At SmileUP Dentistry we recommend using a flosser twice a day before or after you brush your teeth. You are probably familiar with traditional flosser tools such as string floss and dental picks. Some patients prefer water flossers because it is easier to clean hard-to-reach areas. Find out why water flossers might be right for you:
- Removes Plaque
Preventing cavities and gum disease begins by removing plaque after each day. Plaque is a sticky film filled with bacteria that sits on your teeth. After you eat, sugars turn into acids that break-down the enamel on your teeth– your tooth’s shield of amour. Studies have shown that using a water flosser can remove plaque biofilm. Its effectiveness can be attributed to the 1,200 pulsations per minute that attach the plaque on your teeth.
- Prevents Gum Disease
When plaque changes from a sticky substance to a hard tartar, it covers the surface of your tooth and becomes difficult to remove. Tartar build-up can irritate your gums leaving them swollen, red, and bleeding. This is the beginning stage of gum disease. The pressure pulsing from the water flosser can lose stuck-on plaque and protect your mouth from gum disease.
- Protects on Implants and Braces
There is a greater risk of developing a cavity or gum disease while wearing an orthodontic appliance such as braces. This is because food and bacteria get trapped between the teeth in places that are hard to reach with your toothbrush or floss. Water flossers offer a gentle, yet effective alternative to string or pick floss. Additionally, a water flosser can protect your implant from plaque and reduce gum bleeding.
- Produces an Easier, Deeper Clean
A water flosser can reach deeper into the pockets than a sting or pick flosser producing a deeper, fresher, clean. Additionally, a water flosser requires less intricate movements. As an easier alternative to using a traditional flosser, a water flosser only needs water and a minute or two. Moreover, water flossers are a more sustainable investment compared to traditional floss that is thrown-away after one use.
Do you use a water flosser? Let us know about your experience below! For more information about flossing, or to schedule an appointment, call SmileUP Dentistry at (940)-218-9110.