Has water flossing replaced traditional flossing for good? Continue reading to learn the benefits of water flossing and the best way to use a water flosser to achieve a deep clean. If you have any additional questions about water flossing and what the best practice for your teeth is, reach out to our experienced dental team.
What are the benefits of using a water flosser?
- Water flossing deep cleans the teeth and gums: Water flossing offers deep cleaning which is why so many dentists recommend water flossers. This is especially true for individuals who have experienced gum disease. Water flossers clean your teeth deeply because they are able to penetrate the periodontal pockets and remove any food or plaque found between the teeth.
- Water flossing is ideal for braces: If you have any form of braces including Invisalign or other orthodontic appliances, it can be difficult to floss with a traditional flosser. Using a water flosser with a jet stream can clean your teeth behind the wires of your braces. This practice will flush out any particles that may form between the teeth efficiently.
- Water flossing improves gum health: This practice allows you to remove plaque and food debris from hard to reach places which can prevent gum-related diseases like gingivitis
- Water flosses are less abrasive: Using water floss over traditional floss is a great choice because water flosses are very gentle, especially in comparison to traditional floss. Water flosses are also less likely to irritate your gums.
How to Properly Use a Water Flosser
It is best to use a water flosser before and after brushing your teeth. It is important to know that a water flosser does not replace your toothbrush. To begin using a water flosser, you will first fill your water flosser’s reservoir with lukewarm water. Next, you will lean over the sink and put the flosser tip in your mouth. Turn on the flosser and hold the handle at a 90-degree angle. It is best to start at the back of your teeth and work towards the front. Another pointer to keep in mind is to focus on the top of your teeth and the gum line as well as the spaces between each tooth. Floss for generally two minutes to achieve a deep clean.
Contact The Dental Associates of Basking Ridge
Dental Associates of Basking Ridge is a compassionate, gentle, and professional state-of-the-art dental practice serving Basking Ridge, Morris & Somerset County. Our office is always ready to greet our patients with a smile, take the time to answer any questions, and provide the quality dental services our patients expect. Please contact us to schedule an appointment. We look forward to serving you!