and plaque that otherwise remain on the teeth and are not fully removed. If you want an improved smile, we are here to help you achieve your goals. Give us a call for an assessment and cleaning today!