Water Flossers Offer Many Types of Oral Health Benefits

Posted on 10/19/2020 by office
Woman smiling with white teeth after using a water flosserFlossing is a recommended practice by professionals to improve and maintain proper dental health. For the longest time, strings have been used to floss teeth. But a water flosser today seems more efficient compared to the strings. A water flosser can be defined as an oral irrigator. It's a cleaning device that works by shooting water in a thin stream aimed at the gum line and teeth. This helps in getting rid of stuck food particles and plaque that could be between teeth. The devices can be beneficial to people who have bleeding gums and those with dry mouths. Likewise, those with braces and who have issues with food getting stuck in teeth can also benefit. But how exactly does a water flosser help these situations?

Bleeding Gums

People who see blood with dental flossing could be suffering from gum disease. It is a bacterial infection attacking the gums and can lead to tooth loss. Vigorous flossing can also lead to bleeding gums. You should be gentle while massaging the areas between teeth and the gum to avoid bleeds. A water flosser can clean these sensitive areas without causing further damage to them. Gum inflammation also improves when you start using a water flosser.


Braces are important dental tools. They should, however, not stop you from enjoying the benefits of flossing. If you have braces, water flossers make a good choice. It will help remove harmful food particles from between your teeth. This reduces the risks of developing cavities. Manual irrigators are best in this situation. This is because they do not need to be plugged-in, and they are portable. You can use them whenever the need arises to keep your mouth and braces clean and healthy. Avoid using electric flossers if you have braces.

Dry Mouth

Genetics and medications are some of the common causes of dry mouth. They interfere with the amount of saliva that you produce. Saliva is important because it prevents plaque buildup on gums and teeth. It also cleans the mouth. Dry mouth can be very uncomfortable and can lead to cavities and gum disease. An oral irrigator can help keep these situations at bay. They work by adding moisture to your dry mouth. They also help in removing the sticky plaque that results from dry mouth. The device might not offer a long term solution, but they offer quick fixes and improve dental health greatly.

Food Stuck in Teeth

The shape of the teeth can determine the probabilities of food getting stuck. It is for this reason that some people have more food sticking in their teeth compared to others. Small gaps between teeth and gums can cause this problem too. Other factors are teeth alignment issues and crowned teeth. Dental implants and bridges also trap lots of food. A water flosser can work wonders in easing the situation. This is because it helps clean those areas that are harder to reach. It is a good idea to invest in a water flosser for convenience. Contact our office at (425) 616-0620 to learn more about water flossers.
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