Flossing vs. Waterpik

Flossing vs. Waterpik

by Alex Hirsch (SU)

Oral hygiene is not just brushing your teeth more than two times a day. Although this practice is a good start, there are other things that we should take into consideration as well. Regular brushing is not enough to remove the plaque and bacteria surrounding your teeth and mouth. Because of this, experts recommend the use of dental floss or Waterpik.

People often get confused about which one to pick. To be able to do so, it is vital to understand the similarities and differences between these two.


Traditional flossing involves tearing a piece of floss, around 3 to 4 inches in length. This practice aims to remove plaque and food particles stuck under your gumline and the spaces between your teeth. 

On the other hand, Waterpik involves a mechanical tool. These water flossers are also known as oral irrigators or dental water jets. Waterpiks uses a pressurized stream of water to push away bacteria, plaque, and bacteria. This approach is different from the traditional flossing since it does not use the usual way of scraping the teeth. Instead, it relies on the pressure of water through a specialized machine.

Target Audience

Waterpiks are created to make the lives of some customers easier. If you are someone who has dental implants, crowns, or non-removable bridgework, you should use the Waterpik instead of floss. Using this is also recommended for those who are wearing braces. It would be hard for these people to use the traditional floss since their situations make it more difficult for them to insert the floss in between their teeth. 


An advantage of the Waterpik is that it is more effective when it comes to reaching the shallow periodontal pockets, hard-to-reach corners of the mouth, and the tightly spaced teeth. If these are not accessed and cleaned, this might result in early gum diseases.

It is contrary to the abilities of the floss wherein you might have a hard time getting to some areas. At the same time, if you floss too forceful or too far down the gum line, there is a huge tendency that your gums might bleed. 


Purchasing a floss will only cost approximately three to five dollars, depending on its quality. A Waterpik, however, might be costly to buy. First, the tool itself is expensive. Add to this the cost of water and electricity when using it. It will also need a space for storage which might cost you some more money.

To be able to minimize your spending, make sure to research on the different types of Waterpik. Practicing this will enable you to find the best offering, which will suit your budget and will reach your tool standards. 


Since Waterpiks require the presence of both water and electricity, it is more difficult for you to access this outside of your home. What’s good about the traditional floss is it will only consume a small space in your purse and you can easily use it whenever you need it.

Although it is helpful to watch videos and read articles to know how to use these two, it is still essential to seek the assistance of experts. Dr. Ari Binder of the 360 Dental Group can help you with these issues. You can request or schedule an appointment online here or call us at (541) 689-1645.