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Jan 3, 2024

Water Jet vs Floss: Which Is Better?

What Are the Differences Between a Water Jet and Traditional Floss

The choice between a water jet or water pick and traditional flossing depends on personal preference, oral health needs, and any specific dental work you may have. So, while both are good, there are somethings you need to know before choosing one over the other.

The Benefits of a Water Jet

A water jet is going to be gentler on the gums compared to traditional floss. This makes them much more suitable for people with sensitive gums. Water jets can also be particularly useful for those with dental work like braces, bridges, or implants, as they can help clean those harder-to-reach areas.

The Cons of a Water Jet

While water jets can remove plaque and debris, they may not be as effective as traditional floss when it comes to removing sticky plaque between the teeth and below the gum line. Water jets also need regular cleaning and maintenance to prevent bacteria buildup in the device.

The Benefits of Traditional Floss

Flossing is known for its effectiveness in removing plaque and debris between the teeth and along the gum line. It is also easy to carry around with you, inexpensive, and doesn’t require any electricity or batteries to work, making it a bit more convenient than a water jet.

The Cons of Traditional Floss

Some people find flossing uncomfortable, especially when they have sensitive gums or tight spaces between their teeth. Flossing around dental work like braces and bridges can also be more challenging compared to using a water jet.

Using a Combination of Both

For more comprehensive oral care, you can use a combination of a water jet and traditional flossing. The water jet can be used to remove larger debris and for irrigating those harder-to-reach areas, while traditional floss can be effective in cleaning between tight spaces and removing plaque.

The choice between the two depends on your preferences and what you and your Logan dentist have discussed concerning your oral care.

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