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Is a water flosser better than string floss?

By - Bad Breath Expert

SUMMARY: Everyone seems to hate to floss, but it is a necessity for proper oral health care.

Posted: July 1, 2015

Everyone seems to hate to floss, but it is a necessity for proper oral health care. Not only does flossing remove food and other bad-breath-causing, unwanted particles from being trapped between the teeth, it also gets rid of plaque from between your teeth. The area between teeth is difficult to clean, and that's exactly where your toothprush can't reach. In order to clean between the teeth without flossing many people have turned to water flossers, also know as oral irrigators or oral water jets, that are supposed to be a good as flossing.

What is a water flosser?
A water flosser is an alternative way of flossing. These devices spray a very concentrated steam of water at a fast rate that is designed to clean the area between the teeth similar to the way regular string floss does. There are many different types of water flossers out there, and most of the information you'll find from manufacturers websites will tell you that water flossers not only clean as well as regular flossing methods, but actually do a better job than regular string floss. The manufactures aren't the only ones saying that water flossers are superior to string floss. There are some dentists that support the claims.

Should you forget the string floss? 
While the manufacturer and some dentists claim that water flossers work just as well, if not better than string floss, many oral health experts still tout the benefits of string floss. These experts claim that water flossers do a poor job or removing plaque and that the only real way to remove plaque from between the teeth is to use string floss to scrape and rub it off. However, results from a recent study showed that water flossers do remove plaque. The research actually revealed that people who used water flossers had less plaque in their mouth than people who used string floss. 

The importance of proper technique 
Whether you use string floss or a water flosser, it's important to use the proper technique. Without proper technique, flossing will not be as effective. Proper flossing for those who use string floss would be getting the floss between your teeth and then moving the floss up and down on both of the teeth to ensure that the floss gets plaque and other bacteria buildup. For people who use a water flosser, you need to concentrate the water stream at the gum line and hold it for a second or two aimed between teeth. 

Which one should you choose? 
There is still some controversy over which is better, but what you should know is that they both work well. Because both string floss and water flossers work well enough, simply pick which one you are more comfortable with. If you're still not sure, consult your dentist. The important thing to remember is that you're cleaning those tough-to-reach spaces between your teeth. 

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