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Dental Floss vs. Water Floss, Which Is Better?

We are familiar with regular string floss (if not, that’s another conversation altogether!), but what is a water flosser? Should you use both, or is one better than the other? A water flosser is a handheld device that sprays streams of water in steady pulses, and just like regular floss, aids in removing food and plaque from between the teeth and in the gum line. The bottom line is, they both get the job done, albeit in slightly different ways.

At Reisman Dental Group, located in Dallas, Texas, Dr. James Reisman and Dr. Jordana Contrucci remind patients to brush twice a day and floss each day. They offer the following things to contemplate when it comes to choosing the best flossing method for the patient:

When to consider a water flosser – If you hate traditional flossing and are not diligent about using proper technique, if you have crowded teeth, or have braces or dental work that makes it tricky to floss with thread, a water flosser may make sense.

When to consider string floss – If you have a regular habit of flossing every day, if you travel or prefer the convenience of having floss handy wherever you are, or if you don’t want the expense of a water flosser, traditional flossing is suitable for you.

If You Need Answers, Ask Your Dentist

You don’t need to use both, but you should always keep regular floss on hand. And if you choose to purchase a water flosser, make sure that it has earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance. If you are unsure what approach you should use, talk to your dentist or hygienist. Based on your unique situation, they can guide you on how to achieve the most favorable results. Their top priority is to make sure that you achieve and maintain optimum oral health for a lifetime.