Regular use of dental floss removes plaque, helping to prevent the buildup of plaque, which can lead to tartar. Flossing is Important to Your Daily Oral Health Routine but string flossing can be awkward, messy, and hard to do right. If you are looking for an effective alternative to string floss, you can floss with water instead!

What is a Waterpik?

A Waterpik, also known as a dental water jet, oral irrigator or water flosser, is an instrument that directs a surge of water at the teeth to help wash away food particles.

Compared to string floss, water flossing is more comfortable and doesn't require you to put your hands in your mouth or deal with used string floss. The correct technique is vital. Unlike string floss, you don't need to look in the mirror or hold your mouth open wide.

Using a Waterpik can be messy at first; but as you do it each day, you'll learn the technique.

  1. Fill the reservoir with lukewarm water. You can easily refill your reservoir by removing the top of the water container. Add a small cup of chlorhexidine mouthwash to the reservoir twice a week to create a sterile environment.

  2. Select the right tip. Your water flosser should come with a few standard tips, including a classic jet tip, toothbrush tip, plaque seeker tip, orthodontic tip, and pick tip. Choose the one that works best for you.

  3. Place the tip in the handle. There should be a way to lock the tip in place, either by twisting it or pressing a button on the handle. Consult your product manual if necessary.

  4. Place the tip in your mouth and start with your back teeth. Hold the tip away from your teeth and gums rather than touching them directly. You may want to lean over the sink, so you don't splash water on your countertop. You can start on either the inside or outside, but be sure to spray every interdental area.

  5. Turn on your water flosser. There is either an on-button or a dial that adjusts the water pressure. Start with a low-pressure setting and work your way up. Make sure the pressure is high but comfortable.

  6. Follow your gum line. Go tooth by tooth to ensure you get all food and tartar residue. Aim for the top of the tooth, the baseline of the gum, and the space between each tooth. Hold the water over each tooth for about two seconds. Repeat this process on the outside and inside of your teeth. It should take you about two minutes to complete.

  7. Empty the reservoir. Finally, pour out any remaining water. Leaving stale water in your reservoir can cause bacteria to grow.

Congratulations you've just learned how to use a water flosser.

If you are interested in using a Waterpik and would like to find out more about them, your dentist can explain to you more about how they work.

For more information, call our office at +91-8149060597 or visit www.jehangiroracare.com to book a dental appointment.

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