Are WaterPiks as Good as Flossing?


Waterpiks are handy devices, but it’s crucial to consider if they do as good a job as traditional flossing. Continue reading for more information.

What is a Waterpik?

Waterpiks are irrigation devices that are designed to aid in traditional flossing. The device uses a powerful stream of water to clean between the teeth, acting as an oral “power-washer” of sorts.

Modern Waterpiks are designed to be easily stored away or kept on the counter in the bathroom, and are simple to use. The user simply fills the tank with water and uses the device to irrigate all throughout their mouth, making sure to stay over the sink to allow the water to drain after irrigation.

Because they are so easy to use, Waterpiks are optimal for the elderly, for individuals with arthritis, or those who struggle with Parkinson’s disease.

They are also ideal for people with braces, crowns, bridges, and dental implants.

Drawbacks of Using a Waterpik

While Waterpiks can be useful, there are some drawbacks that must be considered:

Flossing and Irrigating: A Great Team

While irrigating with a Waterpik is useful, it is important to keep in mind that it should not be used to completely replace flossing; traditional flossing is the best way to ensure that all signs of plaque and food debris are fully removed from between the teeth.

Instead of replacing traditional flossing, it’s a great idea to incorporate both irrigation and flossing into your regular home care, if possible. Ensuring that you are removing all signs of debris that becomes lodged in-between the teeth helps prevent harmful calculus from forming both above and below the gumline.

Why is Flossing So Important?

Flossing is a crucial part of your regular home care. There are spaces in-between the teeth that are easily missed while brushing, even with the most thorough brushing job. Flossing ensures that there is little to no chance of harmful debris lingering on or between the teeth.

Failing to floss properly can lead to the following conditions:

So, are Waterpiks a good substitute for traditional flossing? No, but they are an excellent addition to your brushing and flossing routine. For more information about flossing, brushing, and the proper use of Waterpiks, give us a call anytime at (408) 227-6000.

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