Do Water Flossers Work as Well as Regular Flossing?


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Dear Dr. Barakat,

I have seen water flossers recommended for children with braces. Do water flossers work as well as regular flossing?

— Concerned Parent


Dear Concerned Parent,

Regular oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing, is essential for maintaining healthy teeth and gums for life! Water flossers can be an excellent choice for children and teenagers with braces or other orthodontic appliances.

As a mom, I know that getting your kids to floss daily can be a struggle – especially when they are wearing braces! One great benefit to the water flosser is that it can be easier and faster than flossing with dental floss or a floss threader. They can be effective in removing plaque and debris even brushing, and manual flossing may miss. This reduces the bacteria between your teeth. Plus, a lot of kids find it even fun to use the water flosser!

There are many different choices on the market with options ranging in price, size, and design. Most water flossers range in price from $30-$60, and you’ll want to find one with an orthodontic tip. It is specially designed to help remove plaque that sticks to the brackets and between teeth. If the traditional method of flossing just isn’t happening with you or your kids, this could be just what you need!


Dr. Rana Barakat, a board-certified specialist in Orthodontics, has been proudly serving Northern Virginia for more than 20-years! She has built her practice on a personal touch and excellent treatment.

As a parent, she understands wanting the best for your children in giving them beautiful, confident smiles. She makes it a priority to ensure optimal results, but also believes that each patient’s experience during treatment is just as important as the clinical result. As the 2015-16 President of the Virginia Association of Orthodontists, Dr. Barakat’s dedication and expertise reflect why her peers continue to nominate her as a Top Dentist.

Barakat Orthodontics is located at 45745 Nokes Blvd., Ste. 175, Sterling, VA 20166. Connect with them by visiting them online, or get social with them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Barakat Orthodontics can also be reached at (703) 433-9330.


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