Dr. James Ross, Family, Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry in Novi, MI, we keep preventive dentistry top of mind. To that end, there is no telling how many times you have likely been reminded to floss between your teeth daily for optimal oral health. Flossing is an essential part of a complete dental hygiene routine. But in recent years, we have seen a dramatic shift in the way people care for their teeth. Keep reading to hear more about it, and then call us at 248-697-2487 to request your next appointment.

As more people turn to electronic toothbrushes for their twice-daily at-home cleanings, many people are also considering replacing their old-fashioned dental floss. But is a water flosser really better? What about the old saying “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it?” 

Traditional Dental Floss

Traditional dental floss, as most people would recognize it, is a thread or string of material used to clean between your teeth. It is the go-to method for cleaning the hard to reach spaces between your teeth.

Pros of Dental Floss

  • Flossing is an efficient way to remove debris from in between teeth
  • Dental floss is inexpensive and easy to find
  • Flossing is easy and quick
  • You can floss almost anywhere

Cons of Dental Floss

  • It can be hard to floss some areas of your mouth
  • If not done properly, it can cause minor bleeding
  • Flossing can contribute to gum sensitivity
  • Some people find it difficult

Water Flossers

A water flosser is a cleaning tool that uses a thin stream of shooting water to clean between your teeth. When aimed properly, a water flosser can remove debris on or between your teeth.

Pros of Water Flossers

  • A water flosser is easy to use, especially for people with braces or other kinds of dental work
  • Water flossers are particularly helpful for those with arthritis
  • The massaging aspect of a water flosser can improve gum health
  • A water flosser can reach areas of the mouth that traditional dental floss can’t

Cons of Water Flossers

  • Water flossers can be expensive
  • Water flossers take up more room than traditional dental floss
  • Water flossers require electricity and water
  • Water flossers are more difficult to travel with and hard to use outside of your home

What Kind of Flosser Is Right for Me?

If you are still unsure about which kind of dental flosser is right for you, don’t hesitate to ask one of our friendly and knowledgeable team members. At Dr. James Ross, Family, Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry in Novi, MI, we have plenty of experience with both kinds of flossers.

We will discuss your options with you, taking into account certain aspects of your lifestyle, and help you decide if you should switch to a water flosser or stick to traditional dental floss. Fortunately, as long as you use one of the two at least once daily, and come to see us for general dentistry appointments, you can rest assured you are taking good care of your teeth, gums, and oral health overall.

Around here, we strive to keep our patients healthy and well-informed. If you ever have any questions, comments, or concerns that you would like to share with us, call us at 248-697-2487 or contact us online. We look forward to hearing from you and are more than happy to help.