What is a waterpik?
Waterpik is a type of water floss, which is a device that uses high pressure water to clean debris between your teeth. Typically, Waterpiks come with different sized tips so that you can choose one that is right for your needs. They also have a water reservoir which holds water or mouthwash, depending on your preference, to flush out food particles. The water is ejected forcefully into your gums to remove food particles and debris for an even cleaner smile.
Is waterpik a substitute for brushing or flossing?
While using a Waterpik can be a great addition to your oral hygiene routine, it is not a substitute to brushing and flossing. Water pressure is no substitute for manual cleaning. Nevertheless, using a water floss can be very effective when combined with brushing and flossing. Your water floss will flush out loose food particles removed by brushing and flossing for even cleaner teeth. Plus, this prevents food and plaque from reattaching to tooth surfaces. The best way to use a Waterpik is to brush and floss your teeth first, then use your water floss to complete your oral hygiene routine.
Should I use a Waterpik?
Using Waterpiks can be a great supplement to your hygiene routine when necessary. If you can’t properly clean your teeth with brushing and flossing alone, you should consider using one. Here are some cases which are good candidates for using a water floss device:
- If you suffer from moderate to advanced periodontitis, then you’ve already lost some of your jawbone. This bone loss creates larger gaps between your teeth, causing you to trap more food particles. Using a Waterpik helps flush out trapped food particles to better clean your teeth and gums.
- Should you have lots of existing dental work, such as crowns, bridges and dental implants, then you’re also a good candidate for using a Waterpik. Bridges and implants are harder to clean as compared to your natural teeth so using a water floss can be very helpful in better cleaning these dental prosthesis.
- Patients with disabilities which restrict their manual dexterity are also good candidates for using a Waterpik. If you find it too difficult to use a dental floss your teeth, then using a water floss instead is your next best bet.
Ultimately, only you and your dentist can determine if you’re a good candidate for using a Wateripk. To learn more about Waterpiks, schedule your appointment with us today. Our dentist, Dr. Jazayeri, will examine your teeth and gums and review your hygiene routine. We will help you determine if you’re a good candidate for using a water floss and instruct you on how to correctly use one.