When Water Flossers are More Effective

By: Dr. James Frizzell, Mar 20, 2014
  Question

Can I use a water-based irrigating device instead of flossing?

Using water flossers instead of dental floss

Don’t use water irrigation devices as a substitute for toothbrushing and flossing. But they are effective around orthodontic braces that retain food in areas a toothbrush cannot reach. However, they do not remove plaque.

Water irrigation devices are frequently recommended by dentists for persons with gum disease. Solutions containing antibacterial agents like chlorhexidine or tetracycline, available through a dentist’s prescription, can be added to the reservoir.

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This accreditation ensures that he keeps up to date with the latest advances in cosmetic care and technology through extensive continuing education. He has many years of experience in esthetic dentistry and has been acknowledged of providing fine cosmetic treatment by many of his satisfied dental patients throughout the Niagara Region.

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