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The standard recommendation by dentists is to floss one time each day to remove food and bacteria from your teeth and gums. Let’s face it, daily flossing can be a bit of a pain. The sad truth is, most people do not floss daily, and many people don’t do it at all.

If you care about your dental health but have a hard time following through with flossing every day, water flossing may be just the thing for you. Most people will find that simply spritzing warm water in your mouth rather than awkwardly forcing a green string between every gap in your teeth is refreshing, and much easier. Because cleaning around the teeth and gums is vastly simpler with a water flosser, people tend to be more regular in flossing every day–and consistency is the key to fighting tooth decay.

Water flossing uses a pulsating stream of water to clean around the teeth and gums. The American Dental Association (ADA) has even given its Seal of Acceptance to water flossers as they have tested them to be safe and effective at removing plaque.

Sticky plaque build-up is what leads directly to cavities and gum disease. Unfortunately, plaque cannot be fully eradicated by brushing alone. It hides in the cracks and gumline. Using an ADA-accepted water flosser daily adds another tool to your arsenal of oral health.

You now have another choice if you find traditional flossing every day difficult. The obvious candidates for water flossers may have braces or dental work that is hard to work around. Instead of manually flossing by hand, find success with a water flosser.

If you have questions about water flossers? Call Dr. Michael Scholes for more information. Please contact Scholes Family Dental to make an appointment at: 208-667-1578, or come by our office in Couer d'Alene, Idaho.