Waterflossers are an alternative to traditional string floss to clean the surfaces your toothbrush can’t reach. While there are a number of brands on the market, we vere towards the Waterpik models due to the history, value for money and clinical effectiveness.
Waterpik were developed by an engineer and a dentist in Colorado in the early 1960’s. It only took 146 attempts to get it right! Just goes to show -practice makes perfect!
Why Waterpik Waterflossers?
Pulsation and pressure are key in the mechanism of action of a dental water flosser. Pulsation allows for a compression and decompression phase as well as regulating pressure. This means you can set the unit at a power level best suited to your needs and comfort. Not all pulsating water flosser allow for the same type of cleansing. A medium to a high-pressure setting (50 psi – 90 psi) in conjunction with 1,200 pulsations has the largest body of evidence documenting safety and efficacy ( i.e. the Waterpik).
Evidence indicates that the dental water flosser has the greatest potential for subgingival (below the gum margin) access into the periodontal(gum) pocket over other traditional devices (e.g. string floss).
Waterflossers should be used before toothbrushing or at a different time of day. Follow the instructions for use for the best results. Mouth wash, warm or cold water can all be used in the reservoir. A medicated mouth wash e.g with chlorhexidine or a mixture of salt and water can be particularly useful if you have inflamed bleeding gums e.g. partly erupted wisdom tooth