Electric vs Traditional Flossing - Southern Dental Care

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How to Get That Perfect Smile

For most of us, dental hygiene is a fairly important part of our daily lives. However, a study by the American Academy of Periodontology indicates more than a quarter of American adults lie to their dentist about their flossing habits. Most people desire to have the perfect pearly white healthy smile but don’t want to put in the work to get there. Daily flossing is an important step in your journey to the perfect smile. Today, with so many products on the market, it can be difficult to know which ones are right for you. Is traditional flossing better than water flossing? Which one better fits a fast-paced lifestyle? Does one type clean better than the other? Our Marrero dentist office wants to help you figure out your best option for electric vs traditional flossing.

Water Flossing

Water flossing uses an electric machine to shoot a pressurized stream of water into your mouth. This water pressure cleans food, bacteria, and plaque from between your teeth and massages your gums. Since there is no physical floss scraping against your gums, water flossing is thought of as easier on them. Water flossing can also be easier for people with braces or dental work like crowns and bridges.


The most well-known water flosser is the Waterpik® Water Flosser, which was the first powered interdental cleaner to receive the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval. Though the Waterpik® totes a fairly steep price tag, it will last much longer than the more common cheap dental floss found in stores. Our Marrero dentist office wants you to know there are also cheaper alternatives to the Waterpik® that work similarly. However, water flossing may not remove all plaque from the teeth and can often be inconvenient to use. Since water flossing is electric, you will need access to an outlet and plenty of water to fill the machine, which can be difficult while traveling or when you’re anywhere other than home.

Traditional Flossing

According to most sources, flossing was actually invented by a New Orleans dentist in 1815. Since then, floss has become a gold standard for dental hygiene. Traditional dental floss is easy to control and is efficient, portable, and economical. Floss is able to remove bacteria, plaque, and food particles from between the teeth where brushing cannot. However, since you are passing a string between your teeth and far back into your mouth, it can be difficult to reach certain areas. Traditional flossing can also cause minor bleeding and gum sensitivity, especially if not done on a regular basis.

Other Ways to Get That Perfect Smile

Our Marrero dentist office offers many supplemental ways to achieve the perfect smile. Our Six Month Smiles program offers the possibility of a straight smile in just six months. We also offer teeth whitening and veneers to help you achieve a bright straight smile. We also offer a solution to missing teeth through the use of dentures and partials. Check out the rest of our cosmetic dentistry offerings on our services page.

The highly trained team at our Marrero dentist office is here to help you achieve the perfect smile. Our office is based on the Westbank in Marrero, but we happily serve patients in Harvey, Woodmere, and the entire greater New Orleans area. For more information or to schedule an appointment for your Marrero dental implants, contact us today!