Can a Water Pick Replace Flossing?

There are countless products on the market today for cleaning your teeth and maintaining oral healthcare at home. Just visit your local grocery store or drug store and you will see many brands and types of toothbrushes, flosses and mouthwashes. It can be very difficult to determine which products will work best for your teeth. With some products costing hundreds of dollars, it’s important to know as much as you can about the product that you are purchasing.


Dr. Nazilla Bidabadi and the entire professional staff at Soft Touch Dentistry are happy to offer advice and guidance when it comes to your at-home oral care routine. One product on the market now that is rising in popularity is the use of a water pick. A water pick resembles an electronic toothbrush and is attached to a water reserve tank that can sit on your bathroom countertop.


Also known as water flossers, water picks work by blasting water through your teeth with the intent to remove hard to reach debris and bacteria from the farthest corners of your mouth. It is designed after the rinsing devices used by your dentist and hygienist during your professional teeth cleanings.


Water picks can be effective tools to supplement your at-home dental care routine. However it is important to realize that despite their nickname, water picks do not replace the value of flossing. Flossing is one of the most neglected at home dental care steps, but is also one of the most important towards maintaining the health of your teeth and gums.


Water picks may be helpful solutions for patients with tender gums, gingivitis or that wear braces. However, it is still very important to floss in order to remove all of the food particles and pockets of germs that are living rightly between your teeth and along the gum line.

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