What Is A Waterpik?

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For many, flossing is a dreaded task that is often done incorrectly or neglected altogether.  The use of a waterpik is a more effective and comfortable alternative to traditional flossing for those who may have undergone restorative dentistry or those in braces.

How To Use a Waterpik

Water-flossing can be done with just a few easy steps.  First, fill the reservoir with warm water and secure it to the base.  Next, select a tip and click it into the handle.
If you’re flossing with a waterpik for the first time, you will need to complete a few additional steps before you use it.  Adjust the pressure control setting to high, point the tip into the sink, turn the pik on until water flows, then turn it off.

When you’re ready to begin flossing, set the waterpik to the lowest pressure setting, place the tip in your mouth, and turn the unit on.  Close your lips partway to keep water from splashing, letting it flow naturally out of your mouth as you floss.  Direct the tip toward your gum line and start with your back teeth, reaching the front and back sides and the spaces between them.  Floss for one minute each day.

What Are the Benefits of Using a Waterpik?

Waterpiks gently massage your gums, removing up to 99.9% of plaque.  Dentists report that this modern method of cleaning between teeth is up to 50% more effective than conventional flossing, allowing you to enjoy optimal oral health with less effort.

Waterpiks are great for those with crowns, bridges and especially beneficial for those with braces. Our skilled team of dental professionals at Providence Dentistry in Charlotte, NC are happy to provide instructions on the proper way to use a waterpik. Schedule your dental cleaning appointment today and stay on top of your dental needs this year 704.846.1401.


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