Everybody knows that flossing is important to good oral health. While brushing removes plaque and food from the tooth surfaces, flossing finishes up the job by removing hidden plaque, bacteria, and food particles that get stuck between the teeth and under the gum line.
You may wonder which is better: dental floss or a water pick water flosser. Getting input from your Liverpool family dentist is always a good idea. It’s also helpful to understand the differences and similarities between floss and a water pick so you can decide which option will be most beneficial for you.
Flossing involves sliding a string-like material between the teeth to remove plaque and food particles that brushing leaves behind. There are many variations of dental floss to choose from such as thick & thin floss, waxed & unwaxed floss and even floss that’s flavored.
A water pick, also known as a water flosser or oral irrigator, is a small, handheld device that shoots a stream of pulsating, pressured water to remove plaque and food debris from between teeth and under the gum line. In addition to being easy to use, the massaging action of the pressurized water can improve gum health, which is a real bonus!
Dr. Saini would like everyone to know that both dental floss and water picks do a good job of cleaning between the teeth and under the gum line. Therefore, she recommends using the one that best works for you. If you can’t decide between a water pick and floss, consider using both so you can remove as much plaque and food as you can!
At Mapleridge Children & Adult Dentistry, we stress the importance of good oral hygiene to our patients because optimal oral health begins with doing a great job of cleaning your teeth and gums. If you have any oral hygiene questions for our family and kids dentist in Liverpool, NY, please give us a call at (315) 453-2084 and we’ll do our best to answer them!
If you have questions regarding the recipes above, or to learn more about healthy foods to eat that won’t cause damage to your teeth, contact us today, and our friendly team will be happy to help. To schedule an appointment for you or your child, give us a call. Have a happy summer!