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Why Floss?

Have you ever met someone with those perfect sparkling white teeth and wondered how did they achieve such flawless set of pearly whites? Here’s a clue, they never forget to floss their teeth! Why wait for New Year’s, make a resolution today to floss your teeth without fail, improve your overall oral health and get glistening pearly white teeth!

Flossing is a vital part of your dental care regime and if you’re one of those people who find it tough to remember flossing, then it’s high time you make it a habit. Flossing is essential as in the long run it helps fight a lot of oral problems. Here are some indisputable benefits of flossing:

benefits of flossing with oral care’s smart water flosser
Whitens teeth and keeps bad breath away
Provides 100% germ protection
Reaches hard to reach areas
Flushes out 99.9% plaque
Promotes gum health & reduces gingivitis
Easy to use around braces
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Traditional floss Vs Oral Care’s Smart Water Flosser

Food can be such a pain in the tooth! Traditional floss cannot always reach every nook and corners in between your teeth and that is where the food and plaque tends to build-up. This build-up is very dangerous for your oral health as it can lead to gum diseases and cavities.

Here’s where OralCare Water Flosser can help you with its 360° rotary nozzle to reach the further back of your molars with ease! OralCare provides you with three operation modes for varying oral care needs. The three different modes can be used for unique experiences. The pulse mode can be used for an energizing massage and the soft mode is apt for first time users! The Oralcare Water Flosser is compactly designed for effortless portability. Get on the OralCare league and fight off Oral health problems like a pro!

Manual Floss

  • Time consuming
  • May damage gum tissue
  • Messy
String Floss

  • Time consuming
  • Can clean only between teeth
  • Easier than manual floss
  • Awkward
Water Floss

  • Quick and easy to use
  • Cleans from hard to reach areas
  • More effective than string floss
  • Convenient
Clinical Research and Case Studies
String Floss

The objective of this study was to examine the incidence of CHD in relation to number of teeth present and periodontal disease, and to explore potential mediators of this association, in a prospective cohort study. This study is a part of the ongoing Health Professionals Follow-Up Study (HPFS). Participants included a US national sample of 44,119 male health professionals (58% of whom were dentists), from 40 to 75 years of age, who reported no diagnosed CHD, cancer, or diabetes at baseline.

The associations were only slightly attenuated after we controlled for dietary factors. No overall associations were found between periodontal disease and coronary heart disease. Tooth loss may be associated with increased risk of CHD.

Tooth loss may be associated with increased risk of CHD, primarily among those with a positive periodontal disease history; diet was only a small mediator of this association.

Ref : NCBI

To compare the plaque removal efficacy of a water flosser to string floss combined with a manual toothbrush after a single use.

Seventy adult subjects participated in this randomized, single-use, single-blind, parallel clinical study. Subjects were assigned to one of two groups; Water Flosser plus a manual toothbrush (WF) or waxed string floss plus a manual toothbrush (SF). Each participant brushed for two minutes using the Bass technique. The WF group added 500 ml of warm water to the reservoir and followed the manufacturer’s instructions, and the SF group used waxed string floss between each tooth, cleaning the mesial and distal surfaces as instructed. Subjects were observed to ensure they covered all areas and followed instructions. Scores were recorded for whole mouth, marginal, approximal, facial, and lingual regions for each subject using the Rustogi Modification of the Navy Plaque Index.

The WF group had a 74.4% reduction in whole mouth plaque and 81.6% for approximal plaque compared to 57.7% and 63.4% for the SF group, respectively (p < 0.001). The differences between the groups showed the water flosser was 29% more effective than string floss for overall plaque removal and approximal surfaces specifically (p < 0.001). The WF group was more effective in removing plaque from the marginal, lingual, and facial regions; 33%, 39%, and 24%, respectively (p < 0.001).

The Water Flosser and manual toothbrush is significantly more effective than a manual brush and string floss in removing plaque from tooth surfaces.

Ref : NCBI

The purpose of the study was to investigate the relationship between periodontal health and fatal cardiovascular diseases (CVD).

The investigation was conducted on a sample of 1393 individuals in the County of Stockholm. The subjects were examined in an epidemiological study in 1970 with respect to dental health. At a follow-up in 1997, the mortality rate of the sample during the years 1970-1996 was registered as well as cause of death according to the death certificate. Stepwise logistic regression analysis was performed in order to evaluate the influence of the investigated variables on the incidence of death from CVD.

The interactional effect between plaque and oral health score (a sum of scores for number of missing teeth, apical lesions, caries lesions and marginal bone loss), adjusted for age, gender, smoking and CVD at baseline, was significantly correlated to fatal coronary events.

Dental health was found to be a risk indicator of death due to CVD, especially in combination with another risk factor, smoking habits.

Ref : NCBI

Comparison of the efficacy of different oral cleaning devices to improve dental hygiene in patients with multibracket appliances.

In a single-blind four-way crossover clinical trial, the following toothbrushes and cleaning aids were tested over 6 months to determine their efficacy in removing plaque and preventing gingivitis: the (A) manual interX short brush-head toothbrush (elmex), the (B) Sonic Speed SR-100E sonic toothbrush (Water Pik), the (C) Sonic Speed toothbrush in conjunction with the electric interdental cleaning device Flosser FL-110 (Water Pik), and (D) the Sonic Speed sonic toothbrush in conjunction with multi-floss 3-phase dental floss (elmex). Forty patients were randomly split up into four groups. Each group brushed their teeth for 4 weeks using cleaning aids/combinations A, B, C or D in different orders. The trial organization was controlled by a computer system that also assisted in recording the modified Quigley Hein Index (mQHI) and Papillary Bleeding Index (PBI) every two weeks using voice control.

Initial improvement was observed with all cleaning aids/combinations, but after 4 weeks of application, conditions deteriorated again–except one. After 4 weeks of application, only cleaning involving the combined use of the sonic toothbrush and the Flosser FL-110 (C) was found to be significantly more effective than cleaning with the manual toothbrush (A), and that was mainly attributed to the flosser. In patients with good oral hygiene (mQHI(initial) < or = 1.4), no improvement was observed with any of the cleaning aids (A-D).

Plaque and gingivitis can be reduced–especially in patients with poor oral hygiene (mQHI(initial) > or = 1.5)-by using an interdental cleaning aid. In the long run, the Flosser FL-110 is more effective than multi-floss 3-phase dental floss.

Ref : NCBI

To determine the effectiveness of a water flosser in reducing the bleeding on probing (BOP) index around dental implants as compared to flossing.

Patients with implants were randomly assigned to one of two groups in this examiner-masked, single-center study. The study compared the efficacy of a manual toothbrush paired with either traditional string floss or a water flosser.

The primary outcome was the reduction in the incidence of BOP after 30 days. There were no differences in the percent of bleeding sites between the groups at baseline. At 30 days, 18 of the 22 (81.8%) implants in the water flosser group showed a reduction in BOP compared to 6 of the 18 (33.3%) in the floss group (P=0.0018).

These results demonstrate that the water flosser group had statistically significantly greater bleeding reduction than the string floss group. The authors concluded that water flossing may be a useful adjuvant for implant hygiene maintenance.

Ref : NCBI

Interdental cleaning is an important part of a patient’s personal oral care regimen. Water flossers, also known as oral irrigators or dental water jets, can play a vital, effective role in interdental hygiene. Evidence has shown a significant reduction in plaque biofilm from tooth surfaces and the reduction of subgingival pathogenic bacteria from pockets as deep as 6 mm with the use of water flossing. In addition, water flossers have been shown to reduce gingivitis, bleeding, probing pocket depth, host inflammatory mediators, and calculus. Educating patients on the use of a water flosser as part of their oral hygiene routine can be a valuable tool in maintaining oral health.

Ref : NCBI

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