FLOSSING IS A CRUCIAL element of our daily oral hygiene routine. A toothbrush simply cannot reach every plaque and food particle stuck between our teeth, so we need to floss to get at it. Simple brushing is even less effective on its own for those with braces, which introduce countless new hard-to-reach crevices where bacteria can hide.
As necessary as flossing is, it can still seem like a hassle at times. That’s why we’re so excited that old-fashioned flossing isn’t the only option. One of our favorite alternatives to traditional floss is the Waterpik® Water Flosser, the first powered interdental cleaner to earn the American Dental Association’s seal of approval
How Waterpik Compares
We’ve collected comments from our own patients who have taken the plunge and used the Water Flosser vs floss. Here’s a few of their thoughts:
Definitely blasts more food away from my teeth!
Gets into the crevices way better than floss.
I like it!
It was kind of messy at first, then I turned the volume down.
There was a bit of a learning curve when I started.
Feels like it’s massaging my gums.
The patients that really noticed the benefits have poor eye-hand coordination, have a pronounced gag reflex, have severe spacing between the teeth or are current orthodontic patients. With our instruction, people with periodontal disease have received terrific benefits as well!
Get Your Own Waterpik Water Flosser!
Dr Hill and Dr Schneidmiller recommend these Water Flossers and have them in stock at the office. It is easy to pick one up on your next visit, just ask and we’ll give you a tutorial on its use. As far as cost, if you are like us, using floss at least once a day, an arm’s length each time, then the Glide ProHealth 43.7 yd package lasts less than a month. Comparing costs, the Water Flosser will pay for itself in less than 18 months vs buying individual packages of floss at Target! Plus it’s sitting right there on your counter, so there’s no shopping for it (and it’s pretty darn handy).
Let Us Know How You Like It!
We’d love to hear how you like your Waterpik Water Flosser once you start using it, so make sure you let us know at your next appointment with us. Until then, don’t forget to brush twice a day and use the Waterpik to “floss” once a day!
Keep cleaning those gorgeous pearly whites!
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