Water Flossing Vs. String Flossing in Dentistry


Can water flossing replace string flossing when it comes to oral health and oral hygiene?

We all know the significance of oral hygiene for proper oral health by now.  A proper oral care routine entails brushing, flossing and using a mouthwash.  Most dentists believe that the conventional string flossing scrapes away plaque more effectively, but there are some exceptions to every rule. 

Let's see how a water flosser works.

Most water flossers have to be plugged into an electric socket.  Some are battery operated and portable so more convenient.  Water flossers also come with different sized tips to use.  You have to fill the water tank of the flosser with warm water and select a dental tip to snap on.  The flosser emits a pressurized stream of water from the tip.  The speed of the water stream can be selected from high to low.  The tip should be placed at a 90-degree angle to each space between the teeth.  While bending over a sink, allow the water to spill out of your mouth with a partially open mouth.  Use the flosser between all of your teeth.  Empty the tank and let it dry.  The wires may be a bit inconvenient to handle.  For that purpose, there are portable flossers with rechargeable or replaceable batteries.  These use smaller attached water tanks and are easy to handle and use on the go.

There are also many power flossers available with a vibrating nylon tip.  There is no need to use water in this flosser.  That eliminates the mess that water might create and is hence easy to carry during travel.  Power flossers are battery operated and come with disposable tips.  The vibratory motion created by the tip removes debris and plaque from between the teeth.  

The advantages of water flossing over sting flossing are controversial.  Some dentists still believe in string flossing and say that a water jet cannot eliminate as much plaque and debris as a string.  Nevertheless, using a water flosser is still better than not flossing at all!

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