We all have been listening since our childhood that maintaining appropriate oral hygiene is highly important. Following good oral hygiene is not only important for dental health only but it is also necessary for overall physical health. Very few of us are aware of the fact that poor oral hygiene is highly associated with a number of serious illnesses. A few of which are fatal as well. One of the serious diseases caused by poor dental hygiene is heart disease. Others are pulmonary or respiratory diseases and even brain diseases such as dementia. So now you can have a clear idea that how much our dental hygiene is important for us.
For the purpose of good dental and oral health hence it is necessary to floss your teeth daily along with brushing. One of the researches showed that only half of the Americans floss their teeth daily. And sadly 18% of Americans do not floss at all. If you are not following a good oral health routine then you must be going to have dental health problems very soon.
Flossing is not that easy that many of us know. It not only takes your time and energy but also can damage your gums sometimes.
How do you use water floss?
Thanks to the technology that we have water flossers with us. They are very easy to use even if you have never used a flosser before. There are mainly three types of water flossers. Each of them has its own way of the mechanism. Some of them are portable and others have a countertop with them. However basic procedure of using a flosser in a right way is following:
- First, you need to select the right tip for your mouth and connect it to the device.
- Connect the device to the water source. This could be done by either connecting it to the water directly or to the reservoir present within the device.
- You can adjust the temperature of water according to the sensitivity of your teeth.
- By selecting the lowest pressure of the device, place the tip into your mouth. Keep that in your mind that your position must be leaning towards the sink or wash basin.
- Now switch on the device by closing your mouth to avoid splashing of water.
- You must place the tip at 45 degrees to your gums line. Move it into your mouth covering all the areas including teeth, gums and gum line.
- Continue this for at least good 5 to 10 minutes and turn the device off.
- Remove all the remaining water from the reservoir, so that it remains hygienic.
Along with this practice, you can also use good quality mouth wash with antibacterial properties.
Below are the three types of water flossers that are commonly recommended by dental care practitioners.
It is one of the heaviest water flossers being used by people. It can be placed on the counter in your bathroom and needs a power supply to be switched on. It also has a water reservoir with it. This flosser has a manageable pressure in it. You can adjust the pressure according to your ease.
As the name shows this is the easiest one to carry and use. It is very handy and can be put anywhere in the bathroom or either somewhere in your room as well. They are not bound to a power socket to be switched on. Else they have a battery which can be kept charged and used afterward for many days. They can also be easily kept in your suitcase just in case you are going somewhere. They have a small water reservoir in them.
They are one of the best flossers to be used. They are slim and smart and occupy very little space in your bathrooms. They can be attached directly to the water supply so they don’t need a water reservoir to be filled for flossing. They are also power supplied by a battery and don’t need a socket nearby to be switched on. The water pressure for flossing is adjustable according to the need. You can adjust the pressure according to your wish. Another amazing added up feature to this floss is that it can also be attached to your shower as well. So you no need to always have a regular tap to attach for water supply.
How to use floss with braces
If you are having braces you must find it difficult to brush and clean your teeth completely. Water flossers are the best choice for this purpose. They even reach the areas where your regular floss or even toothbrush cannot reach easily. Hence it cleans your mouth more efficiently than regular brushing. The pressure that water floss exerts cleans up all the debris and plaque from the teeth even under braces. They have a tip that can be perfectly used in order to clean braces. Sometimes the tip is also has a small brush with it for cleaning purpose. You can easily use any of the above-described flossers if you are having braces. Adjust the pressure according. Start with lower pressure and keep on increasing it gradually till you want. Keep the tip lean to the gum line and start moving it to and fro. Continue this practice for at least 15 minutes or till the cleaning is completed.
How often should you floss your teeth?
There is no such guideline that when should you floss your teeth. You can floss your teeth daily whether you are using water floss or dental floss. Water floss consumes less of your time and energy than that of the dental floss. However, it is highly recommended whether you are brushing your teeth twice a day, yet you can floss daily.
Water flossing is one best solution to your oral health problems. If you are having braces even then you can floss your teeth easily. On the other hand it is best for the people who have less of a time hence making it convenient to use.