Taking care of your teeth has become something of an obsession, with dozens of products now flooding the shelves. How important and beneficial are they all? We took a look at the water flosser, particularly the Waterpik (Ultra and Aquarius) to see how it compared to regular flossing.
Flossing is one of those things that we know we should do, we just always forget. Yet it can more important than brushing your teeth is. The spaces in between teeth are especially vulnerable when it comes to decay, making it very important to keep them clean. At least that is what the dentist told us.
So What’s the problem with Waxed Floss?
Waxed floss is a ball of very fine string that has been coated with anti-cavity properties. The premise is you pull that string between your teeth, and it removes food particles. When you think about all of teeth in your mouth that’s like an hour project. This is probably the reason why most people don’t even bother.
Another problem with wax flossing is that those food particles are just getting passed around. You are not flushing them out, you are simply moving them. Most likely to a new spot where they can cause a cavity.
The High Tech Water Flosser
If you have ever gone to the dentist, you know that your teeth feel 100% cleaner when you leave. One of the reasons for this is the high pressure water he shoots at your teeth. This is the same premise behind the water flosser.
When looking at residential water flossers look for those that have a number of settings. If you have sensitive teeth or gums, it may take them a while to get used to it. Also look for a small nozzle that is going to give a stream of water small enough to get between your teeth.
According to www.waterflosserhq.com, using the water flosser was easier than the dental floss. Just fill the reservoir with warm water, choose the pressure setting and place the nozzle inside of your mouth. With your lips closed, start at the back of your mouth and begin directing the stream of water at your teeth. Let that water flow out from the corner of your mouth and resist the urge to swish it around. This will cause any particles to just take residence somewhere else.
Overall, the water flosser is by far the better product for your teeth. Of all the new dental gizmos and gadgets this one we would definitely recommend.