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When it comes to oral hygiene, most people first think about brushing. And most people do brush their teeth regularly. That has become second nature to most of us, something that we just do, that our parents reminded us to do ever since we were born.
But, when are you supposed to use that Waterpik, before or after brushing? This is a dilemma, not exactly “the chicken or the egg”, but it has separated opinions ever since flossing became as important as brushing.
In this article we will try to explain our point of view, keeping it simple, and providing you our opinions about this interesting question. But also, we will give our answers to other common questions regarding daily oral hygiene routine. We will start the article old-school, with brushing.
How Many Times Are You Supposed To Brush Your Teeth?
Let’s get this one out of our way first (you probably know the answer) – brush after every meal, or at least twice a day- once after breakfast (or after you wake up, if you don’t eat in the morning), and once before going to bed. Two times per day is enough to keep your teeth and gums healthy. 2x per day, 2-3 minutes for a healthy mouth, not a bad trade.
Brushing is important for one main reason – it mechanically removes the plaque that builds up on your teeth surface. Plaque is a thin film that consists mostly of bacteria. It is the number one reason for tooth decay. If left unremoved, it starts penetrating the tooth enamel, eventually causing cavity. It penetrates the periodontal pockets, causing gum inflammation. Plaque buildup also enhances tartar build up. So removing plaque mechanically with a brush is the most important thing you can do for your dental health.
How Often Should You Floss?
There are different opinions. Some say every time you brush, some say twice a day, some say once a day. We like to keep it simple – floss once every day. If you have the patience, you can do it more often. But flossing is not fun, so just try to do it once until you form a habit, and you can increase that number later, if you find necessary. It will be sufficient to keep your teeth healthy, and you won’t feel overwhelmed by having to complete this boring activity multiple times each day.
When should you do it? In our opinion, if you floss once per day, try doing it in the evening. It is better to clear those food remains that get stuck in between your teeth, than to leave them throughout the whole night. Your breath will smell better in the morning too, keeping your partner happy.
Waterpik? Since Waterpik is a water flosser, you should use it with the same frequency as any other string floss – at least once per day, preferably in the evening. You don’t want food remains hanging between your teeth the whole night, piling up nasty bacteria. But why should you consider using a Waterpik over a traditional floss?
The Benefits Of Using A Waterpik
As we have said many times – flossing is far from being enjoyable. Floss breaks, it sheds, it gets stuck between your teeth (this can be a huge problem, sometimes it requires a trip to the dental office). And it is not for everyone, just ask your friends that wear braces. Also, flossing with a regular floss requires both hands, plus a level of dexterity and patience. Waterpik solves all of these problems.
Also, in order to use Waterpik you only need one hand. And plus, it does not require any skill, even the people with medical conditions (e.g. arthritis) can use it safely. And you will spend less time cleaning your teeth with a Waterpik – 3 seconds per tooth and they will sparkle.
But it is not only about increased comfort – it is about efficacy too. Waterpik is better than a regular floss, in almost every aspect. It is up to 50% more effective fighting gingivitis, and your gums won’t bleed while you use it. Waterpik is going deeper into the pockets than a regular floss- the irrigation will penetrate up to 6 mm. Also, Waterpik is up to 30% more effective fighting plaque, the main cause of tooth decay. After only a 3 second application, this great device is able to remove 99.9% of all plaque in the treated area.
Benefits of a Waterpik, in short:
- Water jet – no shedding, tangling, tearing or breaking
- Braces/Implants/Crowns/Bridges friendly
- Does not require dexterity
- Takes less time to floss
- More efficient against plaque
- Cleans gums deeper and better, preventing gingivitis and bleeding
So a more comfortable and a better working solution, Waterpik beats regular floss on both fronts.
Should You Floss Before You Brush? And What About Mouthwash?
The short answer is yes – first floss, then brush. The number one reason why is to allow your toothpaste to get in between your teeth, and into the pockets better. Flossing removes chunks of food and other debris found in between the teeth, and will even allow the toothbrush to its job better.
In this articles we have covered more than the initial question, and we did it on purpose. We tried to provide all the crucial information and explain you why you should brush and floss in the first place. We explained the importance of regular brushing, the use of toothpaste. Also the reasons why you must floss. Also, we have presented you the benefits of Waterpik water flosser – a better solution than a regular floss.
In the end we gave our opinion about the order of things. We think that flossing should be the first step in your dental hygiene routine. Also, we think that you should do it at least once per day, and you should brush your teeth at least twice per day. And if you floss once, do it before bed – your mouth is closed throughout the night, making it an ideal place for bacteria to flourish.
But look, as long as you are brushing and flossing your teeth regularly, you are good, timing and tactics are less important than doing the actual work. But never choose between brushing and flossing! They are equally important, and you simply must find time to do both activities, every day. Your pearly whites will thank you.