Water Floss or String Floss?
The American Dental Association strongly recommends flossing at least once a day. Toothbrush bristles aren’t small enough to clean between the teeth. Many patients ask Dr. Kuo whether a water flosser can be used instead of a traditional string floss.
Water flossers are generally NOT considered a substitute for brushing and flossing. It does reduce bacteria on your teeth and even below the gumline, but it does NOT remove plaque. A water flosser may be a good option for you if you have trouble flossing by hand or have dental work that makes flossing difficult. Such as braces, bridges, crowns, and implants.
If you have a hard time handling dental floss, try a floss holder. Or if plain dental floss gets stuck in your teeth, try a waxed variety. Other options might include small brushes designed to clean between the teeth.
Both Waterpiks and traditional flossing are good ways to take care of teeth and gums, in addition to brushing. Either way is acceptable, as long as you do a thorough job. The best dental hygiene routine is the one you'll stick with daily.
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to ask Dr. Kuo to help you determine the best option for you.
Brian Y. Kuo DDS FAGD
🦷 Good dental hygiene requires routine professional cleanings!