Breaking Down Flossing: a 3 Part Series #2
By Mina Levi, DDS, 04/30/2015

In the dental office of Mina Levi, DDS, we highly recommend brushing twice per day and flossing at least once per day. We recommend a variety of products, including Listerine’s woven or “Gum Care” floss and the Waterpik water flosser. It can be unclear to many people what exactly each type of flossing is and the pros and cons of all of them, so in this 3-series article,Dentist San Francisco Mina Levi, DDS breaks down three flossing options: traditional dental floss, the Waterpik water flosser, and the Phillip’s airfloss flosser.

Week 2: Waterpik

Water Flosser San Francisco Dentist

What is it?
A Waterpik is a device that shoots pulses of water in between the teeth and below the gum line to remove plaque and bacteria.

How do I use it?
Fill container with warm water and place at the setting desired. Aim the tip of the waterpik between the teeth. Start with the back teeth and work your way forward, making sure the water pulses are reaching the pockets between the tooth and the gum as well as the spaces between the teeth.

Pros:
1.  Gentle on the gums
2.  Ideal for people who wear braces because it can penetrate the gums under the wires
3.  Effective in flushing bacteria out of deep pockets
4.  Can be used by those with limited hand mobility

Cons:
1. More expensive than floss
2. Can be messy
3. It has to be plugged in

Next week we will profile the Phillips Air Floss. If you have questions about flossing or water flossing, visit San Francisco Dentist Mina Levi, DDS on the web at www.minalevidds.com or give us a call at (415) 513-5066.