Brushing Alone Is Not Enough
Gum Disease Starts Where Your Toothbrush Can't Reach
By Deborah M. Lyle, RDH, BS, MS
May 13, 2015
Brushing and Plaque
Toothbrushes are designed to clean the visible tooth surfaces in your mouth. That sounds like it should be enough, but there is more to the story. Gum disease starts between your teeth where a toothbrush can't clean. Not only that, most of us think we brush thoroughly. But most people only do a fair job of brushing.
We develop patterns that often miss the same spots each time we brush our teeth. In fact, a single brushing removes an average of 43% of plaque and lasts only seconds. That leaves 57% of the plaque that can cause tooth decay and gum disease. And it does not include the plaque between your teeth.
Really Cleaning Your Teeth
Fortunately, there is an easy solution to the problem. As a dental hygienist you would expect me to say ‘you need to floss your teeth,' and that is partially true. I am going to tell you to Water Floss your teeth. Why? String floss is difficult to use, and most people don’t use it. Plus Water Flossing can help remove the plaque you miss when you brush your teeth.
Unless you string floss every day with the proper technique, it is not very effective. A Water Flosser not only takes the place of string floss, but it can also clean the tooth surfaces. Your oral hygiene regimen should remove plaque daily to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
Most of us want to do this quickly and efficiently. Plus, we want to hear the hygienist say ‘your gums and teeth look great!’ Brushing with a manual or power toothbrush plus flossing with a Water Flosser can get you that response!
Clinically Proven Results
The Waterpik® Water Flosser is clinically proven to be easier and more effective than traditional string flossing for improving gum health. It not only cleans between your teeth, but unlike string floss and interdental brushes, it can also clean the tooth surfaces you miss when brushing.
Why not make your oral hygiene routine easy, quick, and effective? Use a Water Flosser or the Complete Care combination unit every day, and hear your hygienist say how great your teeth and gums look at your next visit!
See the Complete Care combination Sonic Toothbrush + Water Flosser in action