Should You Floss with Water or Mouthwash or With a Liquid Flosser?
Posted on 3/15/2019 by Office
Flossing your teeth is important. This is because you don't want plaque (a soft, sticky film full of bacteria) to build up on your teeth. Of course, there are many other great ways in which you can also prevent this from happening, including using a water pique (a.k.a. liquid flosser) and mouthwash.
Flossing Away Plaque
With dental floss you're able to get down, around and in between your teeth where the plaque builds up. These are areas that are difficult for your toothbrush to reach, but this isn't true for dental floss.
Using a Waterpik or Liquid Flosser to do Away with Plaque
It's important to understand that you can't depend fully on a waterpik to remove all the plaque from your teeth. This is because the only real way to remove plaque from your teeth is by using your toothbrush to create a mechanical, gentle scrubbing action followed by flossing. Instead you should see this as an aid for your toothbrush that will rinse away any leftover soft plaque particles. Of course, this is also another beneficial way of cleaning your teeth.
Washing Plaque Away with Mouthwash
Antiseptic mouthwash is something you should include in your daily oral health routine. This is because studies show that using mouthwash will reduce dental plaque on your teeth by roughly 22.2%. It's also able to reduce the likelihood of you having problems with things like gingivitis.
While you may understand the importance of removing plaque from your teeth, it's easy to still find yourself feeling really confused about what the best way to make this happen is. Hopefully this information has helped you some, but if you still have some questions about this topic, make sure you give us a call and set up a time to come in and discuss these things with us.
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