Waterpik vs. Traditional Flossing – Which One Is Better?


Are Waterpiks better than traditional Flossing?

One of the most widely spoken about debates in the world of dentistry today is the one between waterpik and flossing for dental cleaning. While waterpik has been recently developed as a tooth cleaning method, it has gained widespread popularity due to the many advantages it offers. Before I move on to discuss a few of those pointers, it is essential to understand what exactly Waterpik is.

What is Waterpik?

Waterpik is a known brand among dental devices popular for its range of water flossers, an oral health appliance devised for dental care at home. Although water flossers come in a variety of different sizes, designs and features, the core element is a motor with pump that causes a stream of water to flow from the reservoir from the tip straight into the mouth. This pressurised and pulsating stream of water then cleans the teeth to remove any food particles or bacteria, similar to how a traditional string floss operates.

Advantages of using Waterpik over flossing

  • It is more effective than string flossing

According to several clinical research studies, if you use the Waterpik for a minute per day, your chances of preventing gingivitis are 51% more effective. Moreover, it is twice as effective at reducing gingival bleeding and 29% more effective at removing plaque. According to a study by the manufacturers, it is five times more effective than brushing if you consider reducing plaque on your teeth.

  • It is more useful if you have braces, cleaning bridges or crowns

Many people who have braces or other dental implants might find it hard to floss with a string. In the case of a waterpik, it is very convenient to direct the flow of water towards the teeth and gums, which makes it easy to clean around braces. If there is any food caught behind the braces, you can easily blast away the debris from behind the wires.

  • It is easier than using a flossing string

If you are among a sizeable chunk of the population who have not yet got their hand at the correct flossing technique, a waterpik would be the ideal option for you. It is easier to reach the most remote areas of your mouth with a Waterpik dental flosser, such as periodontal pockets or pockets around wisdom teeth and hence, many people feel that using a water flosser such as Waterpik is both more pleasant and easier than using a traditional flossing string.

  • It gives greater control

 Waterpik allows you to adjust the pressure settings according to your convenience, so that you can determine the force with which you want the water to hit your teeth and gums. Moreover, water is softer than using a flossing string on the teeth and is great for those with sensitivity. The pulsating action also stimulates blood flow in your gums for added medical benefits.

Practicing good oral hygiene is extremely important for your overall health and facial features. You should by now have a good idea of how a Waterpik compares to a regular dental floss. If you can’t decide for yourself, consult your dentist and devise a plan to take care of your oral hygiene at home.

Remember, healthy teeth make a healthy smile!

Dr. Nishan Halim


Nishan Halim, DMD specializes in adult and pediatric restorative and cosmetic dentistry, as well as preventive dentistry, which is at the heart of this Capitol Hill, Washington DC neighborhood dental center. Contact Dr. Halim to schedule an appointment and find out how his comprehensive approach is best for your situation.

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