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Traditional Flossing or Water Flossing? What’s The Difference

Hopefully we’re beginning to understand that brushing our teeth isn’t enough to make sure you’re getting rid of all the hidden bugs and bacteria lurking beneath the gum line. In order for a complete clean flossing is a must do practice and only through flossing will we remove all the built-up plaque in hard-to-reach places.

As we live in a super, techno, modern world you might notice that just as our phones have advanced so have the ways in which we can floss – que WATER FLOSSING. (If you don’t know what water flossing is then I highly recommend you have a google before you read any further).

What Is Traditional Flossing?

Flossing is a practice designed to remove plaque and particles from beneath the teeth and gums. In most cases floss is made from waxed but in some cases non-waxed string. This string is then pulled between the teeth, c shaped around it down to the gums and then pulled out. If we don’t floss, it’s super easy for plaque to harden and become tartar which is what causes gum disease for most people. This is why flossing in some way is so important and should not be neglected.

It’s also worth noting that one huge benefit of traditional flossing is that it’s very portable and it’s not always convenient to brush out teeth after every meal, but carrying floss is super easy. Flossing after sugar or starchy meals or snacks, even the healthy ones it’s a great idea to have a quick floss afterward, not only will your mouth feel clean, but you’ll be preventing decay and gum disease.

What Is Water Flossing?

Water flossing is performed by a water flosser, which is a device that squirts water between the gaps of your teeth and thus removes plaque and particles.

Water flossers are great as they don’t use any rubbish after use, but you should keep in mind that they will need to be charged and do use water.

BUT… do water flossers work?

Well, according to the ADA, water flossers do work. They are effective at removing debris and plaque and can be a good alternative for those who seriously struggle to floss in the traditional ways.

Traditional vs Water

Now, traditional flossing is always going to be recommended by any dentist City of London as the best option for flossing. It has been proven to work for years and years and we know it helps prevent gum disease and decay. Water flossers can be a great alternative for those who struggle to floss or for those who are undergoing fixed orthodontic treatment and so can’t floss but in the first instance you should try tape flossing first and see how you get on.

If you think water flossing could be for you then you should always consult your dentist first to get their expert opinion on the matter, as with any change to your oral hygiene routine it’s best to check with those that know you.

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