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.

 

Request a Consultation

  • * All indicated fields must be completed.
    Please include non-medical questions and correspondence only.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Covid-19 (Corona) Virus

Dear valued patients of Williams Lake Smiles,

Happy New Year to all our patients and friends of Williams Lake Smiles!

There’s just something about a new year! It represents a clean slate, a new beginning for many of us. As we finished up with 2020, we all want to believe that 2021 will bring a sort of relief from much of what the past year has brought us. 

Although there are still many restrictions and hurdles ahead of us, we are all doing our best to prove that we are resilient and focused on brighter and healthier days ahead.

The start of 2021 finds many of us evaluating our health and making plans and potential changes for the year ahead. So, as you are making some New Year’s resolutions, don’t forget to add dental care to that list!

Managing your dental health is a key factor of keeping your immune system strong to help protect you against any attack. Just as important as a good diet, rest and exercise, your dental health is something you should not ignore.

Often dental changes can happen with little to no discomfort or warning. Just as changes in the rest of your body happen, it is the same for your teeth and mouth. We all know that age, stress, hormones and busy schedules (just to name a few) sneak up on us and seem to cause changes to our bodies almost overnight. Where you used to be able to eat whatever you wanted, barely exercise and stay up all hours of the night, you might be noticing that you just can’t do that anymore! It is similar with our dental care routine. If you have been doing the same routine for what seems like forever, it might be time to evaluate and change things, even slightly, to be more effective in keeping your teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime.

Our team at Williams Lake Smiles is here to help make your health a top priority. We look forward to continuing to work with you as life changes happen and want to make dental pain and emergency the smallest challenges possible.

This past year we have been working even harder to make our office a safe, welcoming place for you to visit. You may notice our policies and protocols have changed and will continue to do so based on recommendations from our professional colleges, provincial and local health authorities. Please respect these new policies and understand that some extra screening and time is required in order to achieve this. To keep things running smoothly, it is very important to complete all screening paperwork prior to all visits to our office. If the required paperwork is not completed, we may need to reschedule your appointment time.

Contact our team to schedule a dental appointment to help you be the healthiest you in 2021.

We look forward to seeing you soon,

Dr Rudy Wassenaar and the team at Williams Lake Smiles


Request an Appointment

Scroll to Top