In your quest to take the absolute best care of your teeth, you might have considered oral irrigation as an upgrade to flossing. Simply put, oral irrigation involves using high-pressure jets of water to clean between your teeth to better ensure you get into all the spaces your toothbrush and floss are unable to reach. In our quest to teach you as much as possible about proper oral health in Medford, NJ and Moorestown, NJ, we’d like to provide you with a quick guide on whether you are better off with floss or a dental water jet.
The key to making traditional dental floss wholly effective is to use it correctly. This involves just the right amount of pressure to get rid of plaque between your teeth, but not so much that you cause your gums to bleed. You also might prefer how inexpensive dental floss is when compared to oral irrigation. With that in mind, you could have a hard time using floss correctly if you wear braces, or if you have sensitive gums.
When using a jet of water to clean between your teeth, you have a gentle way to clean your gums when used at the proper speed. Those who wear braces appreciate how water jets are able to easily clean between brackets and wires, giving them the confidence and reassurance that comes with knowing their teeth are as clean as can be. That being said, even oral irrigation isn’t without its weaknesses when it comes to getting rid of all the plaque lining your teeth.
Which Is Better?
The truth of the matter is that both flossing and oral irrigators are effective when used correctly. That being said, you might have your preferences when you try them out for yourself.
Let Us Help
Know that Dr. Canal, Dr. Calem and the rest of the staff at Canal Calem Periodontics are here to help you choose the right floss and oral irrigator for your needs. Don’t hesitate to contact us at (609) 534-5541 in Medford, NJ or at (856) 203-6588 in Moorestown, NJ if you’d like to discuss the options with our periodontists.