AP’s announcement earlier today stated that there was very little science evidence of benefits of daily string flossing in preventing gum disease and cavities. Dentists have been insisting on the string floss, even though it’s not supported by science.
The good news is that it doesn’t apply to water flossing.
Even though string floss is not efficient according to science, you still have to clean between your teeth, according to Deborah M. Lyle, Director of Professional & Clinical Affairs Waterpik.
Lyle also added that water flossers have been working better for her patients. Water flosser’s efficiency was also scientifically proven. There are 5 studies, which showed that water flossing is more efficient in comparison to string floss. For example, the first study, conducted at the University of Nebraska in 2004, revealed 52% improvement in gum health.
Bacteria mostly reside in between your teeth and also along the gumline. That’s why it’s important to clean there. And if you dislike string floss, then a water flosser is a good alternative for you.
Hygienist Carol A Jahn also recommends water flossing instead of string floss.
She added, that it’s important to realize that only a proper string flossing technique produces the desired effect and removes the bacteria and plaque. And it’s okay if you haven’t mastered string floss. You shouldn’t feel guilty in this case, because most people struggle to get string flossing right.
Carol said that water flossing is the way she chooses to clean between teeth.
Waterpik is the way to go
So if you feel like you are having troubles with flossing, maybe it’s time to try a water flosser. Waterpik is a good brand to start with. I recommend getting Waterpik Ultra or Waterpik Complete Care for the first time.