Water Flossers vs. Traditional Floss: Can Water Flossers Replace Traditional Floss?

While water flossers are a beneficial addition to your oral care routine, they should not be viewed as a complete replacement for traditional flossing. Here’s why:

  1. Mechanical Action of Flossing: Traditional flossing involves physically sliding a piece of floss between the teeth to remove plaque, food debris, and bacteria. This mechanical action is crucial for disrupting and removing plaque buildup that can lead to cavities and gum disease. While water flossers can help remove some debris, they may not be as effective at physically breaking up plaque as traditional floss.
  2. Ability to Reach Tight Spaces: Traditional floss is able to reach tight spaces between teeth that water flossers may not be able to access effectively. Floss can hug the contours of the teeth and scrape away plaque in hard-to-reach areas, helping to prevent cavities and gum disease in these vulnerable spots. Water flossers may not provide the same level of precision in cleaning between teeth.

Both traditional floss and water flossing offer unique benefits for oral health, and using them in combination can help ensure comprehensive cleaning between teeth and along the gum line, keeping your teeth and gums nice and healthy.

Source: Dr Kyle Lye