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The most important part of dental health maintenance isn’t what your dentist does—it’s what you do every day when you brush and floss your teeth. And all you really need is a multi-tufted, soft bristle toothbrush, toothpaste, a roll of dental floss—plus a little effort from your hands and fingers.

Of course, manual power isn’t your only option—an electric or battery-powered toothbrush is a convenient and, for people with strength or dexterity issues, a necessary way to remove disease-causing plaque from tooth surfaces. You have a similar option with flossing—a water flosser.

Although water flossers (or oral irrigators) have been around since the early 1960s, they’ve become more efficient and less expensive in recent years. A water flosser delivers a pulsating stream of pressurized water between the teeth through a handheld device that resembles a power toothbrush, but with a special tip. The water action loosens plaque and then flushes it away.

While the convenience these devices provide over traditional flossing is a major selling point, they’re also quite beneficial for people with special challenges keeping plaque from accumulating between teeth. People wearing braces or other orthodontic devices, for example, may find it much more difficult to effectively maneuver thread floss around their hardware. Water flossing can be an effective alternative.

But is water flossing a good method for removing between-teeth plaque? If performed properly, yes. A 2008 study, for example, reviewed orthodontic patients who used water flossing compared to those only brushing. The study found that those using water flossing were able to remove five times as much plaque as the non-flossing group.

If you’re considering water flossing over traditional flossing thread, talk with your dental hygienist. He or she can give you advice on purchasing a water flosser, as well as how to use the device for optimum performance. It could be a great and more convenient way to keep plaque from between your teeth and harming your dental health.

If you would like more information on water flossing, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cleaning between Your Teeth: How Water Flossing can help.”

By Robert L. Wyler DDS, SC
November 16, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Flossing  

If you brush your teeth twice a day every day and visit your dentist, Robert L. Wyler DDS, SC, in Waukesha, WI twice yearly like you should, is flossing really necessary? The truth is, it is. Here are three reasons why you need to make flossing a regular part of your daily routine, starting today.Flossing

1. Regular Flossing Protects Your Teeth

While brushing your teeth is effective in getting rid of the majority of the germs and food particles on your teeth, it doesn't get rid of all of them. Germs and food particles also like to hide between the teeth in the small spaces your toothbrush cannot reach. Using floss is the best way to get these tiny offenders out of your mouth and to save your teeth from getting cavities.

2. Regular Flossing Protects Your Gums

Flossing doesn't just protect your teeth; it also helps protect your gums. When germs and food particles are allowed to build up in between your teeth, next to your gum line, they can cause inflammation and gingivitis. Routine flossing is the best way to protect this from happening. Otherwise, you may need to visit your dentist in Waukesha, WI for gingivitis treatment before you know it.

3. Regular Flossing Can Save You Time and Money

Not only is routine flossing quick and inexpensive, but it can actually save you time and money as well. Flossing doesn't just get rid of germs and food particles. It also reduces your risk for cavities, discoloration and a plethora of other health conditions. Floss daily and your chances of needing to see a doctor or dentist for the treatment of these conditions goes down, potentially saving you plenty of time and money.

Brushing and visiting your dentist in Waukesha, WI are two important steps you need to take for good oral hygiene, but they simply aren't enough on their own. You also need to floss every day as well.

If you've neglected to brush and floss regularly and it has affected your oral health, call your Waukesha, WI dentist, Dr. Wyler for an appointment today.