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Which is Better, String Floss or a Water Flosser?

added on: January 12, 2022

David M. Rizk, DDSIf you’re debating on whether to buy string floss or a water flosser, you’re probably wondering if there’s really a difference between the two. After all, there are dozens of types of products out there that claim to help keep your teeth clean, but all of them have pros and cons, so it can be hard to decide which one is the best floss for you. Thankfully, your dentist in El Paso is here to help. Let’s take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of both string floss and water flossers, so you can find the best choice that works for your lifestyle and dental needs.

Advantages of String Floss

String floss has been around since the 1800s. While, of course, there have been tweaks made to the original concept since then, it has ultimately withstood the test of time. Traditional string floss has many advantages, and, more importantly, it works to remove plaque and tartar buildup between the teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach. Some of the pros of string floss include:

  • Affordability
  • Ease of use
  • Comfortability 
  • Portability 

Essentially, string floss is easy to use, easy to find, and easy to travel with. That, partnered with the fact that it effectively cleans teeth, makes it a viable option. 

Disadvantages of String Floss

However, as with everything, there are a few disadvantages of string floss. Some dentists in El Paso may claim that it’s easy to damage gums with traditional floss. For example, instead of gently wiggling the floss between the teeth, some patients are rough with floss and jam it up too high into the gums or snap it out of each tooth. This can exacerbate any existing mild gum recession or tooth sensitivity. The other downside of string floss is that some people may find it difficult to use, especially younger kids or those with mobility trouble. 

Advantages of Water Flossers

While water flossers are newer than string floss and didn’t make their appearance in the dental world until the 1960s, they are still effective at cleaning the hard-to-reach areas between teeth. Additionally, water flossers have some similar advantages as traditional string floss, such as ease of use. Those who find string floss hard to use may benefit from a water flosser. Others who may find a water flosser better than string floss include those with:

  • Sensitive teeth
  • Braces
  • Gum recession

Water flossers are an excellent choice for anyone who finds string floss difficult to use. After all, the best floss is the floss that’s used. 

Disadvantages of Water Flossers

One of the main disadvantages of water flossers is that they can be expensive, especially when compared to cheaper string floss. Additionally, most water flossers are large and will take up space on your counter, and can’t be hidden inside a drawer like string floss. If you’re someone who travels, it’s important to know that water flossers can be difficult to travel with. 

Ultimately, when debating on what floss is best for you, think about which one you will use. Consider your lifestyle, mobility, and budget. You can also talk to your dentist in El Paso about their recommendations for your individual dental health. 

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