Oral hygiene is an important factor in our daily routine. Proper dental habits prevent issues like cavities and gum disease. Dentists recommend brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily to remove food particles and rid your mouth of bacteria. While there are different types of toothbrushes that cater to your needs, there are also different types of flossing tools. Some people question whether regular floss or oral irrigators, also known as water flossing device, works best for their teeth. 

Floss is designed to get between the tight spaces that your toothbrush can’t reach. This is especially important because floss removes bacteria and plaque that could turn into tartar, if not removed properly. People tend to have a preference on what type of floss they would prefer to use. 


Dental Floss (Traditional)

Using traditional dental floss or floss picks has several advantages when it comes to the health of your teeth. Not only is dental floss an effective way to remove food from your teeth, it is also easily accessible and very cost effective. Flossing, using a thin piece of string, can be done anywhere. Most dental floss is compact and can be easily stored away until needed. However, there are disadvantages that come with using traditional floss. It may be difficult to reach some areas in your mouth. Flossing can also be time consuming for some people. It may cause minor bleeding to some people with sensitive gums. 


Water Picking (Flossing) 

Water picking is different from using traditional floss. Instead of using a string to floss, a water pick uses the pressure from water to remove the food particles from your teeth. A water pick is easy to use and is especially helpful for people with braces, sensitive gums, and temporary or permanent bridges. This type of floss can remove more plaque than traditional floss. The disadvantages of using a water flosser is that they can be a bit expensive. It also requires water for each use and needs electricity to power on. The device can also take up a bit of space. 


Which one?

Both tools have the same uses. Each comes with its own set of pros and cons. Some people enjoy using traditional floss. It’s easy and can be controlled. Others may prefer water picking because all of the work is done for them. Neither is better than the other and it all boils down to preference. Remember, flossing is important and should be a part of your daily routine. Your oral health is what matters. 



If you have any questions or would like professional advice on which method works best for you, please give us a call at (772)286-1606 and we’ll be happy to help.