Can water flossers damage gums?
July 12, 2019
Quite a few of my friends told me that it’s not really a good idea to use water flossers because they can actually end up damaging your gums.
As curious as I am about dental stuff, I decided to jump in and do my research on this.
And guess what I found?
I found that it’s a complete myth. If anything water flossers actually keep your gums healthier by cleaning the teeth and the pockets more effectively than conventional floss!
Well, as it just seems to happen, some people just haven’t really adapted to this new method yet.
They still feel like the older method of flossing is better and that water wouldn’t be able to clean as effectively as physically flossing.
However, quoting the Nassau County Periodontist,
The Waterpik has been clinically proven to provide significant oral health benefits to users, including those with implants, crowns, braces and even diabetes.
Is there really any cause for concern?
Well, one of the main things you might want to ask me at this point is if there’s really any reason to be concerned.
I’ll be honest with you. There really is no reason to be concerned over choosing to use water flossers.
However, it must be kept in mind that you still need to take care of your teeth. Only flossing wouldn’t keep your teeth in top shape.
So, you still need to brush properly and use mouthwashes to keep your oral hygiene as awesome as you want it to be.
Now, it’s really easy to actually damage your gums. Honestly, one small mistake can be enough. So, it’s important to actually pay attention to everything that you’re doing.
Every product that you opt for and every method that you choose to go for, even in order to keep your oral hygiene up, is a decision that must be made after serious studying and consideration.
What are the main points to consider?
As you might be able to guess, there are quite a lot of things that must be taken into consideration when it comes to your dental hygiene.
However, the main ones among these might be summed up as follows:
- Healthy Eating: We all love to eat food that tastes great and there’s nothing wrong about that. But there are some foods that are actually slightly worse for your dental and overall oral health than others. Healthy eating might be a great way to keep your oral hygiene in shape. This is something that is recommended, but this is one of those things that are left at the individual’s discretion. The following things are a lot more compulsory.
- Clean Toothbrush: The first and foremost thing you need to keep in mind is that you need a clean, sterile toothbrush in order to keep your gums, teeth and overall dental health perfect. Click here to find out how you might be able to perfectly clean your toothbrush.
- Daily brushing and use of mouthwash: Another really important thing is regular brushing and regular use of mouthwash. A lot of the people I know simply have problems because they aren’t serious about their dental health. This is something that must be avoided at all costs, you need to be alert at all times!
- Flossing: Flossing is one of the things that is often overlooked. However, it is actually pretty important. As we mentioned a while earlier studies show that water flossing is actually a better choice than conventional flossing. However, flossing is a whole is also a really healthy habit that must always be encouraged.
One important thing to keep in mind
However, while all these things actually work towards giving you a better oral health, there is one thing that needs to be kept in mind.
The main thing is to actually be alert and to make informed choices. Anything can end up damaging your gums or teeth if you’re not careful enough, and water flossers are not an exception.
With really improper use, you can manage to actually damage your gums or teeth even with a water flosser. However, this is a really unlikely scenario.
You’re much more likely to choose a wrong kind of toothpaste or mouthwash or just brush in a wrong way, these things have a far greater potential of damaging your gums.
The life-span of the toothbrush: And why proper care is important
One thing you might want to keep in mind is that while your toothbrush wouldn’t last forever, the overall care you put into it actually determines how long it’s going to last.
As someone who has seen people completely destroying their toothbrush in a week, I know how important care is. So, that’s what I’m going to recommend.
I’d really like to ask you to take care of your toothbrush. And how long is it going to last? Well, I’ve already written a comprehensive article on that just to help you out with your question!
Tooth Advocates is here for you, always!
Well, we’ve reached the end of yet another article! I really hope that you liked the article, and found the answer to your question.
Keep in mind that flossing is a great habit and that water flossers have been proven by studies to actually be the better than conventional ones, so there’s no reason to be afraid of going for water flossers.
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We hope to see you again on our upcoming article. Till then, we here at Tooth Advocates take your leave and wish you a great day!