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Many patients struggle with dental floss; in which case, we recommend trying a water flosser. Water flossers make flossing simple and more enjoyable, and our dentists, Dr. Evan Smith and Dr. Michael Smith, can provide you with easy-to-follow instructions on these appliances.

Why You Should Use a Water Flosser

  • A water flosser is an effective way to thoroughly clean every area of your smile.
  • They are very easy to use.
  • They remove harmful substances such as plaque from between your teeth.
  • The water cleans deeply around any pockets in your smile.
  • Water flossers are optimal for navigating around braces and retainers.
  • They are proven to be safe and gentle.
  • Regular flossing reduces your risk of periodontal disease.

How to Floss With a Water Flosser

  • Fill the reservoir (the base of the appliance) with lukewarm water, and then select your preferred tip and pressure to meet your preferences. 
  • Lean forward and press the tip to your teeth, then close your lips around it, keeping them tight on the tip. 
  • Turn the unit on and start around your back teeth, pause at every gap and crevice.
  • Make sure the tip is aimed at a 90-degree angle just above the gumline. 
  • When finished, turn off the unit and eject the tip by pressing the “Tip Eject” button. 
  • It’s vital that you floss at least once a day in addition to brushing your teeth and rinsing with fluoride mouthwash.

To learn more about water flossers in Boise, Idaho, and determine if you would benefit from water flossing, call Boise Dental Center - Michael Smith, DMD & Evan Smith, DMD at 208-343-4986 and schedule an appointment with our dentists!