In this post from OKC Smiles in Oklahoma City, we’re talking about the water flosser, an excellent addition to any dental health routine.
The water flosser is also known as an interdental cleaner, interdental irrigator, or water jet. The first water-shooting device for cleaning between teeth was created in the early 1960’s by Colorado dentist Dr. Gerald Moyer and John Mattingly, a hydraulics engineer. The instrument is now known by the brand name Waterpik, though many people use the term generically.
Since its inception, numerous other companies have entered the market with similar products. (Note: OKC Smiles does not necessarily endorse any specific brand.)
A water irrigation device oscillates a stream of water through a small, targeted tube to shoot out particles of food and plaque from around and between teeth. To use it, you place 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, hesitating briefly at each gap between adjacent teeth.
There have been over 65 studies that have confirmed the safety and effectiveness 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 gum disease, maybe. It may also help you keep your teeth and gums healthy if you have dental bridgework.
For good dental health, OKC Smiles in Oklahoma City recommends brushing and flossing at least twice a day. Adding a water flosser is a good idea. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment with us today.
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