Frustrated With Flossing? Try Waterpik®!

FLOSSING IS A CRUCIAL element of our daily oral hygiene routine. A toothbrush simply cannot reach the plaque and food particles stuck between our teeth, so we need to floss to get at it. Simple brushing is even less effective on its own for those with braces, which introduce countless new hard-to-reach crevices where bacteria can hide.

As necessary as flossing is, it can still seem like a hassle at times. That’s why we’re so excited that old-fashioned flossing isn’t the only option. One of our favorite alternatives to traditional floss is the Waterpik® Water Flosser, the first powered interdental cleaner to earn the American Dental Association’s seal of approval.

Most of our patients who are being treated for gum disease and have on-going Periodontal Maintenance procedures at our office, show marked reduction in bleeding and inflammation of their gums once they start supplementing their oral hygiene home care with Waterpik.

Waterpik also facilitates removing plaque between orthodontic brackets and wires which is a definite food trap. Flossing in between teeth with braces is very challenging to most, and Waterpik irrigation offers a distinct advantage over flossing when the alternative is to not floss at all due to difficulty in passing a floss thread between a wire.

Waterpik is available in the dental care aisle of your favorite pharmacy and comes in a portable hand held model or a counter top model at an affordable price of less than a hundred dollars depending on the model and it should last you for several years of use. You can use it with plain water, your favorite mouthwash diluted in water, or antimicrobial rinse mix prescribed by the dentist. You may irrigate with Waterpik before or after brushing, whichever is your preference and it should take you about a minute or two to irrigate your entire teeth.

Let Us Know How You Like It!
We’d love to hear how you like your Waterpik Water Flosser once you start using it, so make sure you let us know at your next appointment with us. Until then, don’t forget to brush twice a day and use the Waterpik to “floss” once a day!

Keep cleaning those gorgeous pearly whites!

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