This post discusses the water flosser, also known as an interdental cleaner, interdental irrigator, or water jet. They are an excellent tool for the dental hygiene of our Seattle patients.
The first water-shooting device for cleaning between teeth was created in the early 1960’s. The gadget is now known by the brand name Waterpik, though many people use the term generically. Since its introduction, numerous other companies have entered the market with similar products. (although Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry does not necessarily endorse a specific brand.)
A water irrigation device oscillates a stream of water through a small, targeted tube to wash particles of food and plaque from around and between teeth. To use it, you insert the tube into your mouth, turn it on, and then lean over the sink with your mouth slightly open. That lets the water pour out as you direct the stream of shooting water at each gap between adjacent teeth.
There have been over 65 studies that have verified the safety and proficiency of water flossing for calculus reduction, plaque biofilm removal, bleeding reduction, inflammation reduction, and gingivitis care.
Should I Use a Water Flosser?
If you don’t floss at all, absolutely. If you have periodontal disease, perhaps. It may also help you keep your teeth and gums healthy if you have braces.
First, talk to us at Advanced Cosmetic Dentistry about an oral care treatment plan that factors in your tooth and gum health, physical dexterity, and lifestyle. Water flossing is good for:
- Braces or other orthodontic appliances
- A physical restriction that decreases ability to brush and/or floss
- Periodontal disease
- Gums that bleed when flossing
- Bleeding around dental implants when flossing
- Aversion to flossing
- Sensitive teeth
The team at Advanced Cosmetic Dentistry would love to help you learn the best suited techniques for your dental hygiene. We also provide general dentistry and other services. Call today for an appointment.
Jacquelyn L. Fried, RDH, MS, “Interdental Cleansing,” The American Dental Hygienist Association, https://www.adha.org/resources-docs/7123_Waterpik_Irrigation.pdf, accessed March 10, 2017
Carol A. Jahn, RDH, MS, “The Water Flosser: Your Tool For Optimal Oral Health,” https://www.waterpik.com/oral-health/pro/education/pdf/Waterpik_WaterFlosser_ContinuingEducation.pdf, accessed March 10, 2017
“Water Flossing,” MouthHealthy (ADA), http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/w/water-flossers, accessed March 10, 2017
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