Flossing Versus Water Picking

Water picking is a relatively new oral health practice that can effectively improve oral health. But how does it compare to flossing? Water picking is similar to flossing but with high-powered water.

Today, we’re comparing the benefits of water picking with traditional floss. Learn about the benefits of both below.

Water Picking

Water picking is also known as water flossing. This practice uses a special machine that directs a high-pressure stream of water into the mouth. The pressure of the water will massage the gums and dislodge food caught between the teeth. Because water picking uses water, it is much more flexible than traditional flossing and is able to reach more places. Depending on which water pick machine you have, each water picking machine works a little differently. But generally, they have the same effect.

A water pick machine can be expensive to purchase. Because it requires a machine, it can really only be done in your home bathroom, making it not as accessible as traditional floss.

According to the Journal of Clinical Dentistry, a water pick machine can reduce plaque up to 74.4% which is 16.7% more than traditional string floss. Water picking is very effective, but it should not replace traditional flossing. However, it is a great companion to it.

Traditional Flossing

Flossing is an effective way to remove plaque from the surface of teeth and remove food caught between teeth. Dentists encourage daily flossing. A lack of flossing can lead to gum disease. Flossing regularly can prevent and even treat certain gum disease. Flossing is cheap, quick, easy, and accessible. Because traditional flossing requires a string of floss, it is easy to do anywhere, anytime. Dental floss is also available at so many accessible locations, it is an easy thing to acquire.  

There are plenty of other good dental practices out there that can be a great addition to your oral health practices, but none of them can replace flossing. The benefits of flossing cannot be found with any other practice—including water picking.

Oral Health

For the best oral health practices, you should be brushing your teeth at least twice daily and flossing every day. In addition to these practices, water picking can also help to prevent cavities and gum disease. Using a mouth wash will also help to improve oral health. As an added bonus, it will also help you to have fresher breath. It is also important to regularly visit the dentist for professional cleanings, x-rays, and check-ups.

If you’re thinking of upping your oral health game and investing in a water pick, it is a great investment, but it should not replace traditional flossing. Combine the two to combat tooth decay and gum disease and keep your teeth and gums in good health.