In this post we’re talking about the water flosser, also known as interdental cleaner, interdental irrigator, or water jet. Your dentist in Fresno thinks they are a great idea.
The first water-shooting device for cleaning between teeth was invented in the early 1960’s by Colorado dentist Dr. Gerald Moyer and John Mattingly, a hydraulics engineer. The tool is now known by the brand name Waterpik, though many people use the term generically. Since its introduction, several other companies have entered the market with similar products. (Note: Mirelez Wellness Dental does not necessarily endorse any particular brand.)
A water irrigation tool oscillates a stream of water through a small, targeted tube to shoot out bits of food and plaque from around and between teeth. To use it, you insert the tube into your mouth, turn it on, and then lean over the sink with your mouth slightly open to let the water dribble out as you guide the stream of shooting water around the gumline, pausing momentarily at each gap between adjoining teeth.
There have been over 65 studies that have demonstrated the safety and proficiency of water flossing for calculus reduction, plaque biofilm removal, bleeding reduction, inflammation reduction, and gingivitis treatment.
Should I Use a Water Flosser?
If you don’t floss at all, absolutely. If you have periodontal disease, maybe. It may also help you keep your teeth and gums healthy if you have dental appliances.
First, talk to us to acquire an oral care treatment plan that factors in your tooth and gum health, physical dexterity, and lifestyle. The following factors may influence whether we recommend an interdental irrigation device.
- Braces or other orthodontic appliances
- A physical limitation that diminishes ability to brush and/or floss
- Gums that bleed when flossing
- Bleeding around dental implants when flossing
- Aversion to flossing
- Sensitive teeth
The team at Mirelez Wellness Dental would love to help you learn the best techniques for keeping your gums pink and healthy and firmly attached to cavity-free teeth. Set up an appointment with the dentist in Fresno CA today. We provide family and cosmetic dentistry.
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