Many people know they need to be better about flossing, and there are others who simply don’t floss at all. It’s just one of those things people don’t like to do it! That’s why water flossing is so attractive. It seems like an easier, faster alternative to flossing that is worth the investment, right? But before you get too invested, consider whether water flossing can actually replace your traditional floss…
When you include flossing in your regular dental routine, you are removing the food debris that so easily gets trapped between your teeth. Sure, brushing does some of this, but there are many small places that your floss can reach and your toothbrush cannot. The American Dental Association encourages flossing once a day as an essential part of your oral health.
Water flossing is a device that uses a thin jet of water that sprays between your teeth and along your gum line to remove food and debris. There are a few water flossing products on the market, but one of the most well-known is the Waterpik. In fact, the brand has received an award, the ADA Seal of Acceptance, from the American Dental Association for the effectiveness of the tool.
So, is the Waterpik a better alternative to the traditional fine cord that is maneuvered between your teeth to do the same job?
Flossing is cheap, but it does require some practice to get it right, and patience to maintain the habit every day. In some instances, it may be uncomfortable. The Waterpik is much pricier than traditional floss, but it is easy to use and can get to hard-to-reach areas that you might not be able to get to with floss. If you have braces, you may want to consider the Waterpik as an alternative to traditional floss as it has been found to be much easier to use.
To answer the question, yes, you can replace traditional flossing with a Waterpik. Both will be beneficial to the health of your mouth as you do them correctly and regularly. However, it is a good idea to discuss the pros and cons with your dentist as they pertain to your individual dental needs and then decide which is best for you.
Before you try to find free dental clinics or free emergency dental care, which may be difficult and stressful to find during an emergency, you should do everything within your power to keep your teeth healthy (like regularly flossing). This will help you to avoid the need for emergency of free services if you are not in a position to pay for them.
Even if you have dental insurance and are capable of paying any amount of dental bill, save yourself the time, hassle, and discomfort of unnecessary dental work by taking the time to brush and floss properly and regularly. Part of avoiding unnecessary work is by regularly receiving dentist care from a good dentist in your area.
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