American Dental Association Supports Water Flossing

By Deborah Lyle, RDH, BS, MS
September 15, 2015

Dental professionals are finally letting go of string floss. Why? It’s simple… there is no evidence to support recommending string floss, with the possible exception to those who have perfectly healthy gums and can master string flossing at a very high level (and that's a very small group). Dentists are also ditching the string because people do not like to floss.

As dental patients, we often lie to the dental hygienist about our flossing habits. We even go as far as saying we will do better next time in order to prevent the reprimand or lecture. But oftentimes we simply say "forget it, give me another option."

We understand the importance of cleaning between our teeth. But we would prefer to do it without dental floss. Now there are better options than string floss.

The Waterpik® Water Flosser is one alternative to string floss. And it could be argued to be the best, based on available research. Here’s why:

  • Water Flossers can be used by most people.
  • Water Flossing can help treat most dental conditions.
  • Water Flossing is proven superior to string floss.
  • Water Flossing works in tight spaces between the teeth, unlike interdental brushes.

Even the American Dental Association (ADA) has updated its website to reflect Water Flossing as an option in place of string floss. Visit www.mouthhealthy.org/en/adults-under-40/healthy-habits to learn more.

Update March 6, 2017: The ADA has Awarded its prestigious Seal of Acceptance to the Waterpik® Water Flosser Read more here