General Dentistry |2 min read
The Pros And Cons Of Water Picks
Water picks are also known by other names: oral irrigators, dental water jets, and water flossers. A water pick sends a stream of water at your teeth to remove food debris. You may wonder if a water pick can benefit your dental health and if it does any good at cleaning teeth.
Cons Of Water Picks
- Water picks do not remove plaque. This is because plaque can’t be cleaned away from teeth with the use of water, only with brushing and flossing.
- Water picks do not replace brushing and flossing. Though water picks do help clean out the mouth, they don’t nearly do as good of a job as a toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss.
Pros Of Water Picks
- Water picks are a good addition to your oral health routine. When used with brushing and flossing, they help to get your teeth even cleaner and healthier.
- Water picks are gentle on the gums. This a good plus for those with sensitive gums, especially considering that water picks also help to reduce the risk of gum disease when used in combination with brushing and flossing.
- Water picks are helpful for those who have braces. They can clean places of the orthodontia that a toothbrush and floss has trouble reaching.