Waterpik Vs Flossing: What is Best?

Brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day is essential for great oral health. Simply brushing your teeth every day will not be enough to remove excess food from your teeth and gums though. However, many people are unsure whether water picking is better than flossing. So lets discuss the differences, waterpik vs flossing, and what is best.

Waterpik Flossing

Water picking (also known as water flossing) involves the use of a special machine that streams water into your mouth and gums. The pressure from the water helps push food away from your teeth.

Water picking can reach areas that traditional flossing may not, and it is easy to use for people with braces and bridges. However, a waterpik can be expensive and takes up a lot of space on your bathroom counter. Traveling with a waterpik can also become an issue.

Traditional String Flossing

While brushing your teeth is important, it will not completely remove food between the teeth or below the gum line. Traditional flossing involves the use of a thin piece of string that passes in between your teeth, where it gently scrapes and moves plaque and excess food off of the teeth and gums.

Traditional floss is very inexpensive and easily found at almost any store you go. Flossing can also be accessible anywhere you go, with easy-to-use travel sizes available.

However, traditional flossing can be difficult for hard-to-reach places in the mouth, leaving food and plaque in those areas. Floss can also cause minor bleeding and some gum sensitivity.

The Verdict: Waterpik Vs Flossing, Which is Best for Me

There is no best flossing option that fits everyones needs. The decision depends on your preference, affordability and ease of use. Ultimately, flossing your teeth and gums every day is the most important step. So just doing the act is obviously better than not.

Waterpiks have been proven to reduce plaque more than traditional flossing, according to the Journal of Clinical Dentistry, and other studies have shown that water picking reduces the risk of gingivitis compared to regular flossing. At the same time, dentists recommend keeping string floss nearby at all times in case a waterpik breaks or is not available. So I guess, the answer is a combination of both methods.

Regardless of your method of flossing, follow these tips to maintain good oral health:

  • Brush your teeth at least once per day. Twice is recommended.
  • Floss at least once a day, but after every meal is recommended.
  • Flossing with a waterpik device or traditional string floss is up to you, but its probably the best solution to have both in your bathroom. Using your waterpik at home and regular floss when you’re out and about.
  • Visit your local dentist every six months for cleanings and check-ups.

Speaking of check-ups, is it time for yours yet? Contact our Elmwood Park office today to schedule an appointment with one of our professional and gentle dentists. We are located near Franklin Park, Melrose Park, Oak Park, Bellwood, Maywood, and River Forest IL.