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Purpose of a water flosser

Posted on 10/24/2022 by Dr. Nick Raptou
Purpose of a water flosserWater flossers are at-home oral hygiene machines that use a stream of water to remove plaque, food particles, and microorganisms from between our teeth and beneath our gum lines. Flossing is an essential part of oral hygiene since it can reach surfaces that your toothbrush may not reach. Reports suggest that individuals using traditional floss experience gum irritation unlike those using a water flosser.

Water flosser against traditional floss

You may simply consider using a water flosser for your daily flossing. This helps in preventing a build-up of plaque that results in tartar causing gum diseases.

When you have braces, food will generally stall behind sections and make it hard to flush out. Water flossers are ideal for getting to those hard-to-reach areas where food particles hide unlike when using traditional floss.

If you have developed gum disease our dentist may recommend a water flosser since it's able to offer deep cleaning into your tooth pockets. Traditional floss may not reach your periodontal pockets thus leaving bacteria in your tooth.

Water flossers are also ideal for oral health improvement since their ability to remove plaque and bacteria build up in your tooth. By doing so regularly, you reduce the risks of developing gum diseases and gingivitis.

How frequently can you use a water flosser?

You need to floss at least twice a day. By doing so you minimize your chances of developing gum diseases. Flossing should be done right before brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride protects your teeth from decay and makes your enamel more resistant to bacteria-causing gum diseases.

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Regular dental visits with us may help you maintain oral hygiene and check for dental signs. Our dental hygiene specialists will also give a professional cleaning and removal of tartar that might have built up after your previous visit with us.

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