April 3, 2017 We all know we should be flossing in addition to brushing, but for those of us just getting started, which is better – traditional flossing or using a Waterpik (aka water flossing)? Like anything, both methods have their pros and cons. Traditional flossing is very efficient at removing plaque and excess food from teeth and gums. It’s also cheap, easily accessible and can be done anywhere. However, it can be difficult to reach some areas with string flossing, and it can cause bleeding if not done regularly. This type of flossing can also cause or worsen gum sensitivity. Water flossing has many benefits. A Waterpik is easy to use and can reach areas that traditional flossing can’t. It is especially helpful for those with braces or other dental work like bridges. However, the device may be expensive, and it requires access to electricity and water so it’s not easily portable. So which method is better? Some studies have shown water flossing to be more effective at cleaning teeth, but the most important thing is to clean between your teeth and under your gums every day, no matter the method.