Be honest, do you floss every day? If you answered ‘no’ don’t worry, you’re not alone. Only about 50% of Americans floss daily. Moreover, around 18.5% don’t floss at all. Of course, flossing is an integral part of good oral hygiene; it gets into the spaces between your teeth and gums where your toothbrush can’t reach and should be a part of your daily routine. However, is traditional flossing the only option?
Today we’ll go over them and try to help you decide on whether you should give a water flosser a shot.
What Is a Water Flosser?
Water flossers, also known as water picks, are oral irrigators. This simply means that they are cleaning devices that shoot a thin stream of water that when aimed at your gum line or between your teeth, can remove plaque and food particles. A water flosser is not quite as portable as dental floss, it requires access to a power outlet and a reservoir of water, but water flossers are gentle and easy to use.
Good Indicators That a Water Flosser Might Be a Good Choice
Of course, flossing too hard can cause your gums to bleed, so you shouldn’t force the floss too far up into your gum line or scrape too hard. Gently massage between your teeth, including gums, and if you want to make sure you’re doing it correctly the American Dental Association (ADA) website has a helpful tutorial showing you how to floss correctly.
However, if your gums seem to bleed chronically, you may have periodontitis – also known as gum disease. This means that your gums have a bacterial infection and if it gets bad enough, periodontitis can lead to tooth loss. If you have hard to clean areas that continue to bleed despite proper flossing, or you’ve been diagnosed with gum disease, a water flosser is a perfect solution to clean these areas and reduce bleeding.