Do you love the idea of flossing and the health benefits that go with it but hate actually flossing? You are like many people! Not to worry, there are alternatives to string floss that have similar benefits and may be easier depending on the patient. Our team recently had a short seminar outlining the benefits of the Waterpik and we certainly learned some interesting facts! Is the Waterpik right for you?
The Waterpik is the most well-known name in water flossers. It is used by directing the angled tip around the gumline and expressing a pressurized water to help flush out food debris and plaque. The Waterpik boasts that it easily reaches in between tight areas as well as under the gumline. Many people find that flossing is time consuming, difficult and even painful. It can be difficult to use the correct technique for effectively using string floss. With it’s wide handle, the Waterpik is efficient even for those with a limited dexterity. Using warm water in the reservoir can be soothing to irritated gums. With these measures in comfort, patients are sometimes more apt to use a Waterpik for their interdental cleaning.
A water flosser is especially beneficial for the following patients:
- Those with braces
- Implant patients (there is even a special attachment!)
- Children and teens
- Those with mobility issues who find string floss difficult to manage
- Anyone who finds a “gadget” way more fun to use than other alternatives
If you are interested in the Waterpik but need more information, let us know! They are readily available at Costco, Wal-Mart and Shoppers Drugmart. Check out this YouTube video to see if you think it may be right for you!