If you often have problems with your teeth – perhaps your dentist says they aren’t getting clean enough with your home care routine – you may be considering getting a Waterpik to use instead of your regular floss. Which one should you be using? Here is some information about using the Waterpik versus old-fashioned floss.
What are the benefits of using a Waterpik?
Waterpiks have been around for half a century but have only started to be widely used in the past couple of decades. They are fairly inexpensive and are easy to find at your local drug store. They are easy to use; they are like “water flossers,” a gentle stream of water that can clean teeth, with adjustable water temperature and power level for your comfort.
Waterpiks are good for people who have joint problems in the hands such as arthritis, which can cause dexterity issues that make regular flossing difficult, if not impossible. They also provide a thorough clean if you have dental implants, and they are helpful if you have orthodontic appliances such as braces, which can be difficult to clean around. They are also good to use for people with very sensitive gums.
Studies have shown that water flossing devices are very effective at removing plaque, bacteria, and debris from teeth, especially from places that are difficult to reach with regular flossing and toothbrushing.
Should I switch to a Waterpik?
Although there are many benefits to using a Waterpik, regular flossing has its benefits, too. Flossing provides a thorough cleaning of the surface of teeth and the space between them. So, why not do both? If a Waterpik is within your budget, it will make a great addition to a dental care routine, especially if you are worried your teeth aren’t getting clean enough with just your regular brushing and flossing.
Regular flossing, using a Waterpik, and brushing often are great ways to keep your smile healthy. And don’t forget to schedule your regular checkup at Soft Touch Dentistry as well! Call for an appointment today, at either the Brighton Office at (617) 782-9250 or the Newton Office at (617) 332-8146.