The American Dental Association recommends flossing your teeth at least once daily to avoid any plaque build-up between the teeth. Traditional floss involves using a string between the teeth to pull out any debris. However, water flossers are becoming more popular and, used correctly, they can actually provide a more thorough cleaning than regular floss does. But, you have to know how to use it. Our dentist can give you more information about using a water flosser and its benefits.
How It Works
Water flossers work through the use of pressure and pulsations in the water. This device releases a stream of water along the gum line and between the teeth. The pressure and motion of the water removes any debris in these areas to prevent plaque build-up. In turn, this leaves you with a whiter smile and much healthier teeth and gums.
How to Use It
Every water flosser has a reservoir that holds water which will be sprayed from the nozzle into your mouth. Fill this reservoir using lukewarm water. Using hot or cold water can be very uncomfortable and damaging for your teeth and gums. Hold the water flosser at a 90 degree angle and turn it on so that it sprays your teeth. While you do this, lean over the sink so water does not get on your clothes or the floor. Keep your mouth open while flossing so that the water can run out into the sink. Make sure you floss every tooth and along the entire gum line.
In general, it is best to start with your back teeth. Also be sure to floss both the top and bottom rows of teeth. It should take approximately two minutes to floss your teeth. Empty the water from the flosser when you are done so that bacteria does not form inside. Call us for more instructions on using water flossers.