How To Use a Waterpik Flosser and Other Common Questions

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How To Use a Waterpik Flosser and Other Common Questions

How To Use a Waterpik Flosser and Other Common Questions

Do you floss every day? Flossing is an important part of keeping your gums and teeth healthy as it helps prevent plaque from building under the gum line. According to the American Dental Association, only sixteen percent of Americans floss every day. Some people think it is too painful and others just forget. Did you know there is another way to clean between your teeth besides traditional flossing? It’s called a Waterpik flosser. In this article, we discuss what a Waterpik flosser is and how to use a Waterpik, as well as other common questions.

What is a Waterpik Flosser?

A Waterpik is a specific brand of water flosser. In general, water flossers are a handheld device, similar to an electric toothbrush, that use a stream of pressurized water to clean between your teeth and under the gumline.

Why use a Waterpik flosser instead of traditional floss?

Flossing with a standard dental floss is still considered to be the most effective way to keep plaque from building up. Using a water flosser can be a good option if you find traditional flossing painful or have trouble flossing by hand due to health issues like arthritis. It is also a good alternative for those who have had dental work like braces or bridges that make traditional flossing difficult. 

How Do You Use a Waterpik Flosser?

There are many varieties of water flossers available today and they all vary slightly in their use, but you should follow these general steps:

  1. Fill the reservoir with water and put it on the base.
  2. Select a tip and attach it to the handle.
  3. Select a pressure setting.
  4. Place the tip in your mouth. 
  5. It is best to aim the tip at your gum line.
  6. Press the power button to turn the unit on and close lips to prevent splashing. 
  7. Be sure to lean over the sink and let the water flow from your mouth into the sink.
  8. Start with the back of your teeth and work towards the front of your teeth.

Prescott Dentistry is Here to Answer Your Questions

Flossing is a vital part of keeping your teeth and gums healthy. If a water flosser sounds like the right fit for you, be sure to choose an ADA approved water flosser. If you still have questions about water flossers or how to use a Waterpik, our staff here at Prescott Dentistry is here for you. Give us a call  to schedule a consultation with our compassionate, dedicated team. 

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