Ever thought about buying a water pick, but you think they might not be worth the extra strain on your budget? For your oral and dental health, water picks definitely do provide benefits, but we still recommend you floss too.
What Are The pros Of Flossing Your Teeth?
If you have never seen a floss pick, check out this one. (We’re not promoting this brand specifically, just using it as an example).
Here are some of the benefits of flossing:
- Reduces & can eliminate plaque
- Reduces risk of cavities
- Helps to reduce gum disease (gingivitis)
- Keeps breath fresher (halitosis)
Who Would Benefit From Using A Water Pick?
Everyone can use a water pick, and they will probably benefit from it too. However, water picks are most beneficial for people who have:
- Non-removable bridges
- Bad arthritis
If you have any of these then a water pick may help you get into those, “hard-to-reach areas”.
What Are The Pros Of A Water Pick?
Water picks definitely have some benefits over traditional flossing:
- Easy-to-use – You may find it easier to spray water instead of using floss, plus water may be softer for more sensitive gums
- Clean and fresh – If you have a mix of 1/3rd mouthwash to 2/3rds water, then you also have the added benefit of the mouthwash.
What Are The Disadvantages Of A Water Pick?
They aren’t perfect, here are some not so great things:
- Not as effective – Using flosses or floss picks will give you more control and more force to get stubborn food particles out.
- Can be messy – You’re spraying water into your mouth, it may splash around the bathroom and cause more cleanup.
- Noise-level – They do produce noise since they have to pump the water from the reservoirs to your mouth.
How Do I Add A Water Pick To Your Routine?
- Brush your teeth for up to 2 minutes (preferably with an electric toothbrush).
- Floss your teeth (using just regular floss, or a floss pick)
- Use the water pick on each one of your teeth (filled with the 70/30 water & mouthwash solution.