Ever wondered what a water flosser or oral irrigator is and if it would be of any benefit to helping you improve your oral health?
A water flosser or oral irrigator is a tool that sprays and pulsates water to remove food and plaque bacteria from between your teeth.
Like regular flossing, oral irrigation removes food stuck between your teeth and plaque bacteria lingering around your gums which will also help reduce gum disease and bleeding. Don’t throw away your dental floss though because hygienists and dentists still recommend regular flossing as the best way to clean between your teeth. When used properly, floss lets you hug the tooth and scrape up and down the sides of your teeth to remove plaque and food particles. An oral irrigator can be a great addition for those who want or need to be a little more diligent with their oral hygiene care.
For patients with orthodontics, heavy restorative work such as crowns and bridges, or patients who have issues flossing on a regular basis, a oral irrigator or “Waterpik” can help keep your teeth cleaner than just brushing alone. If you want to be extra diligent about oral hygiene, consider using both an oral irrigator and floss.