Dental Floss vs. Waterpik Water Flosser: Myth vs. Fact

The myth: The Waterpik® Water Flosser is helpful, but it does not replace traditional flossing.

Dental floss. Is there any stronger love/hate relationship? Dental professionals love it – patients hate it. As a dental hygienist and life-long flosser, I’ve lived this relationship. I thought flossing was easy because it was easy for me. But it isn’t easy for most people.

Dental Floss: Challenging to Use

Dental floss only works for those who use it regularly and do it effectively enough to get a health benefit. How many people can:

  • Flex the string beneath the gumline
  • Move the string up and down with enough pressure for plaque removal
  • Avoid cutting into the tissue with too much tension

…all while not cutting off the circulation in their fingers? Not many!

Waterpik® Water Flossers: Supported by Science

Long before the first clinical study compared the Water Flosser to dental floss, many dental professionals told me that their patients preferred water flossing. And they were extremely happy with the results.

The science supports what professionals have been seeing chair-side for years. The Waterpik®Water Flosser is an easy and more effective alternative to string floss.

Clinical studies show that the Water Flosser is up to: