“Are you flossing?” — This is the dreaded question that comes up twice a year while you’re lying on your head with your mouth open and at the mercy of your dental hygienist. What do you do? Lie or tell the truth? Or maybe you answer with, “I use my Waterpik everyday.” Waterpiks have become increasingly more popular over the last few years. They are clinically proven to be just as effective as traditional flossing and in some cases may be the better choice over string floss.
A Better Clean
Brushing alone only cleans 65% of the tooth surface. If you are not flossing you’re missing over a third of your teeth surfaces. That means there is still plaque and bacteria between your teeth which increases your risk of decay and gum disease. The Waterpik is fun, fast and easy to use. Most patients who are not flossing say they just cannot get their hands in their mouths to do it. But with the Waterpik you simply hold onto the wide handle and aim the tip between the teeth and around the gums. Let’s explore more reasons why a Waterpik is the go to choice for flossing.
The Waterpik feels good. You can use warm water in the reservoir which is soothing to the gums. The water pulsation massages the gums and strengthens them. Plus, no cutting the circulation off in your fingers or bleeding gums from string floss.
It cleans restorative work more effectively. The Waterpik is proven to clean 2 x better flossing with a bridge floss threader and string floss. Crowns, bridges, implants and veneers require careful cleaning. The Waterpik has a special plaque seeker tip to easily clean around dental work.
Floss faster with a Waterpik. If you have had metal braces you know it takes “forever” to floss between each bracket and wire. With the Waterpik, flossing is fast and effective. The orthodontic tip removes plaque and debris reducing the risk of getting decay while wearing braces.
Better checkups at the dentist. Patients who Waterpik once a day have less plaque, stain and tartar on their teeth. This means less scaling and scraping during your checkup. There will also be less bleeding because your gums will be healthier from the irrigation of the Waterpik.
Options To Choose From
There are several different models to choose from. If you have the counter space you may like the counter top model. It comes with the most tips, features and a broader range of pressure options. The cordless model is more convenient when you are on the go or traveling. Waterpik has released a combo model which gives you an electric toothbrush and the Waterpik on one counter top unit. Most recently they released the flossing toothbrush which combines the bristles of an electric toothbrush and a stream of water while brushing. No matter which model you choose you will not be disappointed.