TRADITIONAL FLOSSING VS. WATER FLOSSING - Dr. Aisha
April 14 2021
Water flossing, also known as electronic flossing, is a trend these years. You may wonder whether they clean better than manual ones and whether it is a good investment to add to your daily oral cleaning routine.
In this article, we will discuss the benefits of traditional floss and water flosser to help you make an informed decision regarding your oral health.
What is Traditional Dental Flossing?
Flossing is basically the process of cleaning between your teeth. Many people consider flossing as an optional task without realization of how crucial flossing is to keep the oral health, especially the gum. Thus as dentists, we encourage our patients to keep flossing as an integral part of their daily oral haying routine in addition to brushing twice a day.
Traditional flossing is the good old way of cleaning between teeth. Use a small waxed or un-waxed string to pass between the teeth and under the gum line, and clean food debris or bacteria. Studies show that these areas accumulate the largest portion of plaque in the mouth, so daily thorough cleaning of these areas is crucial.
Pros and Cons of Traditional Flossing
There are several advantages to use strain flossing. Firstly, people find it easy to use and control to clean each tooth completely. Secondly, the floss takes up a very small space compared to other tools like water flosser. Finally, they are priced reasonably and easily obtained from most pharmacies and grocery stores.
However, string flossing has its own disadvantages. It’s reported that it is difficult to reach certain areas in the mouth with string flossing. Plus, there may be bleeding gum after flossing if you don’t use it correctly.
What Is Water Flossing?
The water flosser is a hand-held device, which cleans deep between your teeth by pushing out a pressurized water stream. Remove food debris and bacteria interdentally to help keep your teeth clean.
You need to hold still the tip of the device between your teeth, then turn the device on, so the steady pressurized water can flow out. You need to keep this about half a minute for each tooth.
Benefits of Using The Water Flosser
The water flosser is becoming more and more popular in recent years. People find using such a device around the mouth is much easier. It can easily clean the difficult-to-reach areas in the mouth. Additionally, while water flossing, antiseptic or antibacterial liquid can be added to the water tank for a maximum benefit.
Traditional Flossing Vs. Water Flossing
Cleaning effect: Featuring the pressurized water pulse, the water flosser can remove more plaque and food residue than a dental floss. Thereby, compared with the floss, a water flosser it’s able to prevent oral problems more effectively.
Budget: If you don’t have much budget for dental flossing, then the floss string is a better option for you. Because the water flosser is bit costly with its price ranging from 25$-70$.
Ease of use: Obviously, the water flosser is much easier to use between your teeth. So it is always recommended by people who have decreased dexterity like arthritis patients or people with braces.
Fairywill water flossers have upgraded and advanced features compared to their counterparts. They provide a very high-pressure water flow that comes out with the pulsation trait of 1400-1800 times/min, 30-110PSI, which guarantees the removal of 99.99% of hidden food debris and plaque. As well as massaging the gum which promotes blood circulation that aid in reducing the degree of gum inflammation.
The bottom line
Brushing alone is not enough to keep your oral hygiene, as the areas between your teeth are typically left untouched by the toothbrush. You will need to add flossing in your daily dental cleaning routine. It doesn’t matter whether you choose traditional or water flossing as long as you do it every day.
--- By Dr. Aisha I A Member of the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh since 2019. She graduated from Tripoli University in 2016. She works as a general practitioner with special interest in Implantology.