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The Difference Between Water Flosser & String Floss

There is an ongoing discussion regarding which is better for the teeth – using a water flosser or regular floss. It all depends on your oral conditions; if you have sensitive gums or braces it may be easier for you to use a water flosser, otherwise the string floss is still an option.

You may want to consult your dentist regarding what would be the best option based on your oral condition.


Price: There is a significant difference in pricing between these two options. String floss can be purchased for as little as $2 in any pharmacy or convenient store. Water flossers are more expensive, they can cost between $40-$80.

Convenience: String floss can be carried in your bag and used at any moment. Most are electric, and need to be plugged into an outlet before use.

Quality of cleaning: Water flossers do a great job of removing food particles and rinsing teeth, however, you can’t scrape your teeth with it. The string floss is perfect to scrape your teeth and remove plaque.


Flossing isn’t just designed to remove food from between your teeth. In fact, floss removes the film of bacteria which can form plaque. If you leave this untreated, it will turn into tartar and later, gum disease.

So, how do you use dental floss correctly?

  • Use about 18 inches or floss.
  • Hold it between your thumb and finger on each hand. You can wrap each end around your index fingers to prevent it from slipping and sliding.
  • Insert the floss between your teeth, but don’t jam it in.
  • If your gums start to bleed, stop flossing and let your dentist know.
  • When done, throw the floss out and don’t reuse it

It’s important to make flossing a part of your daily routine to ensure proper oral care.

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