Flossing is incredibly important to the removal of food and debris located in the teeth. Without regular flossing, it is extremely likely for a person to generate gingivitis and the bleeding of the gums. In addition to brushing, it’s very important to make flossing a priority to keep a healthy, happy smile. It can seem time consuming, but its important to understand the powerful benefits that this simple act contains. Many ask if traditional floss or water flossing is more beneficial, and we are happy to discuss both.
Traditional floss can come waxed or plain, and you can even get flavored floss if you wish! For proper flossing, you want to take a strand of floss about 10 inches long and wind it between two of your fingers. Go between each one of your teeth all the way to the gum line and make sure you are getting in between each tooth (especially the ones in the back- this is where it is very easy for food and debris to remain in your teeth!). You may need to get a new piece of floss to finish up.
Waterpiks are a great alternative to traditional flossing. This is a tool that sends a steady stream of water into your mouth and can go between each tooth to get rid of debris. Most water piks come with several different attachments to generate a precise water pressure for your comfort level. The slight pressure massages the soft tissue in the gums to help reduce the risk of gingivitis. Most people find the steady water stream very refreshing, and the device is extremely easy for regular use. Simply point the flosser tip between your teeth and along the gumline and watch the water flosser do the rest. It only takes a minute a day and can be done with just one hand. The water flosser removes the plaque and debris lurking deep between teeth and below the gumline, where it’s hard to reach with traditional brushing and flossing. Some even find it easier to reach the back teeth for an even cleaner smile!
Overall, while both methods of flossing have their benefits, the best kind of floss is one that meets your preference. As most Americans do not floss at all, flossing with either a water flosser or traditional floss already puts you and your smile in a healthy space! We advise to use both and see which you find more comfortable. Your smile will thank you!