Water flossing is both a popular and effective method for removing food debris and plaque from your mouth, more so than regular flossing or brushing. As a matter of fact, water flossing is highly recommended by a number of qualified and renowned dental experts and hygienists due to its ease of use and proficiency.
But how often should you be using a water flosser? Now that’s what this post aims to shed some light on.
Honestly speaking, the number of times you should be flossing every day basically varies according to your situation. But before we get to that, let’s look into the method of water flossing first.
How to Water Floss
There really is no hard and fast rule when it comes to water flossing. In fact, it’s actually so easy that even a kid can do it without facing any troubles.
The first thing you should do is fill your water container with lukewarm water. Then select the tip that you believe is the most appropriate for the task at hand.
Choose your preferred power setting before leaning over the sink. Then place the tip you chose into your mouth and turn the device on.
To properly remove food debris and plaque, you have to shoot along the gumline and straight through the space in between your teeth.
A nice place to start with can be your back molars. Spend no more between 4-8 seconds with them.
When you get to the front of your teeth, 3 seconds should be more than enough, unless you’re targeting a specific area of your teeth.
When switching between the top teeth to the bottom ones, be sure to stop the flow of water by pressing the pause button.
You would want to keep your mouth closed during water flossing as you might end up splashing water all over the place.
As soon as the water container empties, it’s important to keep the water flosser on for a few seconds in order to let the water completely dry out. If not, the biofilm could grow there and cause serious damage to your oral health.
What Happens if We Don’t Floss Regularly?
Not only will your teeth turn yellow, but it will also lead to a number of issues to your overall oral health. Some of these problems include:
1. Gum Disease
Bleeding gums are an obvious sign of trouble. If during brushing, your gums start to bleed, then it’s highly possible you’re suffering from periodontal diseases.
2. Plaque Build-up
Flossing is what keeps plaque at bay. Or else it could build to the point where it invites a slew of unsightly dental diseases.
3. Bad Breath
This is an obvious one.
4. Being Toothless
Without regular brushing or flossing, you could end up losing some or even all of your teeth due to gum disease and cavity.
How Often Should One Use a Water Flosser?
Flossing is oftentimes forgotten, even though people remember to brush their teeth twice a day. Apparently, more than half of the male population in America alone don’t brush their teeth twice a day, and the women aren’t far behind either, with only 56.8% of them brushing twice a day.
The American Dental Association recommend that you not only brush your teeth twice a day but that you also floss your teeth twice a day as well. This is described as “two critical behaviors to prevent the risk of all oral infections.” This is especially important as almost half of the American population has periodontitis, which is a well-known gum disease.
So we’re aware now why experts recommend flossing twice daily, but every mouth is different, so you might want to adjust that a bit slightly. There is more benefit to flossing more than once a day to get rid of that stubborn food debris than running the risk of over flossing on a single occasion.
On the other hand, if you do want to floss more vigorously in a single day to remove food debris, you should go easy or else wait a day or two before your next flossing session to avoid hurting or even damaging your gums.