Oral care is, fortunately, an uncomplicated matter that we must attend to every day. We brush, we floss, we eat well, we repeat. Seems simple, right? When we look at the ease with which we should be able to take care of our teeth and gums, it may seem alarming to hear that more than three-quarters of the population will develop gum disease. How would you feel if you were to imagine losing all of your teeth sometime in your seventies? Most of us don’t like to think about such things, but we really should.
To know the value of flossing as a part of a healthy oral care regimen is one thing. To do it – daily – is another. A high percentage of people report that they don’t floss on a routine basis. There are varied reasons why this may be. For some, flossing may be physically difficult due to arthritis, poor hand grip, TMJ pain, or other reasons. In quite some instances, people admit to just forgetting, or not liking the task of flossing. We suggest that a little water may change all that.
How Water-Flossing May Support Oral Health
Water-flossing is something that may be achieved with a device such as a Waterpik. This home-unit is a small version of the oral irrigation used in dental offices. The mechanism is similar, though. To clean debris from the mouth during dental treatments, a stream of water is used (then suctioned). At home, this same concept can be used to complete oral care. Pressurized water from the reservoir of the machine travels through a small tip that can be aimed at any part of the mouth. The points that should be touched by water include the gum line around every tooth and the space in between every set of teeth.
What to know about Water-Flossing
Studies have shown the clear advantage to a good flossing routine. If a tool like a Waterpik is the way to ensure flossing is done every day, then that’s a win in our book. Consistency is key. Depending on current oral health, there may be a need for closer follow up in the dental office. Some people who use an oral irrigator instead of floss also add an antibacterial solution to the water used to cleanse hard-to-reach places.