The latest systematic review in this issue found:
there is only weak, very low quality and unreliable evidence avalaible
for floss the magnitude of the effect was small, for woodsticks and oral irrigators was weak and for interdental brushes was large
Main conclusions are:
There is weak evidence that flossing plus toothbrushing compared to
Comfort factor only.
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Ted:Why is it recommended to use warm water in the flosser?
From a medical/dental standpoint, flossing and brushing with or without toothpaste is the best way of eliminating plaque, which can cause cavities and gum disease.
For the philosophical aspect of your question:
If you had to chose between the two (and you should be doing both!), I would floss, since floss reaches more easily between the teeth than the ...
Is dental floss really effective?
The evidence shows that we don't know. Here the main issue is the lack of good evidence.
How we find how effective is? Simple: we took a group of people with similar age, similar dental status, and divide randomly to one group who will use floss and other who don't. Then, we wait for one, two or five years and compare ...
Looking at the studies, using a water flosser in combination with a manual toothbrush is more effective than using string floss (Goyal, et al. 2013).
It seems however, that there have been no studies on comparisons between water flossers and air flossers since Sarma, et al. (2012) which you posted in your question, which states
The use of the Waterpik Water ...
There are several possible mechanisms, probably all acting together. The brownish deposits on teeth and tongue are mostly caused by the fact that bacterial proteins are denatured when the bacterial cell membranes are destroyed by high concentrations of chlorhexidine and disulphide functions are reduced to thiol functions, which form dark-coloured complexes ...
The correct use of dental floss is to use a new portion of the floss for every site. The easiest way to achieve it is through the loop or circle technique, using a new part of the loop every time.
Here is a video
Also, always use the floss before the toothbrush. If you use after, you will remove toothpaste (fluoride) deposited in the surface of the teeth.
The quick answer is no, if you want to avoid crowding of the bottom teeth in the futur.
The reason is that the mandible (jaw) is constantly being remodelled, as shown on the picture bellow.
Notice how near the front teeth, who are in a kind of half-circle, the reformation is inward. The diameter of the arch (half-circle) is reduced throughout life, and ...