Waterpik vs. Flossing: Which Is Right for You?

close up of a woman's mouth while using dental floss

Although often overlooked, flossing is one of the easiest ways to protect your pearly whites and reduce your risk for cavities and gum disease. Brushing alone isn’t enough: without flossing, brushing only cleans about 60 percent of your tooth’s surface. If you’re looking to kickstart your flossing habit in 2021, your first step should be deciding between conventional dental floss or more advanced tools like the Waterpik.

Is a Waterpik Right for Me?

At River Vista Dentistry, we have some patients who swear by their Waterpik flossers. We understand the hype. Waterpiks are easy to use, especially if you have braces or other dental work that’s tough to navigate using conventional floss. People with arthritis or those that have a difficult time maneuvering traditional floss may also appreciate the ease of using a Waterpik. Waterpiks can also contribute to a whiter smile and fresher breath. Many of our patients also love the soothing massage effect of using a Waterpik.

Does a Waterpik Replace Conventional Floss?

When deciding between a Waterpik and floss, you’ll want to consider which will keep your teeth cleanest. While Waterpiks can effectively remove food residue, especially in hard to reach areas, they may not completely remove plaque. For this reason, we often recommend that our patients use conventional floss first, then follow with a Waterpik to rinse out any remaining plaque or residue.

How Should I Choose Between a Waterpik & Flossing?

Deciding between a Waterpik and conventional floss depends on several factors: your oral health, your comfort using traditional floss, and your budget. Waterpiks are much more expensive than regular dental floss — though they could save you money on dental expenses in the long run.

Ask Us About Your Oral Hygiene

If you’re debating whether a Waterpik is worth it, our team can help you decide based on your oral health and your goals for your smile. To ask our team any questions or to schedule your next appointment, call our office today!

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