Is Water Flossing Better Than String Flossing?

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Are Water Flossers Effective?

Water flossers, also known as oral irrigators, are increasingly popular as a potential alternative to traditional string floss. But are they effective? Let’s dive into the research:

Water Flossers Vs. String Floss:

  • Studies suggest water flossers are effective: A 2013 study found water flossers removed 29% more plaque than string floss, particularly between teeth.
  • However, research isn’t unanimous: A 2021 study concluded water flossers were equally effective as string floss, making them ideal for individuals with braces or fine motor skill limitations.
  • Verdict: Water flossers seem to work and could potentially replace string floss in your routine, but they might not be definitively superior.

Downsides to Consider:

  • Potential for bacterial growth: A 2021 study found water flosser nozzles can harbor bacteria despite cleaning recommendations. Proper care (draining and drying) is crucial.
  • Travel inconvenience: Water flossers are generally not travel-friendly, so you might still need string floss for trips.
  • Additional cleaning time: Thorough cleaning of a water flosser (draining, drying) may be more time-consuming than traditional toothbrush care.

Choosing the Best Water Flosser:

  • Look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance: This indicates the product meets the American Dental Association’s safety and efficacy standards.

Modern Dentistry of Peoria is here to help! We can answer your questions and guide you toward the best oral hygiene routine for your individual needs. Contact us today!

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