Water flossers seem to be quite popular and can be beneficial as a supplement to string floss. However, water flossers should not replace traditional string floss as the primary mode of flossing. Though water flossers can remove large pieces of food debris, they do not adequately remove plaque or tartar as string floss can.
String Floss vs. Water Flosser
String floss is more pliable, and you can easily manipulate it to clean the nooks and crannies of your teeth. Water flossers, on the other hand, only push water between teeth and flush out some particles. We highly recommend continuing to use string floss, and for extra cleaning, you can use a water flosser as well.
The Importance of Flossing
Flossing is essential for maintaining a healthy, functional smile. Not only does flossing remove plaque and tartar from between the teeth, but it also stimulates the gums, helping the gum tissue remain strong enough to hold the teeth in place. Ultimately, there is no substitute for the necessary work string floss does for your oral health.
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Dr. Deborah Simpkins and her kind and experienced dental team are always happy to help patients improve their home hygiene regimens. Whether you are an avid brusher and flosser or you need help with your hygiene routine, we would love to share our recommendations for how to best care for your one-of-a-kind smile.
The dental office of Deborah Simpkins DMD serves the following areas: South Sarasota, Gulf Gate Estates, Vamo, Siesta Key, Osprey, Bee Ridge, and others.