We all know the importance of a regular home care regimen of brushing and flossing. But did you know there is yet another great way to supplement your cleaning? Even with tenacious brushing and flossing, there’s always a possibility that we’re leaving some food particles behind. Waterpiks are a great way to fight against those pesky food particles, and really achieve that fresh-mouth feeling! These oral irrigators are especially helpful to those who suffer from periodontal disease and anyone undergoing orthodontic treatment with full-bracketed braces. These tiny bursts of water dislodge food scraps, bacteria, and other debris burrowed in every nook and cranny. Sometimes toothbrush bristles may get caught in bracket wires, so children undergoing orthodontic treatment may also find using a Waterpik is beneficial.
Waterpiks are not only excellent for dislodging debris, but an added benefit is that they gently massage the gums, which promotes blood flow. This keeps your gums healthy! However, while Waterpiks are an excellent supplement against your routine to combat gingivitis and periodontal disease, it’s important to remember that they simply will not fully remove plaque. This is why we never want to forego traditional cleaning methods, and oral irrigators shouldn’t be considered a complete substitute for brushing and flossing.
Do you have sensitive teeth and gums? Waterpiks are a great option to reduce discomfort, while effectively cleaning between teeth. Diabetics in particular may have trouble with bleeding gums, so sometimes oral irrigation is a good back up for flossing. If you’ve had work done, such as bridges, crowns, or other dental restoration, you may find that Waterpiks help keep the area around the restorations clear.
How do I choose the right Waterpik?
Oral irrigators are available for home or portable use. The home models are typically larger and use standard electrical outlets, while the portable models use batteries. Although the sizes differ, both work in the same manner using pulsating water streams. The ability to adjust the pressure is a great option to have, and this option differs between various models. Most home versions do allow for several pressure settings, which is preferable since everyone’s teeth and gums have varying levels of sensitivity. The majority of portable models have only one pressure setting. Some oral irrigators have the option of using mouthwash or a dental rinse, but be sure to check the label because some suggest using water only.
Please contact our office if you have any questions about oral irrigators, or ask our orthodontist during your next visit. Keeping those lines of communication open between you and your orthodontist will get you to your perfect smile!
Dr. Brian Thurman has spent his entire life enjoying all the beauty that California has to offer. A Fresno native, he still escapes to the ocean or the mountains whenever his busy schedule allows. Driven by his love for natural beauty, Dr. Thurman enjoys creating beautiful smiles and healthy bites that last a lifetime. He is proud to be the only Ivy League trained Orthodontist in the Fresno/Clovis area.