A careful routine of brushing and flossing is suggested as the most important action against plaque. In many cases, interdental brushes are a practical alternative to floss. But what about water flossing? You may have heard of these products and wonder how they operate. Let’s take a closer look at the water pick and see how it is used.
Water flossers, also termed water picks, are oral irrigation products. These products apply jet streams or pressurized water to eliminate food particles from the interdental spaces, as well as from pockets below the gumline. Water flossers are generally electric and connect to a water reservoir and some electric toothbrushes even feature a water flossing feature.
Whether or not you should completely replace normal flossing with a water pick depends on the situation of your teeth and gums. It may certainly be recommended if you have considerable gaps between teeth or big gum pockets that need cleansing. Certain foods escape the oral irrigator’s flow, however, so you should try using floss or an interdental brush after using a water pick to test its effectiveness in various cleaning situations. In any case, water flossers can certainly be used as an adjunct to your oral health routine. Talk to one of our Sacramento dentists for extra recommendations.
When may our Sacramento dentists suggest using a water pick? Here are some specific situations where such a tool is useful:
Dry Mouth: Saliva is the teeth’s natural cleansing agent, also securing against the creation of dental plaque. Dry mouth, a condition when the mouth produces a lesser amount of saliva than average, increases the risk of gum disease and developing cavities. Although not a long-term solution, a water pick adds moisture to your mouth while squirting away food particles and bacteria.
Bleeding Gums: The first cause of bleeding gums is gum disease, a bacterial infection needing help from your dentist. If you need treatment for gum disease, and find that many spots continue to bleed in spite of careful flossing, a water pick may help address the decay. For example, using a water pick just before employing dental floss helps eliminate greater food particles, making it comfortable to apply dental floss.
Braces: For patients wearing braces, there’s nothing more annoying than food stuck between the teeth. Without proper cleaning, that food leads to tooth decay. A water pick used between meals to remove food particles is a good combo with thorough brushing and even an interdental brush.
Dentists consistently demonstrate that oral irrigation devices are safe and effective for diluting the acids produced by microorganisms, and to address the difficulties discussed above. When you’re interested in using one of these devices, mention it to a member of the Sacramento Dentistry Group at your next cleaning and we’ll make a suggestion that’s right for your condition.