Does Water Flossing Work?

Does Water Flossing Work?

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We know we’re supposed to floss every day, but the truth is that many people find traditional flossing a hassle. Just think about how many times you’ve dreaded your dentist asking you how often you floss! While the thought of using dental floss or thread may seem like a chore (or a bore) there’s another alternative out there: water flossing!

What Is a Water Flosser?

A water flosser is an electronic device that sprays water around your teeth, removing food particles and plaque. In addition to brushing, water flossing is a great way to clean your teeth. And it doesn’t hurt that some people think it’s more fun and exciting than regular flossing. We support anything that helps motivate people to keep their teeth healthy!

Are They Effective?

Water flossers have been shown to be effective at reducing gingivitis. There is still some debate about whether string floss or water flossers are better for your oral health.

Are They Safe?

Yes, water picks are safe. Just make sure they have the ADA Seal of Acceptance, and you’re good to go. If you’re not sure which water flosser to buy, talk to your dentist and ask for their input. They might have a recommendation for you based on your unique dental situation.

Who Can Use a Water Flosser?

Water flossers are safe for most adults. They are especially great for people with braces or dental work who have a hard time flossing the traditional way. They’re also a good, gentle alternative for patients with sensitive gums that might bleed with string floss. Consult your child’s dentist before letting them use a water flosser.

Come Visit Us Every 6 Months

Brushing and flossing is so important to maintaining your dental health, but it’s not everything. Remember to schedule a cleaning every six months to keep your mouth in tip-top shape. Give our office a call to set up a cleaning appointment today! We have three convenient locations in Omaha and Elkhorn. Hope to see you soon!

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