Brushing is not enough.

Brushing is not enough.  But what should be added... floss, interdental brushes or a water flosser?

Brushing alone is not enough

We all know that dental plaque is one of the main aetiological agents involved in the initiation and progression of dental caries, gingivitis and periodontitis. Maintaining good oral hygiene is important to combat such problems, but research has proven that use of a toothbrush alone cannot remove the complete biofilm formation. In fact, as most periodontal diseases originate interproximally and are often more severe and frequent at these sites, interdental cleaning is paramount.

Tooth brushing has limitations and its effectiveness is dependent on the patient using proper technique and spending at least 2 minutes brushing. Electric toothbrushes are considered superior to manual brushes and address some of the limitations of brushing, but they are still unable to access the proximal surfaces of the teeth and the interdental space.  Here is one solution...

A recent study looked at the benefits of using a Water Flosser and sonic toothbrush compared to a sonic toothbrush alone.  The results speak for themselves;  the Water Flosser proved 52% more effective at reducing plaque, 48% more effective at reducing gingivitis and 70% more effective at reducing gingival bleeding.  Alongside either an electric or manual toothbrush, adding a Water Flosser to the daily regimen is easy and will provide the desired results for your patients without the hassle of string floss. Watch Video 

Deciphering the research on interdental cleaning

Interdental brushes (IDB) have been shown to be efficacious at removing plaque and recently the European Federation of Periodontology conducted a review of the literature and reported that IDB are the device of choice for interproximal plaque removal. It also reported there is a lack of evidence for the recommendation of traditional floss in addition to tooth brushing.  There is more to these findings and some things to consider are:

  1. IDB are only recommended if there is sufficient space for the brushes to pass through without causing trauma to the tissue.
  2. Patients may need to use multiple sizes to accommodate the different spacing between their teeth.
  3. Patients may need to use multiple brushes and traditional floss depending on the contour and alignment of the teeth.
  4. The information is for IDB in general and not for any specific design or shape.

Waterpik® Water Flossers have been shown to be superior to traditional floss and can be used with various types of dental work, crowded teeth, orthodontics, implants and for patients in periodontal maintenance.  There is no need to switch products - one tip design can work in all areas or can be quickly changed to another design if desired. Plus, it only takes a minute a day! 

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