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Waterpick vs Traditional Floss

water flossing machine on a bathroom counter

Flossing is often overlooked but is one of the most effective at-home practices to keep your smile clean and healthy. When it comes to floss, many people are familiar with traditional floss. However, the Waterpick flosser has gained popularity in recent years. In this blog, we will compare the two and what they offer.

Traditional Floss

Traditional flossing involves taking a piece of dental floss and gently sliding it between each tooth, moving it up and down to remove plaque and food particles. This method requires proper technique like curving the floss around each tooth in a C-shape, reaching below the gum line for a thorough clean.

Traditional floss is available in different forms, including waxed, unwaxed, flavored, and tape, catering to individual preferences.

Waterpick Flosser

A Waterpick is a device that uses a high-powered stream of water to remove plaque and debris from between the teeth and along the gumline. To use a Waterpick, fill the reservoir with warm water and adjust the pressure settings to your comfort.

Aim the tip of the Waterpick at the gum line, starting from the back teeth, and work your way to the front, gently guiding the water stream between each tooth. The pulsating action of the water helps to dislodge plaque.

Waterpick vs Traditional Floss: Which Is Better?

Both traditional flossing and using a Waterpick have their advantages. Traditional flossing is highly effective at removing plaque and debris when done correctly. It provides a hands-on approach with greater control over the flossing process.

On the other hand, a Waterpick offers convenience and ease of use, making it a popular choice for those with orthodontic appliances. It can reach areas difficult to access with traditional floss and may be gentler on sensitive gums.

Ultimately, the choice between a Waterpick and traditional floss depends on individual preference and oral health needs. Some people find that combining both methods yield the best results, as they complement each other’s strengths.

Contact Our Office to Schedule an Appointment

Flossing, whether with a Waterpick or traditional floss, is essential for maintaining optimal oral health. If you have any questions about flossing techniques or need further guidance on oral hygiene, Dr. White and our team at Trillium Dental are here to help! Contact our office to schedule an appointment and receive personalized recommendations for your dental needs.

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