We all know the importance of brushing and flossing our teeth to maintain good oral health. But more and more dentists are recommending a Waterpik® be included in their patients’ routine dental care. But what exactly is a Waterpik, and what are the true benefits? Jacqueline S. Brown, DDS, named one of the top dentists in Honolulu, HI, since 2009, provides information on Waterpiks and why you should consider adding one to your daily dental routine.
What Is a Waterpik?
A Waterpik, also known as a water flosser, is a hand-held device that uses pressurized water to help you clean your teeth. Water in the device’s reservoir is pumped through the water flosser tip in a pulsating motion. This stream of water, which should be aimed at the gum line, forcibly removes particles of food, bacteria, and plaque from the hard-to-reach areas between your teeth and gums.
Why Should a Waterpik Be Part of Your Routine Dental Care?
- It Removes More Plaque Than Brushing or Flossing: Brushing and flossing rely on the friction you apply to sweep away bacteria that cause plaque. But with a Waterpik, the high-pressure, pulsating water works on plaque by actually breaking up the particles and then washing them away.
- It’s Better at Preventing Gum Disease: Because Waterpiks are so effective at removing plaque, your gums will be healthier, too. Plaque near your gums causes the inflammation that is characteristic of gingivitis, leading to bleeding gums. If left untreated, it can progress to bone loss and deep pockets in the gums, which are signs of periodontitis. Removing the plaque can directly prevent these devastating gum diseases.
- It’s Good for People Who Can’t or Don’t Like to Floss: For some people, flossing isn’t just an annoying chore — it’s something they dread. These patients often find the Waterpik to be more pleasant than floss. Still, others may not be able to floss due to arthritis or other dexterity problems. Water flossers are also a good option for people who have dental work that makes it hard to floss, such as braces, tooth crowns, bridges, or implants.
If you have questions about preventing gum disease and want to learn more about the benefits of adding a Waterpik to your dental care regimen, contact the office of Jacqueline S. Brown, DDS, at (808) 949-5644 or visit their website to find more about their comprehensive services.