The Best Tool for Oral Hygiene: Electric Toothbrush or Water Flosser?

I’m often asked about the different high tech tools that are out there. “Hey, Doc, what’s up with the water flosser? Can I do that and stop brushing?” or “Can I avoid cleanings if I get an electric toothbrush?” Everybody wants to simplify their lives, you know. The fewer tools, the fewer steps to good dental hygiene, the better. It’s natural and it makes perfect sense, so don’t take this as me putting anyone down.

When I was out cruising the ‘net the other day, I came across this piece on Bellatory, by a fellow oral hygiene fanatic. He did a great job of breaking down the basics of these tools and how they work, as well as which tools they can displace from your bathroom shelf.

You may be surprised at what you learn.

What’s your go-to?

Electric toothbrush? Water flosser? The old fashioned way of brushing and flossing? Let’s talk teeth!

As I was saying, I found this awesome article from Bellatory that was written by a user of dental tools. Not only does he go through the science behind both sonic toothbrushes and water flossers, he shares his own experiences. A single anecdote isn’t science, but when you’re getting ready to drop a bunch of money on tools you’re not quite sure about, it certainly helps to know that others have gone before you and had promising results.

Now, to the real question: Electric toothbrush or water flosser? This isn’t really the right question. In all honesty, the two work very differently and you need them both. Some of the Water Piks have built-in toothbrushes, so in that way you could possibly go with a single device, but for the sake of this argument, the answer is still both.

Electric toothbrushes help you get to hard to reach areas, since they actually can affect the area around a sonic head, as well as the area directly below it. Water flossers can get between teeth and down into the gum line, but they don’t do much for the surfaces. When you think about toothbrushes and flossers, you should be thinking about them as a team, not as individual devices that can shoulder all the load.

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