Battle of the Interdental Cleaners–Dental Floss v. Water Flossers

Importance of Interdental Cleaners

battle of the interdental cleaners dental floss v water flossers
We refer to dental floss as an “interdental cleaner” because it removes debris from the spaces in between your teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach. It is extremely important to get rid of plaque and other substances the interdental region to protect your smile from hazards such as plaque and gum disease.

A Lot of People Don’t Like to Floss

Dental floss is an interdental cleaner which was invented by a dentist in New Orleans in 1815. Although dental floss is extremely effective when used correctly on a daily basis, many people find it difficult or unpleasant to use for the following reasons:

  • It can be painful
  • They don’t think flossing is important as long as they brush
  • It’s not easy to reach all the sections of your smile
  • It’s really hard to hold the floss
  • It’s tedious and time consuming
  • It can make your gums bleed

Even though dentists and dental hygienists often remind us how important flossing is, many people simply refuse to do it.  And when it comes to practicing effective daily oral care:

57 per cent of Canadians say their smile is important to them, yet shockingly only 4 per cent follow the dentist-recommended oral care regimen of brushing, flossing and rinsing.

Water Flossers–Gentle and Fun

Water flossers are a type of interdental cleaner that have been around since the introduction of the Waterpik in 1962. Waterpik has become a generic name for the product, which also goes by the names oral irrigators or dental water jets.  

Whatever you choose to call water flossers, they are a gentle and fun alternative for people who don’t like to floss. Both patients and researchers have discovered the many advantages of water flossers:

  • Gentle on your gums
  • Easy to use
  • Cleans out deep pockets in gums damaged by gum disease
  • Effective to use around braces, implants, and other dental work
  • Can easily reach all parts of your smile
  • Reduces the likelihood of contracting gum disease
  • Helps control levels of gum inflation

Water Flossers and Gum Disease

According to the CDA, “seven out of 10 Canadians will develop gum disease at some time in their lives.” This is a serious condition that threatens the health of your smile. If not treated effectively by your dentist, gum disease can eventually cause you to lose one or more teeth.  

Gum disease is an infection caused by the bacteria that feeds on the plaque and tartar that forms on your teeth. Water flossers help fight gum disease by removing the plaque between your teeth before it can harden and become tartar, the rough substance that your hygienist scrapes off your teeth during your regular cleanings.  

Many people who are suffering from gum disease find flossing to be extremely painful. But water flossers are not only less painful for people with gum disease, but they can also flush out deep pockets of infected gum tissue. Flossing won’t do this.

Visit Your Dentist in Lake Williams

Whether you ultimately choose to use dental floss or a water flosser, please brush, floss, and rinse your teeth with mouthwash every day.

Visiting Dr. Wassenaar for regular checkups at Williams Lake Smiles is another terrific thing you can do to protect your smile. So give us a call today to schedule your next appointment.

 

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Covid-19 (Corona) Virus

Dear valued patients of Williams Lake Smiles,

We hope this finds all our patients and friends healthy and well as summer is supposed to be arriving! Fingers crossed that we will see some sunshine in the Cariboo soon!

Our clinic staff have been working hard through this "new normal" of COVID-19 and ensuring that our clinic is exceeding the regulations to create the most safe and comfortable environment for all our patients. In the field of dentistry, we have always been experts in infection control. Now we are establishing a modified workflow to go above and beyond in this endeavor.

We are starting to resume some scheduling of more routine procedures as well as emergency care at this time. Please feel free to contact our office if you have any questions about our current protocols or would like to schedule care.

Please respect our measures we are taking to ensure physical distancing within our office. This includes completing the COVID-19 prescreening form that is emailed to you before each appointment. We are also continuing to limit our waiting room to one person at a time and having patients complete payments and scheduling in their treatment room before exiting through the side door. This allows us to prevent interaction between patients whenever possible.

You may also find that we are slightly less flexible in our available appointment times for now as we are managing these new measures. We need to consider the amount of patients within our clinic at any time as well as stagger our patient entry and exit times.

Please be patient and kind as we all adjust to this protocol that is in place for the safety of all of us.

Take a few minutes to watch and share our latest instalment of Dr Wassenaar's appearance on the television program "The Wellness Hour". This interview outlines a lot of what we are doing to make sure that our patients have the utmost confidence and comfort in visiting Williams Lake Smiles at all times.

https://youtu.be/16Mdc2RF6Cw

Our first TV interview has enjoyed 860,000 views with world-wide sharing. We would love to hear your feedback.

We look forward to seeing you in our office soon.

Sincerely,

Dr Rudy Wassenaar

Dr Sophia Dahai

And all the Williams Lake Smiles team


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