Oral Irrigation versus Flossing?

Oral Irrigator“If you were stuck on a desert island and a boat could bring only one thing, you’d want it to bring floss,” says Samuel B. Low, DDS, former president of the American Academy of Periodontology. “But I’m convinced that the only time some of my patients floss is an hour before showing up in my office.”

Most dentists would agree that with regular brushing and flossing, oral irrigation is a wonderful addition to your dental hygiene routine.  When you use it instead of floss, however, the worry becomes that you are no longer able to achieve the same results that flossing provides along the side surfaces of teeth and under the gum line.

A 2005 clinical study concludes that when combined with manual or sonic tooth brushing, oral irrigation is an effective alternative to manual tooth brushing and dental floss for reducing bleeding, gingival inflammation, and plaque removal. (J Clin Dent 16:71-77, 2005).

Did you know that most people don’t floss on a regular basis, and that some don’t floss at all? No worries if you use The Smile Routine — for most of our users, oral irrigation is easier and more enjoyable than flossing so they’re more likely to do it on a daily basis. Encouraging The Smile Routine users to floss at least a couple of times a week is one way to help them to stay on top of their results and to see for themselves that they are successfully removing plaque.

:c) SMILEY TIP: Stick to a moderate water jet setting when using your oral irrigatorPeople tend to think that if a moderate speed is good, a higher speed must be awesome. Dentist usually encourage you to use a moderate water jet setting to decrease the chance of irritating your gums.

Thanks for sharing a smile.
Happy smiling!
D.L.

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