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Those who don’t enjoy flossing their teeth may wonder if a water pick is a better alternative. They are quicker, gentler on the gums, and easier to use than floss. However, do water picks clean your teeth just as efficiently as floss does?

For Water Picks

There are several reasons to use a water pick: it is quick and easy to use, gentle for those who have sensitive gums, and helpful in cleaning orthodontia. A water pick simply streams water at the teeth to clean them.

For Floss

Though water picks do clear out food particles from the mouth, they do not clean off plaque. This is why water picks should never be used as a replacement for flossing your teeth. When plaque isn’t cleaned off of your teeth, it can cause tooth decay and gum disease. If you struggle with flossing, try using waxed floss, a floss holder, or an interdental pick.

For Both

Just because a water pick shouldn’t replace flossing doesn’t mean that it can’t be good for your teeth. It has been shown that the combination of brushing, flossing, and use of a water pick gets your teeth cleaner and helps reduce the risk of gum disease.