Flossing is an important part of your daily dental routine and one that you must follow regularly. This is a well-known fact and it is something you must have surely heard from your dentist. However, the big question is how should you floss? The choice is between two methods that are popular right now. They are flossing using:
- A string dental floss or a
- Water flosser
Let us see what do these two methods comprise of.
Flossing using a string dental floss
A string dental floss is a cord that is made of intertwined thin filaments. This string is used to remove plaque or food particles stuck between your teeth and gums. Some of the different types of dental floss available are waxed, unwaxed, woven, floss sticks etc.
It has been in use for a very long time and it is very effective. It may take some practice to use it well.
This is a device that uses a stream of water to dislodge plaque and food particles that cannot be reached using a toothbrush. It is easy to use and that it is why it is very popular.
To use a water flosser, all you need to do it lean over the sink and spray the water between your teeth.
Let us look at some factors that can help you decide which method of flossing is best for you.
- Price: Though it may seem that the dental floss is way cheaper than a water flosser, one should also keep quality in mind when making a choice. A dental floss may be the winner when it comes to price in the short term. When you think of the long term, a water flosser is a sensible investment as it will last much longer and it offers better quality too.
- Ease of use: A water flosser is easy to use than dental floss. Learning to use dental floss will require some time and practice. Once you are proficient it is simple to use. You must also remember to use the dental floss carefully during your initial attempts as you may hurt your gums or fingers.
- Time required: Using dental floss may be quick or time consuming and this depends on your level of skill in using it. A water flosser is quicker to use.
- Amount of pain: A water flosser may feel painful or gentle depending on its pressure setting. Dental floss may cause pain or bleeding of gums. This could happen due to using the wrong kind of floss or if you have sensitive gums.
- Effectiveness:While both the methods are very effective, some studies have shown that using a water flosser is more effective at removing plaque and reducing gingivitis. Dental floss is a better option for spot cleaning while you can choose a water flosser for better overall cleaning. And if you still can’t decide which one is more effective, you can use both.
We hope that this information helps you in choosing the best option for you.