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Can my Water Pick Replace Regular Floss?

We all know that brushing at least twice per day and flossing at least once per day is the basic bread and butter of oral health. But what if you have a water pick? You may ask, “Can my water pick replace regular floss?”

Water Picks

Water Picks are super convenient- especially for people with braces, bridges, or tight spaces between teeth! They work by shooting a steady stream of water in between teeth and around the gums to remove food and build up. However, the Mayo Clinic brought out, “it isn’t generally considered a substitute for brushing and flossing. It doesn’t generally remove visible film and plaque on your teeth, but can aid in reduction of bacteria even below the gumline.”

Regular Floss

Floss is super easy and has been around a very long time! During this long history, it has proven its effectiveness. Dentists will always tell you to use traditional floss because it is able to thoroughly remove debris, plaque, and bacteria. Unlike the water flosser, regular floss can scrape the sides of teeth and reach further beneath the gums.

The Bottom Line

Without doubt, the water pick can add leaps and bounds to your oral hygiene routine! Unfortunately, this method should never be in place of traditional flossing or brushing. Don’t forget to brush and floss daily as well as keep your regular dental appointments! Give us a call at (760) 466-0776 or visit our website.