Are Water Flossers Worth the Cost?

HomeCavity PreventionAre Water Flossers Worth the Cost?

In today’s market, there are more options than ever when it comes to your dental cleaning supplies. Toothpastes in every flavor. Manual and electric toothbrushes. And there are even choices to make when it comes to how you want to get your flossing done: using the traditional dental floss or going for something like a water flosser. In this case, the question is whether or not upgrading to the swankier tool actually makes a big enough difference to warrant the cost. Let’s look at the facts!

water pick vs traditional dental floss for oral hygiene

What Is a Water Flosser?

First things first: A water flosser (or commonly known by the brand name Waterpik®) is a tool that uses a stream of water to clean out those hard-to-reach spaces between your teeth. The power of the water actually blasts away any food or debris stuck in there. It also has the additional benefit of massaging your gums and promoting blood flow there, which keeps them healthy.

The Effectiveness of Water Flossers

A water flosser surely is a handy tool, but they do have their limitations. Despite giving a little extra oomph to your teeth cleaning, they can’t remove tartar so you’ll still have to see a dental professional for that. They also might not be as effective with crooked or crowded teeth. And, of course, you can’t use it as a substitute for good ol’ brushing.

On the plus side, water flossers are great for those with braces or sensitive gums. This is because the wires and brackets of braces leave plenty of nooks and crannies for debris to get stuck and a water flosser is more efficient at cleaning these out than standard floss. And as mentioned before, water flossers have a healthful effect on gums.


So is it worth it to get a water flosser? If it’s the only flossing method you’ll actually remember to use and want to use, then it’s definitely a worthwhile investment. It’s also a good idea if you have a particular issue with gingivitis or gingival bleeding. While plenty of dental professionals say traditional flossing is the only way to go due to its effectiveness with removing bacteria, we recommend boosting your oral hygiene routine with a daily combination of string flossing and water flossing.

If you need help choosing what products to buy and use for your at-home dental care routine, give Edgewater Dental Arts a call or send us an email. A member of our team would be happy to give you some recommendations based on your specific dental needs.

Dr. John Cutting

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John Cutting, DMD is an Annapolis dentist experienced in all aspects of dentistry. He provides complete care from general dentistry to cosmetic and restorative dentistry in his conveniently located and comfortable office, Edgewater Dental Arts.