We all want to have a pearly white smile but we’re also well aware of the fact that maintaining the proper oral hygiene is not that simple. On the other hand, we can’t risk poorly taking care of our teeth either as that can easily result in tooth loss, cavities and gum disease. Gum disease, consequently, can negatively affect the health of your heart and the bacteria that cause gum diseases can also get into your bloodstream.
Brushing your teeth at least twice a day is a good habit, but in most cases, that’s not enough to clean your teeth from the plaque, food particles and bacteria that are stuck between them. For this reason, most dentists recommend interdental cleaning, like flossing. When it comes to cleaning the space between your teeth, you have two options: to use dental floss or Waterpik water flosser. Consulting with your dentist before deciding is always a good idea, but before that, it’s also good to be informed about the pros and cons of using both options.
What is Waterpik?
Waterpik is a brand of water flosser or an oral irrigator that sprays water in order to remove any food that is stuck between your teeth. These units are a great option for people who have problems using regular floss, such as people who are wearing braces, have nonremovable bridgework, have crowns or dental implants. Also, Waterpik is the preferred choice by people suffering from arthritis or anyone who finds string floss difficult to work with.
How to use Waterpik water flosser?
Let’s make one thing clear – water flosser doesn’t replace your regular toothbrush. This means brushing your teeth twice per day is still a must. But, you can include the water flosser in your daily routine and use it before or after brushing your teeth. This unit comes with a reservoir that needs to be filled with lukewarm water. Once you fill it, get the flosser tip and put it on your mouth. The process can be a little messy so make sure lean over the sink. Turn the device on and you are ready for teeth cleaning. You should keep your focus on the top of your teeth, the space between each tooth and the gum line. Don’t forget your backsides too. The entire process is easy and fast and it will take you not more than 2 minutes.
What are the benefits?
One of the benefits of using Waterpik water flosser is cleaning the most hard-to-reach areas with ease. Thanks to it, cleaning tightly spaced teeth and periodontal pockets is not a problem. This will also keep your breath fresh longer, which is an additional plus. If you are a new user and want to ensure you are doing it right, remember to place the tip in the mouth before turning on the unit. Then, start slowly and gently. For best results, it’s recommended to start with cleaning the back teeth and continue to work towards the front ones.
Does Waterpik whiten teeth?
It has been clinically proven that the flosser removes about 25% more stains than brushing, up to 99.9% of plaque from the treated areas and that it’s about 50% more effective in improving the health of the gums compared to traditional floss.
How to keep Waterpik clean?
Once you start using the device, keeping it clean is a must. Any dirt that might accumulate in your water flosser may affect the pressure and effectiveness of the unit. All you need to keep your flosser clean is water and vinegar. Make sure you clean it every 1-3 months to ensure optimal performance. Here’s how:
- Clean the outside of the unit using a soft cloth and a non-abrasive cleaner;
- Clean the reservoir by removing it from the unit, remove the valve (if any), put it in a dishwasher and make sure it’s dry before you start using it again. If you don’t have a dishwasher you can wash the reservoir by hand using warm, soapy water;
- Clean the internal parts of the unit with a mix of 2 tablespoons of white vinegar and a full reservoir of warm water. Run the water through the unit until there is no water left in the reservoir. Then, fill it up with clean warm water and repeat;
- Clean the handle by removing the tip. Then, dip the handle into a mixture of vinegar and water (2 parts water, 1 part vinegar) for about five to seven minutes. After that, rinse the handle with warm water;
- Clean the flosser tip the same way as the handle. Soak it in white vinegar or hydrogen peroxide (2 parts water, 1 part white vinegar or hydrogen peroxide) for about five minutes and then rinse it with warm water. Replace the tip every three to six months.