Water Flossers Soar in Popularity as Public Becomes More Health Conscious
Dentists have long complained about the general publicís disregard for flossing. Oral health experts have known for years that flossing is even more important than brushing.
Dentists have long complained about the general publicís disregard for flossing. Oral health experts have known for years that flossing is even more important than brushing. Yet for whatever reason, while most people brush their teeth on a daily basis, few bother to floss.
While long recommended by dentists, traditional dental floss has several disadvantages: it is uncomfortable, it is messy, and it does not do a very good job of massaging gums. Contrary to popular opinion, gum maintenance is just as important as teeth maintenance. Our teeth rely on healthy gums to stabilize them and keep them rooted to the mouth.
Water flossers do a better job of gum cleaning and maintenance than anything else on the market can. They use jets of pressurized water to remove detritus lodged between the teeth and gently stimulate blood flow to the gums. This is a much better approach than using dental floss. Dental floss, especially when applied roughly, can easily cause damage to the gums and even bleeding.
Water flossers also have an advantage over dental floss in that they are much easier to use. Not everyone has the manual dexterity necessary to use dental floss correctly. Small children and the elderly need to floss just as much as anyone else but are not often unable to perform the relatively intricate motions involved in traditional flossing.
Using a water flosser is so easy it is almost effortless. It takes only a couple of minutes to learn how to use a water flosser correctly, and flossing with a water flosser is much faster than flossing with dental floss.
Dentists are concerned about gum health not only because it is intimately related with oral health, but because the health of the gums is powerfully interrelated with the health of the body as a whole. Although research in this area is new, gum health may be more closely related to heart health and insulin regulation than was previously thought.
As public concern over the effects of the obesity epidemic grows, more people are becoming more health conscious. And in line with their growing awareness of the importance of taking care of their bodies, they are starting to pay more attention to the health of their teeth and gums. Water flossers will only continue to grow in popularity as people start giving their gums the care they deserve.
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