You’ve probably heard or seen a Water Pik by now. You’ve probably even demoed one, considering how much these oral devices are being pushed into the market in the past few years.
So, it’s only fair to wonder, what exactly is a Water Pik? And more importantly, why is it all the rage these days?
How A Water Pik Can Help Your Oral Health
Known also as an oral irrigator or dental water jet, a Water Pik is a more hassle-free alternative to flossing. The oral device uses a streaming jet of water to clean teeth to remove plaque and other food particles from areas that normal brushing alone cannot reach.
Along with brushing, flossing has become an indispensable part of most people’s oral routine. But, it’s not exactly without flaws. Flossing takes a lot of time and is often a little too hard on the gums. In fact, it’s not unusual for people to experience some light bleeding and get small cuts on their gums after flossing. This can sometimes lead to an infection.
Water Pik eliminates that risk of infection. It’s a gentler alternative that uses water to rid the teeth and gums of bits and pieces of food, bacteria, and plaque.
Who Should Use A Water Pik?
Everyone, actually. However, it’s highly recommended for the following:
- Those wearing orthodontic braces
- Those who have fixed bridgework
- Those who have crowns
- Those who have dental implants
- Those who suffer from conditions that make it difficult to use a string floss, such as arthritis
The Benefits of Using a Water Pik
Have you ever seen how quickly those pressure washers can clean dust, grime, and all kinds of dirt from various surfaces? Water Pik is like one of those pressure washers. It’s a lot smaller, of course. But, the same train of thought applies.
Water Pik, along with brushing, can help make sure that your mouth is clean and free from bacteria when used regularly. Because Water Pik can reach those shallow periodontal pockets caused by gingivitis, even those with periodontal disease can benefit from it.
Unlike flossing, Water Pik is very easy to use. Although it may take some to find out the water temperature and power setting that you’re most comfortable with. But, after that, you won’t have any problem with them anymore.
Just remember to aim the water at both sides of your teeth and go through them as slowly and as thoroughly as you can to ensure a total mouth clean.
Are There Any Risks?
The only problem with Water Pik is that the stream may sometimes not be powerful enough to remove all the plaque bacteria. This doesn’t happen often. But, when it does, that’s where flossing becomes a more effective solution. However, so long as you take proper care of your teeth and gums, plaque will likely have no chance of staying in your teeth for so long.
Ultimately, the choice is up to you. Both Water Pik and flossing are excellent choices when it comes to taking care of your teeth and gums. Stick with what you’re most comfortable with and don’t forget to visit Dr. Posner at Dental Associates of Hoboken often for regular dental examinations and cleaning. Make an appointment today at 201-795-2111.