I Use a Water Flosser, Is Traditional Floss Still Necessary?

Many people have started using water flossers to help keep their teeth clean, but is traditional floss still necessary if you use a water flosser?

Yes. Keep in mind that water flossers are only an adjunct to brushing and flossing. If you only use water flossers and don’t floss you can still get cavities in between your teeth. You need to break the contact between your teeth with floss. Dr. Florian recommends hand flossing first to get the food debris out, then brushing to remove stain and plaque and then water flossing to finish the clean. Substitute Listerine for water to kill bacteria and your smile will love you for it!

Besides properly brushing and flossing your teeth, visiting the dentist on a regular basis is important for keeping your smile healthy. If you're due for a cleaning or have any questions about the health of your teeth, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Florian today.