Benefits of Water Flossing

You’ve heard of it—water flossing! It’s the new product range in oral hygiene and with good reason. A research study revealed that the classic jet tipped water flosser was more effective at reducing gum bleeding and gingivitis—by 93% and 52% respectively.

From gingivitis to dental implants, let us show you some of the benefits of water flossing. But first, do you know what a water flosser is?

So, what is a water flosser?

A water flosser is a dental health appliance designed for maintaining oral hygiene at home. They come in different size and shapes, but all Waterpik water flossers have the following:

  • A specialised water flosser tip
  • A water reservoir, and
  • A motor with a pump

How it works

A water flosser emits a pulsating water stream that you can use to clean some of the unreachable areas of your teeth. It works by creating a hydraulic force which is strong enough to remove biofilm and is also very gentle on your teeth.

It is effective at removing food particles, pathogens and plaques. The pulsating action also helps to stimulate your gum tissue which is an added benefit.

If you are having trouble choosing the right water flosser, head over to our best buying guide for water flossers, which contains 10 reviews of the best available water flossers on the market. 

Great substitute for those with dental implants

Thanks to development in dental technology, dental implants have become a viable solution for people who’ve lost their teeth. But implants do come with risks, and one of those is peri-implant mucositis.

Peri-implant mucositis is a condition where the gum tissue surrounding your dental implant is inflamed. If the problem is detected early by a dentist, then it can be immediately resolved.

Peri-implant mucositis is a relatively common condition affecting up to 50% of implant sites and occurs in about 80% of people with dental implants. So, what causes it? The accumulation of bacterial biofilm.

For people with dental implants, flossing isn’t an option. Fortunately, since the Plaque Seeker tip in water flosser can help the user scour the bacterial biofilm and wash it away. However, if it is left untreated, it could worsen and become peri-implantitis. Peri-implantitis causes a loss in bone and results in implant failure.

Safe and gentle on braces

We all know that cleaning braces can be a challenging and tedious process. Water flossing makes cleaning braces a breeze, but some dentists still recommend you use a string floss.

For you to clean braces, you will need a specialised floss with a loop on one end where you insert the dental floss. You will also need to navigate around your braces and floss each tooth.

With a water flosser, you won’t have to do any of that. It simply shoots a stream of water and removes food debris and plaques. This is not only more effective at cleaning your braces but saves you time. A win-win situation, don’t you agree?

Penetrates deeper into pockets

Unlike string flossing, water flossing has more pocket penetration. In fact, according to scientific findings, water flossing using the classic jet tip had a 50% pocket depth penetration.

The penetration depth varies with the depth of each pocket with the deepest one occurring above 7mm pockets. The water Pik Pocket tip was found to deliver a 90% depth penetration in a pocket less than 6mm deep and up to 64% in a pocket with a depth greater than 7mm.

However, even though there is no scientific documentation to back this up, most dentists agree that floss will reach about 3mm in depth due to anatomical of technique constraints.

A study of adolescents aged between 11 and 17 and who water flossed daily with for four weeks reduced plaque by three times more, compared to string flossing and manual brushing. Additionally, they had a plaque reduction which was five times more than those who just brushed.

Reduce gum irritation 

Compared to string flossing, water flossing is much more comfortable and easier on your gum. Does it hurt or do you bleed whenever your flossing with a string? Well, you can easily prevent that thanks to the adjustable settings and variety of pick heads in a water flosser.

Furthermore, there are some water picks that have been specially designed for people who have very sensitive gums. These picks are gentle compared to other flossing techniques and will improve your overall oral health and reduce gingivitis.

Reduces periodontal infection

A major flossing benefit is it ejects subgingival bacteria from your teeth pockets through its pulsating action. Water flossing has been shown to reduce up to 6mm of bacteria in teeth with no orthodontic instrumentation.

Additionally, when tooth brushing was compared to water flossing and mouth rinsing it was found that only through water flossing can you reduce subgingival bacteria.

Furthermore, according to American Academy of Periodontology, water flossing allows the user to maintain the reduced level of bacteria attained in root planning.

Helps diabetics

It was found that people with diabetes have an elevated risk of developing periodontal disease and often experience severe gingivitis. A research study conducted on people with diabetes revealed that diabetic patients who water flossed had a 44% and 41% reduction in bleeding and gingivitis

Easy to use

Not only do you waste a lot of time by string flossing but it’s also very tiring and boring.

Even still, trying to floss each tooth may be difficult especially the further inwards you go—towards the molars. On the other hand, water flossing simply uses a powerful pulsating stream of water to clean out those hard to reach areas.

All that you have to do is pick your flosser, direct it appropriately and fire away. That’s really all there is to it.

Final thoughts

Water flossing makes your routine flossing significantly easier. Compared to string flossing, water flossing is a lot less messy, and you won’t have to stick your hands in your mouth and make funny faces.

From minimising periodontal infections in diabetics to reducing gum irritation, to cleaning dental implants and braces. There’s no denying the huge benefits of water flossing, but we’ve only covered just a couple of them.

Are there any other benefits we haven’t mentioned? Be sure to leave a comment in the comment section below and let us know what you think.

  • August 1, 2017
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