3 Benefits of Water Flossers

Gum disease is a root cause of bad breath and tooth loss. To help prevent gum disease, dental professionals encourage us to floss daily.  There are many different options for flossing, one of which is using a water flosser.

Below are 3 benefits of using a water flosser:

Water Flosser for Teeth

For People with Braces

One benefit of a Waterpik is that it’s gentle on the gums and is less likely to cause bleeding in people with sensitive gums, according to Hayes. A Waterpic is also ideal for people who wear braces — water will get behind the metal wires and flush out food particles. A Waterpik is sometimes recommended for people who have active gum disease because it flushes out bacteria from deep pockets that form when gums pull away from the teeth that floss can’t reach. Source: LiveStrong

For Controlling Gingivitis

A study conducted by the University of Nebraska in 2005 found that water flossers are more than 50 percent more effective at controlling gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums that’s often the forerunner of more serious gum disease. Flossers also reduce the risk of bleeding gums during cleaning by up to 93 percent. There’s something else to consider, too. A flossing study of children and young adults with braces found that using a Waterpik was not only more effective at removing food particles and bacteria from orthodontic appliances than string flossing, but the participants enjoyed using the water flosser more than the manual method. Flossing isn’t a very popular personal care activity. Only 13.5 percent of Americans claim they floss daily, and anything that increases a person’s likelihood of flossing regularly equates to less gum disease and fewer cavities. Source: HowStuffWorks

For People with Diabetes

People with diabetes tend to be at greater risk for periodontal disease and often have more severe gingival inflammation. A study on people with diabetes found that those who used the Water Flosser for three months had a 44% better reduction in bleeding and a 41% better reduction in gingivitis over those who did not use the Water Flosser. Source: RDHMag

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3 Tips On Flossing With Braces

Flossing is essential to the health of your teeth and gums. This is especially true when you’re wearing braces. Read on to learn some important tips on flossing with braces.

Below are 3 tips on flossing with braces:

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Spend Three Times on your Oral Care

Be prepared to spend three times as long on your oral care while you have braces on your teeth. Don’t worry, it’s worth the time-if you don’t pay attention to oral hygiene while your teeth are being realigned, you increase your risk of gum disease. Plus, it can help your teeth look that much better when it’s finally time to get your braces removed. Source: OralB

Use the Right Tool

Using floss on teeth with braces is difficult and frustrating. Sliding the floss between the teeth above the wire is a bit like threading a needle. An orthodontic floss threader is an inexpensive and disposable tool available in nearly any store that sells toothbrushes and toothpaste. It is indispensable when flossing teeth with braces because it allows you to pull the floss through the teeth above the wire and reach the gum line. Source: Colgate

Use Waxed Floss if Possible

When you’re flossing with braces, it’s important to remember that there are plenty of metal pieces and corners to catch your floss on. Because of this, you’ll want to use thin wax-coated floss whenever you can. Unwaxed, thread-like floss is much more likely to get stuck to your braces. The amount of floss you should use can vary slightly based on the size of your mouth and your hands. Most dental resources recommend a piece about 12-18 inches long. Source: WikiHow

Hopefully these tips we’ll be able to assist you in keeping your teeth’s health while wearing braces. If you would like to learn more or find out if orthodontic treatment is right for you, please give us a call or contact us here.

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