Do water flossers work?

do water flossers work

Looking to keep your pearly whites shiny?

Thinking about water flossers?

Are they better than string floss?

Do they work? What do they even do?

We’ve written this article to answer these questions. Water flossers aren’t just some marketing gimmick. They are extraordinarily effective. They’re ideal for any individual.  And this includes those with braces, sensitive gums, or who just can’t get the hang of string floss.

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Water Flosser vs Electric Toothbrush

water flosser vs electric toothbrush

Taking care of one’s teeth is essential for overall good health. Choosing the right teeth cleaning method is therefore vital.

Some people have started to consider using a water flosser instead of an electric toothbrush. Both of these units serve the same purpose: to clean your teeth. But there’s a distinct difference between the two that actually means you should be using both.

This article takes a more in-depth look at both devices. We’ll review each device’s pros and cons as well. This guide should help you decide which of the two devices you should be using, or whether it should be both.

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What is Expanding Floss?

expanding floss

Various types of floss provide unique benefits to people who have specific needs. Expanding Floss is no exception. It’s designed more for individuals whose teeth are crowded too closely together. 

People whose teeth are too close together often struggle in finding a floss that’s thin enough. When they do, they often realize that the thin floss doesn’t clean all the surfaces effectively. This leads to them spending more time than they need to with flossing.

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What are floss sticks?

floss sticks

Floss sticks are individual plastic pieces with a small amount of floss threaded through the opening. They’re commonly referred to as floss picks.

There are different kinds of floss sticks and they come in two main shapes: flat and curved.

Flat floss picks look like a harp, but are harder to use for the back of your mouth. For that reason, most people prefer curved floss picks.

Curved floss sticks are notably more efficient than flat ones. They’re really the kind of floss picks you should be looking at since they’re designed to reach all mouth parts without any hassle. Long-handled floss sticks that have disposable floss tips do an excellent job at cleaning between the teeth properly.

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Waterpik vs Flossing

waterpik vs flossing

Its a well known fact.  Flossing is an important part of oral health.

We know this because the dentist tells us so during every visit.  The American Dental Association recommends flossing once a day.  And  studies show a big reduction in gingivitis in those who flossed and brushed rather than just brushing.

And flossing is the only way to fully clean plaque out of those hard-to-reach tight spots between the teeth and the gums. In fact, flossing is said to do about 40% of the work needed to remove that sticky bacterial film from your teeth.  And this is important because plaque generates acid that can cause cavities and gum disease.

So you heard it here:

Brushing alone really isn’t enough!

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Pros and Cons of Using Waxed Floss

waxed dental floss

Floss is not only meant to remove plaque and food particles from your gum lines and teeth but also to help stimulate your gums.

You can even massage your gums first before flossing to make it more efficient. You’ll come across multiple types of dental floss. Waxed dental floss is among the most popular.

This floss offers numerous advantages. The slick coating makes it possible to use the floss in many different ways. However, this thick floss can prove unsuitable for some people due to their teeth’s configuration. It’s best to find a floss thickness that can be used safely depending on how close together your teeth are.

We’ll discuss both the pros and cons of using waxed floss in this article. It should primarily help determine whether this floss type is right for you.

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Alternatives to Dental Floss

alternative to dental floss

Flossing is one of those things that you always say you should  do, but never get around to actually doing.

Or you start doing it and quickly fall out of the habit. It’s a shame because dental experts and organizations emphasize the importance of flossing regularly. Flossing is just about the only way you can really effectively remove plaque from your teeth. Brushing alone only cleans about 60% of your teeth, leaving everything you missed just sitting there.

We understand that not everyone likes flossing. Some people find it horrible to imagine sticking a piece of string between their teeth and rubbing away. It can also prove to be a time-consuming activity.

Which is why in this piece, we’ll dig deeper into healthy alternatives to dental flossing. They won’t be ranked against each other because, honestly, as long as you’re doing something its a step in the right direction!

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