Water flossing yay or ney? Dental hygiene.

TheGhostOfAgassi

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And which one to choose to try? I want the best one.
Normal flossing is a bit nasty.

I have fallen in love with Phillips Sonicare. Better than oral b and normal toothbrush. Makes my teeth cleaner and also whiter than a normal toothbrush, quite a big difference. One can feel it w the tounge. Everyone I have recommended it to says the same and it’s no way back to normal toothbrush. I also tend to brush too hard w normal toothbrush, it’s bad for my gums.

Because of my good experience w Phillips Sonicare I feel like getting Airflow flossing from Phillips. But when I read reviews it’s not always listed as the best one!! It’s several brands on the marked.

What is your dental hygiene?
 

ChaelAZ

Legend
There are some benefits for air/water flossers, but not that much over regular flossing. You do get a more hygienic experience, as you mention. We have the Sonicare and like the Phillips brand.
 

TheGhostOfAgassi

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There are some benefits for air/water flossers, but not that much over regular flossing. You do get a more hygienic experience, as you mention. We have the Sonicare and like the Phillips brand.
Yes I know it’s not as good as regular flossing, but at the same time it’s other benefits w water flossing as it’s great to clean down the gums.
Of course I’ll never stop the Sonicare, it is one of my favourite things in life! (Along w the epilator, but that’s a whole other subject lol)

Did you try the water flosser?
I just don’t like to have my fingers inside my mouth and all that.
 

ChaelAZ

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Yes I know it’s not as good as regular flossing, but at the same time it’s other benefits w water flossing as it’s great to clean down the gums.
Of course I’ll never stop the Sonicare, it is one of my favourite things in life! (Along w the epilator, but that’s a whole other subject lol)

Did you try the water flosser?
I just don’t like to have my fingers inside my mouth and all that.

My wife has been a hygiensit for 25 years and teaching in the dental program at the college. She brings home everything for us to test, so I have done both air and water. They both work well, but I like just regular flossing personally.
 

Zara

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I have never tried either air or water flossing as I prefer regular flossing but I won't mind trying the water one and see how I feel.

I am just not highly convinced if water or air cleans everything.
 
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TheGhostOfAgassi

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My wife has been a hygiensit for 25 years and teaching in the dental program at the college. She brings home everything for us to test, so I have done both air and water. They both work well, but I like just regular flossing personally.
Thank you!! Thats great information since she is educated in the field!!
Ill probably go for Phillips then since I am so pleased w Sonicare.
 

hollywood9826

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I think have arthritis or something and regular flossing hurts my hands to hold and my teeth are close in some places, so regular floss is a struggle to fit between the teeth anyway. With my waterpik I don't have to worry about that, the wand is easy enough to hold and it blast things out pretty well.

But I also use an OralB electric so maybe we don't see eye to eye on this one. Havent used sonciare though, always like the OralB rotary action for some reason.
 

TheGhostOfAgassi

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I have never tried either air or water flossing as I prefer regular flossing but I won't mind trying the water one and see how I feel.

I am just not highly convinced if water or air clean everything.
I know it doesn’t clean exactly the same way as normal floss. But it will clean in a way that is great for the gums, and it will maybe remove plaque in other places than the floss will do.
At the dentist I love doing a type of water/charcoal cleanse. Teeth feels so clean after!
 

TheGhostOfAgassi

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I think have arthritis or something and regular flossing hurts my hands to hold and my teeth are close in some places, so regular floss is a struggle to fit between the teeth anyway. With my waterpik I don't have to worry about that, the wand is easy enough to hold and it blast things out pretty well.

But I also use an OralB electric so maybe we don't see eye to eye on this one. Havent used sonciare though, always like the OralB rotary action for some reason.
The sonicare vibration is quicker and also more gentle. I prefer it before oral b. But oral be better than normal toothbrush. I am sure you wouldn’t be disappointed w the Sonicare.
Which water flossing brand are you using? It’s called Waterpik? I don’t care so much about brands, I just want a functional and best one.
My teeth are also quite tight! I’m a bit obsessed by this, I hate to have things stuck between my teeth. I’ve even used my hair flossing when I don’t have any floss around.
 

Zara

Legend
I know it doesn’t clean exactly the same way as normal floss. But it will clean in a way that is great for the gums, and it will maybe remove plaque in other places than the floss will do.
At the dentist I love doing a type of water/charcoal cleanse. Teeth feels so clean after!
I think I’ll go for the Sonicare. Seems to be the best one out there. I do use Oral-b as my toothbrush brush recommended by my dentist.

I always keep a small oral-b floss with me. Convenient and easy to carry. Didn’t have to pull a hair so far!
 

TheGhostOfAgassi

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I think I’ll go for the Sonicare. Seems to be the best one out there. I do use Oral-b as my toothbrush brush recommended by my dentist.

I always keep a small oral-b floss with me. Convenient and easy to carry. Didn’t have to pull a hair so far!
Seems like the dentists here are almost sponsored by oral B. The state dentist here have oral b tooth brushes in their offices to show (I take patients sometimes to the dentists and also here kids and youth here use state dentist so w kids I see it too). It’s better than normal toothbrush, but I think and others too I’ve recommended to prefer sonicare!
Can just go one time over the teeth and the teeth just feel sooo smooth! Started w it maybe two years ago but wish I started w it sooner.
 

TheGhostOfAgassi

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I use plackers. They have a design where you just bite down (top or bottom)and it flosses for you. No more fingers in your mouth, especially your dirty paws :p

That’s what I have been using since it came on the market years ago. But the fingers get inside the mouth when doing the back teeth. And also it’s like I have to scrape too much and it’s something w that my intuition tells me it’s not so good for the tooth.

I have a feeling the water thing will clean the whole tooth better without this scraping. But I am depended on that flosser. It’s w me everywhere I go, probably always will be.
 
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That’s what I have been using since it came on the market years ago. But the fingers get inside the mouth when doing the back teeth. And also it’s like I have to scrape too much and it’s something w that my intuition tells me it’s not so good for the tooth.

I have a feeling the water thing will clean the whole tooth better without this scraping. But I am depended on that flosser. It’s w me everywhere I go, probably always will be.

 

ByeByePoly

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My wife has been a hygiensit for 25 years and teaching in the dental program at the college. She brings home everything for us to test, so I have done both air and water. They both work well, but I like just regular flossing personally.
Do you sleep at night ... they know how to inflict great pain. The one we go to measures every tooth gumline with one of those metal probes/pics ... and then rats you out to the dentist "he has a couple of 4s here and here ... he "claims" he flosses every day". o_O
 

ByeByePoly

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@TheGhostOfAgassi ... my dentist recently told me the #1 thing you can do for your teeth/gums is water flossing ... didn't mention brand. I just use regular toothbrush and manual floss ... but my wife saw a big improvement on gumline depth (whatever they call that) with her's ... I think Waterpik.
 

ChaelAZ

Legend
Do you sleep at night ... they know how to inflict great pain. The one we go to measures every tooth gumline with one of those metal probes/pics ... and then rats you out to the dentist "he has a couple of 4s here and here ... he "claims" he flosses every day". o_O
2 2 3, 3 2 3, 4 ... are you flossing?


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TheGhostOfAgassi

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@TheGhostOfAgassi ... my dentist recently told me the #1 thing you can do for your teeth/gums is water flossing ... didn't mention brand. I just use regular toothbrush and manual floss ... but my wife saw a big improvement on gumline depth (whatever they call that) with her's ... I think Waterpik.
Thank you!!!
I have also heard it’s great on the gum line.
Im going to get it!
After a round w the sonicare. It will take like 2 minutes all together. Every evening I’d do both and in the morning probably enough w the sonicare. If the waterfloss make as big difference as starting w sonicare I will be more than satisfied.

I really hate the feeling of having this layer on my teeth. I’ve noticed flushing my mouth w water after eating makes a big difference. Think about having water w pressure between the teeth as well. Ahhh Nice!
 

movdqa

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Sonicare + Floss. The great thing about floss is that it's compact so it's easy to carry around with you - no power or water required to use it though it's nice to have some to rinse out.
 

Harry_Wild

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I do not do any of theses! I just get my teeth clean every two months! The hygenist takes all the stains, tartar off my teeth and my gums are perfect now! In the past, the dentist threaten that I will get gum disease, recess gums, etc... when I did it every 6 months.
 

Jd1boo

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Dentist here. The ultrasonic toothbrushes are the only statistically (very slightly) superior toothbrush to normal toothbrushes. There isn’t any scientific benefit to water picks or water flossing over plain old dental floss. There also isn’t any downside to using it if you like it. The classic studies on gum disease suggest you are okay flossing thoroughly once every two weeks or so although you are probably better off flossing 2-4 times per week, if not more frequently. I just use an extra soft normal toothbrush and floss daily with normal dental floss. The main thing I would say is to get a professional cleaning once every six months or every 3-4 months if you have a history of gum disease.
 
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movdqa

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Dentist here. The ultrasonic toothbrushes are the only statistically (very slightly) superior toothbrush to normal toothbrushes. There isn’t any scientific benefit to water picks or water flossing over classic dental floss. The classic studies on gum disease suggest you are okay flossing thoroughly once every two weeks or so although you are probably better off flossing 2-4 times per week, if not more frequently. I just use an extra soft normal toothbrush and floss daily with normal dental floss. The main thing I would say is to get a professional cleaning once every six months or every 3-4 months if you have a history of gum disease.
I have the Sonicare on my desk so it’s a frequent reminder with the LED charging indicator. I like the quadpacer feature too.
 

ByeByePoly

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Dentist here. The ultrasonic toothbrushes are the only statistically (very slightly) superior toothbrush to normal toothbrushes. There isn’t any scientific benefit to water picks or water flossing over plain old dental floss. There also isn’t any downside to using it if you like it. The classic studies on gum disease suggest you are okay flossing thoroughly once every two weeks or so although you are probably better off flossing 2-4 times per week, if not more frequently. I just use an extra soft normal toothbrush and floss daily with normal dental floss. The main thing I would say is to get a professional cleaning once every six months or every 3-4 months if you have a history of gum disease.
My wifes's gum depth (what is the terminology here) definitely reduced/improved when she changed to waterpik from manual flossing. Should I tell her that she was doing a crap manual job? Better yet ... you tell her. 8-B
 

TheGhostOfAgassi

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My wifes's gum depth (what is the terminology here) definitely reduced/improved when she changed to waterpik from manual flossing. Should I tell her that she was doing a crap manual job? Better yet ... you tell her. 8-B
Just using the Sonicare saved my teeth as manual brushing I would do it too hard every dentist said for years. I’ve tried all kinds of brushes. Now I just swipe over the teeth w the sonicare which is more gentle and also much more clean!! Think I’ve also before managed to harm the gums(make them go down w the brush).
 

movdqa

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It’s a life changer isn’t it?
We've used them since the 1990s. You don't have to put pressure using a regular brush, the bristles just go back and forth and remove stuff. The only downside is the cost of the brush heads. The newer ones (slim) are a lot better. The old ones used to be a real pain to clean.
 

scotus

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I have only tried water flossing. It is not as good as regular flossing but it is much better than not flossing at all.

For the same reason, my dentist recommends water flossing to those who do not enjoy the regular flossing.
 

TheGhostOfAgassi

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We've used them since the 1990s. You don't have to put pressure using a regular brush, the bristles just go back and forth and remove stuff. The only downside is the cost of the brush heads. The newer ones (slim) are a lot better. The old ones used to be a real pain to clean.
I probably have the new type as the brush heads never really seem to go bad. I just change them when I feel better I’ve used it for long.
 

TheGhostOfAgassi

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Dentist here. The ultrasonic toothbrushes are the only statistically (very slightly) superior toothbrush to normal toothbrushes. There isn’t any scientific benefit to water picks or water flossing over plain old dental floss. There also isn’t any downside to using it if you like it. The classic studies on gum disease suggest you are okay flossing thoroughly once every two weeks or so although you are probably better off flossing 2-4 times per week, if not more frequently. I just use an extra soft normal toothbrush and floss daily with normal dental floss. The main thing I would say is to get a professional cleaning once every six months or every 3-4 months if you have a history of gum disease.
i think for me the water picks will make the flossing better for me as I don’t like to have my fingers in my mouth all the time. It’s like a negative experience I do all the time.
Now I wonder which brand? I’m glad you’re saying the ultrasonic is good, as dentists often not saying the same thing I don’t ask that much for advice, rather ask from experience. A close family member of mine is a dentist and she doesn’t recommend electric toothbrush at all. But I can feel the difference so well. I can also see it! I did though switch to Zendium type of toothpaste as it’s taking better care of the layer on the tooth than normal toothpaste does. That I heard from a young dentist who did that herself when she started dentist study.
 

hollywood9826

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The sonicare vibration is quicker and also more gentle. I prefer it before oral b. But oral be better than normal toothbrush. I am sure you wouldn’t be disappointed w the Sonicare.
Which water flossing brand are you using? It’s called Waterpik? I don’t care so much about brands, I just want a functional and best one.
My teeth are also quite tight! I’m a bit obsessed by this, I hate to have things stuck between my teeth. I’ve even used my hair flossing when I don’t have any floss around.
Waterpik is the brand, I'm not sure of the model name or number but looking at their website and what I paid for mine its probably similar to what they call now the Aquarias. Probably overkill because I dont really use massage mode, Im not even sure what that actually does. For me it works because I struggle with holding regular floss and getting in between my teeth.
Floss mode is really quick pulses where you set the power. Took me about 4 or 5 times to get used to it, but overall I like it.

 

TheGhostOfAgassi

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Never flossed, don't think I ever will. Still, my dental hygiene is impeccable.
So you came in here to brag about your teeth?
My teeth are impeccable too! It’s just that I don’t like to have foods rotten between my teeth. The feeling of that. And also when not properly cleaned one can really feel it, it’s not as smooth. But I guess you never know since you haven’t tried it.
 
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