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Regular Floss vs Water Flosser

Cartoon with dental floss in outer space stating that North Americans buy over 3 million miles of floss a year.
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Flossing can be a chore for most of us. Some people prefer the traditional dental floss, but others prefer using a water flosser since it requires less maneuvering. But which one should you choose? Read on to learn more about water flossers and traditional dental floss.

Pros & Cons of Water Flossers

A water flosser uses pressurized water to floss your teeth and remove plaque and bacteria. One of the most well known brands is called WaterPik but other brands also work well. People with braces often like water flossers since it’s hard to get traditional floss around the wires and brackets. People who have arthritis may also find a water flosser easier to manage than floss. If you have bridgework, a water flosser can make it easier to keep your mouth clean. A water flosser can remove plaque in hard-to-reach areas.


There’s definitely a learning curve with water flossers. A person will need to figure out comfortable water temperatures and power settings for them. Water flossers can also be a bit messy if you aren’t careful. Water flossers are also more expensive products.

Pros & Cons of Dental Floss

Traditional dental floss is made from nylon and comes in different flavors. Nothing beats dental floss for removing plaque and bacteria from in between your teeth. It is inexpensive and comes in different varieties, including waxed, unwaxed, tape and floss holders. However, some people may find dental floss difficult to manage. Some areas in the mouth may be hard to reach or teeth may be so close together that it is difficult to get floss between them. You may also floss wrong and potentially cause your gums to bleed.

Which One Is Better?

Both a water flosser and traditional dental floss are effective tools to remove plaque from between your teeth. One of them isn’t necessarily better than the other. You can decide which flossing tool to use based on your personal preference. It’s more important to ensure that you are flossing every day. If you find you are more likely to floss if you have a water flosser, then you can use that to floss.


Don’t forget to also brush your teeth twice a day to fully remove plaque and bacteria from your mouth. Regular dental hygiene appointments are also essential to clean out plaque and tartar that no amount of flossing or water flossing can remove. If you have questions about what is best for you, we can discuss the options with you when you come in for your semi-annual appointment.

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