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We get it, flossing can seem tedious and downright gross, so it is no wonder people are on the search for something simpler to use. Flossing removes biofilm and tartar buildup from between your teeth and has been proven to be a necessary part of oral hygiene in the efforts of reducing your risk of cavities and gum disease. However, according to a recent study, adding a Waterpik® Water Flosser to your routine may be as effective, if not more, than using string floss.
In 2005, the first-ever study was conducted that determined using a Waterpik® Water Flosser enhances the removal of plaque when used in conjunction with regular flossing.
Fast-forward to 2009, and an independent study conducted by the University of Southern California Center for Dental Biofilms confirmed the findings of the previous study. By using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), researchers were also able to demonstrate that a Waterpik® Water Flosser was 99.9% effective at removing plaque biofilms from teeth.
Another independent study in 2013 added to these studies by having test subjects use a Waterpik® Water Flosser after they brushed their teeth using a manual toothbrush. The results indicate that the test subjects had a 29% decrease in plaque biofilm than the test subjects who used string floss and brushing alone. Although some dental health care professionals believe the myth that a water flosser is not as effective as string floss, these studies conducted over the past five years prove otherwise.
Let’s take a look at how a water flosser works.
A water flosser works by delivering a pulsation and pressure strong enough to remove plaque biofilm, yet gentle enough to feel comfortable on your teeth and gums. Because of this technique, it delivers far superior results than just swishing water around in your mouth.


Is a water flosser for me?

When it comes down to it, whether you choose to use a water flosser or string floss, the goal is to be sure that you are effectively removing plaque biofilm from between your teeth and along your gum line. There is not a one-size-fits-all answer to this question. In fact, the best way to determine which flossing method is right for you is to speak with your Erie family dentist at Laser Dentistry of Erie. Every patient and their needs are different, and what works well for one patient may not work the same for others.
With that being said, if you simply do not possess the cognitive abilities to effectively floss your teeth, or if you just don’t like the idea or the grossness of it, a water flosser may be right for you.


Why cleaning between your teeth matters

As we mentioned, cleaning between your teeth is important as it removes build-up that can lead to tooth decay or gum disease. If you skip this step, it is like not cleaning 30% of your tooth’s surfaces! You would probably never wash all but several fingers on your hand. You would never think to only brush part of your hair, or wash only two-thirds of your body. The same should be true of our mouths! Make sure that you are cleaning between your teeth with whatever means works best for you, be it a water flosser or string floss.


Family Dentist in Erie

If you would like to learn more about oral hygiene or to schedule an appointment, please contact Laser Dentistry of Erie by calling (814) 825-2615.

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