Both traditional dental floss and water flossing are effective ways to thoroughly clean the spaces between your teeth that a toothbrush can’t reach.
Dental floss is guided by your fingers to reach contact between teeth and under the gums. To effectively use dental floss, guide the floss to make a “C” shape around the side of the tooth – like the floss is hugging it. Dental floss and handheld flossers are both effective as long as you can reach all of your teeth.
A water flosser is a powered flossing tool that uses water pressure to clean the spaces between teeth and under the gums. It’s long head is very easy to handle, making it a breeze to reach all areas of the mouth.
There are pros and cons to each flossing method, but the most important habit to keep would be daily flossing, however you find it best.
Dental Floss Pros
- Easy to travel with
- Very inexpensive
- Comes in different thickness and types for your unique smile
- Effective tool for removing plaque and food from between teeth
Dental Floss Cons
- May be hard to gain the proper technique
- May be hard to reach all areas of the mouth
- May “pop” between your teeth or be hard to guide between teeth
Water Flosser Pros
- Very easy to access all teeth
- Comes with different speeds for sensitivity
- Can mix water with mouthwash for a fresh feeling
- Can work in a specific area for as long as needed – such as a deep pocket
Water Flosser Cons
- May take counter space
- May cause sensitivity in the gums due to water pressure
- May cause gum recession if improperly used