Reasons to Consider Water Flossing
If you have sensitive gums, you may experience discomfort and bleeding while flossing. Incorrect or harsh use of dental floss can cause these symptoms. However, bleeding and gum discomfort are also symptoms of periodontal disease - a gum infection caused by plaque and tartar buildup. According to research published by Dentistry Journal, a water flosser's pulsation motion can reduce gum inflammation and bleeding while cleaning this area gently. If you have not been flossing regularly, you may find that you have some sensitivity when you begin using a water flosser, but this will resolve with regular use. You can also relieve sensitivity issues by adjusting the water temperature so it's not too cold or too hot. If you are still having issues, you will likely deal with a larger issue that you will need to address with your Dentist.
For some people, traditional flossing can be difficult. People with arthritis, Parkinson's disease, carpal tunnel syndrome, or other conditions that affect the hands may find it hard to use string floss around the teeth. Fortunately, water flossers are a mechanical interdental cleaning option that is easy to use.
Lastly, water flossing is an excellent option if you have restorative or orthodontic treatment such as braces, non-removable bridges, dental implants, or crowns.