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Water Flossers and Water Flossing

Posted on 3/20/2023 by Nancy Shiba DDS
Water Flossers and Water FlossingWater flossing is a method of cleaning the spaces between teeth and along the gum line. Cleaning between the teeth has never been easier than using a water flosser, a handheld device that sprays water in the form of pulses. Water is used to clean between the teeth just as efficiently as regular dental floss.

Many different models exist, but they all have the same essential parts: a water tank, an electric pump, and a narrow nozzle for cleaning between the teeth. The motor and pump push water from the reservoir through the nozzle and into the interdental space, removing debris and germs.

The Advantages of Water Flossing

The ADA has determined that water flossers are a safe and effective way to remove plaque from teeth; hence they have awarded them their Seal of Acceptance. When plaque, a sticky film, forms on your teeth, it can lead to cavities and gum disease.

Water flossers with ADA's acceptance seal can be used to treat gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease, which can manifest everywhere in the mouth, including the interdental areas. Water flossers can be helpful for people who have trouble flossing their teeth the traditional way. People who have had a dental procedure, like braces or a permanent or fixed bridge, that makes flossing difficult may also find that a water flosser is easier to use.

When Is the Best Time to Use Water Flossers?

It is recommended that optimal dental care include setting aside time every day to focus on interdental cleaning. Additionally, you should see the dentist regularly and brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes.

Contact us immediately if you have questions or concerns about your teeth. We are here for you Monday through Friday in case of a dental condition or emergency.

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