There are three things you can always be sure of: death, taxes, and your dentist telling you to floss more.
We get it - you’re busy. Between work meetings, taking the kids to and from school, hectic weekends, late nights and early mornings, it’s easy to understand why flossing would be put on the back burner. You need something quick and convenient to floss your teeth with.
There are two ways you can floss - dental floss or with a water flosser. So which one should you choose? Read on to answer the important question, dental floss VS. water flosser: which is better?
Why should I floss my teeth?
Good question. After all, you do brush your teeth - twice a day, in fact! Surely that’s enough to keep your teeth sparkling and gums healthy?
Not quite. Flossing is one of the best dental hygiene practices because it’s the only dental plaque removal technique that lifts and removes food from in between your teeth. Simply put, flossing reaches the places your toothbrush can’t - in between the nooks and crannies of your teeth.
The space between your teeth and gum line are hard to reach with the bristles of a toothbrush. Plaque build-up in those unreachable areas can:
Not only does dental plaque removal using floss prevent these nasty surprises, but you’ll also be removing the plaque that causes halitosis - otherwise known as bad breath. So your mouth will smell as fresh as it feels!
Floss twice a day, morning and night, to maintain one of the best dental hygiene practices.
What is dental floss?
Dental floss has been used for over a hundred years. It’s true! Dental floss was first recommended in 1819 by a dentist named Levi Spear Parmly in his book, ‘A Practical Guide to the Management of the Teeth’.
Back then, dental floss was made from unwaxed silk. Today, it’s often made from nylon and available in precut lengths in plastic holders or long strands you can cut yourself. You can find it in different flavours and as waxed or unwaxed strands.
Use dental floss to manually clean in between your teeth in a gentle sliding back and forth motion.
What is a water flosser?
If you want to know what a water flosser is, you’ve come to the right place! A water flosser is a handheld device that shoots a stream of water at your teeth hard enough to clean in between them.
Our GENIE1 water flosser uses pulses of water under pressure to blast away what brushing and standard flossing can miss. Five power modes offer options for every comfort level. With five useful attachments included, our Home Hygienist oral irrigator water flossers will give you healthier gums and pearly whites in no time.
The differences between dental floss and a water flosser
Flossing your teeth manually with dental floss can be time-consuming. Why? Because, to floss correctly, you need to glide a length of floss in between each and every one of your teeth.
This takes even longer if your teeth are close together - you may have trouble maneuvering the floss between your teeth. And if you use too much force, you risk damaging your gums or hurting your mouth.
A water flosser, on the other hand, only takes 60 seconds to clean your entire mouth. That’s right! Our Jet Tip is perfect for getting into those hard-to-reach places, especially the back of the mouth. No need to struggle to get a piece of floss in between your teeth - just aim the jet at a 90-degree angle to your gum line and work your way around your mouth.
While traditional flossing can feel like a chore, our Home Hygienist is a better dental plaque removal option - making flossing faster, easier and more effective. The portable oral irrigator is even fun to use!
Dental floss is commonly made out of two polymers, nylon or Teflon. Unfortunately, these are not biodegradable, meaning that once you throw your used floss away, it will stay in the landfill for years to come.
It also often comes in plastic containers and holders, with lots of packaging. And after you have used all your floss, you will need to buy more. The cycle of waste continues.
If being environmentally friendly is important to you, a water flosser is for you!
Instead of wasteful plastic packaging, our GENIE1 water flossers come with a handy travel bag that you can reuse time and again. They also have a long-life rechargeable lithium battery which allows you to travel with your device easily. You can go months without needing a recharge.
And the best part? There’s no need ever to buy another water flosser again! Simply re-fill your flosser with water, and you’re good to go. The 300ml water reservoir gives you up to 100 seconds of continued use, leaving you with a cleaner and brighter smile.
Using dental floss is a fine art - when used correctly, it can leave you with a sparkling smile. If you’re distracted with the kids, or in a hurry, or just using the wrong technique, it can be downright painful.
If you floss too far down below the gum line or too forcefully, you can make your gums bleed. Even worse, using dental floss can cause or worsen gum sensitivity - which can put you off flossing altogether.
Easy to use, water flossers have a simple technique that anyone can follow. Place the tip in the mouth before turning on the unit. Then glide the tip gently around your gum line. Remember to go slowly so you don’t miss any spots.
Some people may experience a learning curve while figuring out their most comfortable water temperature and power setting. But after a few tries, you’ll be water flossing like a pro!
Home Hygienist is an innovative company on a mission to bring convenient and effective dental products to you. Use one of the best dental hygiene practices in the comfort of your own home. Get your Home Hygienist water flosser here!
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