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Flossing is a daily essential to oral health because it removes food particles and plaque from between the teeth. When there is less dental waste in the crevices of your teeth, the chances of tooth decay and gum disease dramatically decrease. It has been clinically proven repeatedly that flossing is an important daily routine, but what do experts say about water flossing?

Water flossing is a form of flossing that utilizes electricity to squirt highly pressurized streams of water in between your teeth. A tool called the pick is connected to a tank of water by a flexible water tube. The pick is moved across the bottom of the gum line and in between teeth to remove plaque.

For overall mouth cleanliness, water flossers are more efficient than string floss. They are able to provide a thorough rinse to obscure crevices in the mouth such as places in between teeth, the bases of teeth, and the gums. Water flossers are also superior to string floss for cleaning teeth with braces. They are able to clean under and around metal brackets, decreasing orthodontic plaque.

String flossing is a more healthy approach for cleaning in between the teeth. The stiff fibers of string floss fully scrub the teeth and remove plaque very efficiently. Dentists and the American Dental Association (the ADA) have always recommended string flossing for its incomparable power efficiency.

In February of 2017, however, the first water flossers received the American Dental Association’s seal of approval because they “have shown efficiency for removing plaque along the gumline and between teeth and for helping to prevent and reduce gingivitis.” They are produced by Waterpik. Progress is being made in water flossing so they can be used as a replacement for string flossing, but it still may not be as efficient as traditional flossing.

To find out the best flossing tools to use on your teeth, contact The Dental Studio on 30th at 505.592.0477 and schedule an appointment.