Table of Content:
- What is a Waterpik?
- Can Waterpik substitute brushing or flossing?
- Should I use a Waterpik to clean my teeth?
Waterpik is a device that uses high-pressure water to clean debris in-between your teeth and underneath the gums. The water is ejected forcefully replaceable tips and flushes out food particles and debris for an even cleaner smile. Waterpiks have a water reservoir that connects to a water ejection tip. The water reservoir can hold water or mouthwash, depending on your preference, which is used to flush out food particles. Most Waterpiks come with a set of different tips, allowing you to choose the one that works best for your needs.
Using a Waterpik can be a great supplement to your oral hygiene routine. However, you should not substitute regular brushing and flossing with using a Waterpik. Water pressure alone is no substitute for manually cleaning your teeth. Nevertheless, using a Waterpik can be a very effective supplement when combined with proper brushing and flossing. Using a Waterpik flushes out loose food particles and plaque to prevent them from reattaching to teeth surfaces. We recommend that you brush and floss your teeth first, then use your Waterpik to complete your oral hygiene routine.
While using Waterpik can be a great supplement to your hygiene routine, not everyone needs to use one. People with very healthy mouths do not benefit from using a Waterpik as much. Brushing and flossing alone should be all your need to keep your teeth and gums healthy. However, there are some cases which are great candidates for using a Waterpik, for example:
Advanced gum disease
If you’re suffering from moderate-to-advanced periodontitis, then you’ve already lost some of your jawbone. This bone loss creates larger gaps in between your teeth which makes it more difficult to clean your teeth using a toothbrush and floss. Using a Waterpik helps flush out trapped food particles which can be very beneficial to keeping your teeth and gums healthy.
Lots of existing dental work
If you have lots of existing dental work in your mouth, then chances are you’ll love using a Waterpik! It’s very common for people with numerous crowns, bridges, and/or dental implants to struggle with cleaning their teeth. These people are great candidates for using a Waterpik in addition to brushing and flossing. Using a Waterpik helps you clear your crown, bridges, and implants are harder to protect your investment.
Patients with disabilities
If you’re suffering from disabilities that restrict your manual dexterity, then you may be a good candidate for using a Waterpik. For instance, if you find it too difficult to use a dental floss due to arthritis or carpel tunnel, then using a Waterpik is a great substitute to flossing your teeth.
As you can see, there are plenty of cases where using a Waterpik can be beneficial to your oral health. Only you and your dentist can determine if you’re a good candidate for using a Wateripk. Should you have more questions about using a Waterpik, please schedule your appointment with us today. Our dentist, Dr. Jazayeri, will examine your teeth and gums to see if you’re a good candidate for using a Waterpik. We will instruct you on how to correctly use your Waterpik and make recommendations as needed. If you’d like to learn more about how to clean your teeth and gums, click on one of the following links: