If you are like most of us, you hate flossing your teeth. The mere thought of forcing a piece of string between each of your teeth and around your gums is almost as painful as nails on a chalkboard. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you use dental floss to floss your teeth twice daily to remove harmful plaque build-up and debris from around your gum line. Flossing can be awkward and painful as the floss sticks in the tight spots and cuts around the sensitive tissue in your gums. This is especially true if you are not an avid flosser. If you don’t keep up with a regular flossing routine your gums will become weak and sore as a result of plaque build-up. You may stop flossing altogether because of the pain and bleeding that you experience.
Most people do not floss as directed by their dentists. The ADA reports that only about 30% of Americans floss on a daily basis and that only 20% of those do so in the recommended method. The reality is that most Americans develop gum disease even though they are brushing regularly, because they don’t floss or don’t floss correctly. Periodontal (gum) disease results in bad breath, tooth loss, and can lead to other serious diseases such as dementia and heart disease as the bacteria enter the bloodstream. But let’s face it, flossing just hurts. So we don’t do it.
There is an easier way to remove plaque and debris around and between your teeth and gum line. This method will actually remove more plaque than flossing, will strengthen your gums to reduce pain and bleeding, and will help to keep your teeth healthy and white because it removes surface stains as it cleans. Dental water picks have been available for home use for the last 40 years. The first water picks were not very effective as water pressure was too low to provide significant improvement over brushing alone and were not nearly as effective as flossing.
Today’s water picks for home use are much more powerful than the first machines and can remove nearly 100% of bacteria and debris from teeth and around gums. Recent studies have shown that using a water pick for one minute daily is 3.8 times more effective than string flossing and 4.8 times more effective than brushing alone.
Clearly, anyone can benefit from using a dental water pick system as an addition to a regular oral hygiene routine. The advanced water flossing procedure cleans every nook and cranny, even in mouths where string floss cannot be used effectively.
Children may find the water pick easier to use than floss. Water picks can be used around dental work (crowns and bridgework) and orthodontic braces easily and efficiently. Older adults with dexterity issues that find string flossing extremely difficult may find the use the water picks to be simpler and more thorough. Investing in a dental water pick just makes sense for those of us who require a healthier lifestyle. Keeping a healthy mouth not only improves the way we look and feel about ourselves. A healthy mouth is an important key to maintaining a healthy body.