We know you probably hate flossing, we hear that a lot. How many times have you gone to floss and your gums start bleeding and the circulation is cut off from tightening the dental floss around your fingers? Probably too many times to count.
At Align Ortho, we understand the hate for flossing, although we know it’s a mandatory thing to have better oral hygiene. While flossing is needed, Dr. James Scramstad provides his patients with Waterpik to help ease them into the world of flossing. We’re working on turning the hate into a general like for cleaning your teeth, one Waterpik at a time!
It’s not easy to have braces and have to floss between all of the wires. You may even be thinking “How do you floss with braces?”. We’re here to answer that question and let you know why the Waterpik is our answer.
The Waterpik is an easy and effective way to floss without the string. It’s easy to use and does all the work for you with the use of high-powered water. It’s the easiest way to floss with braces and takes less than one minute. It’s an effective way to floss with braces because it removes plaque and debris where traditional brushing and flossing can’t reach.
The Waterpik uses water to get in between the teeth, allowing for food to be removed without the need of dental floss. It is used to address specific dental needs including cleaning braces and Orthodontics, treating periodontal pockets and cleaning implants and any dental work done such as crowns, bridges and veneers.
Dr. Scramstad knows that many of his patients don’t enjoy flossing. But, he knows that you have to floss when you have braces (and when you don’t), which is why he recommends this alternative. The Waterpik should be an addition to dental floss. Clinical studies have shown that the Waterpik allows patients with braces to floss regularly, with little hardship. The Waterpik is:
51% more effective than dental floss for reducing gingivitis
2X as effective as dental floss at reducing gingival bleeding
29% more effective as dental floss at removing plaque
If you’re wondering how to floss with your braces and how exactly the Waterpik works, let us break it down for you.
To use the Waterpik there are six simple steps you have to follow:
Fill the reservoir with warm water and place firmly on the base
Select a tip and click into the handle
Start with the lowest pressure setting, lean over the sink, place the tip in your mouth
Aim the tip at the gumline
When finished, turn unit off and use the tip eject button to remove the tip
You should use your Waterpik every day after you brush your teeth. This final step will allow you to have better gum and tooth health and it will help once your braces are removed. As we mentioned above, the Waterpik shouldn’t completely eliminate dental floss. It should be used as an easy addition to your oral health routine.
If you have any more questions about flossing when you have braces, contact Align Ortho today. We can provide you with more tips and recommendations to provide you with the easiest way to floss with braces.