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Most people don’t enjoy flossing very much, which is one of the reasons that water flossers have become such a popular option to replace traditional flossing.

However, it’s important to know whether or not water flossers are as effective as regular floss and what, if any, added oral health benefits they present to you.

So let’s look at those questions, as well as a brief overview of what a water flosser is.

What are they?

Water flossers are exactly what they sound like – appliances that shoot water through a narrow tube to flush food and debris from between your teeth, as well as cleaning areas of your mouth that are hard or impossible to clean fully with your brush.

How effective are they?

This is where you do see a discrepancy between water flossers and regular floss. Water flossers are great at helping you clean other areas of your mouth and make sure there’s no food or debris stuck between your teeth. However, they can’t remove plaque. Regular floss physically wipes the plaque away, while a water flosser only rinses the area and doesn’t provide enough pressure to remove plaque. So if you have problems with excessive plaque buildup, you should look into becoming familiar with regular flossing.

For more information about flossing, call us today at (605) 335-8640. Our team here at Prairie Dental Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, can’t wait to help you!