In this post from Jim Erpenbach DDS in Knoxville TN, we’re discussing the water flosser, also known as interdental cleaner, interdental irrigator, or water jet. They’ve been a great asset to dentistry and to dental health.
The first water-shooting device for cleaning between teeth was invented in the early 1960’s by Colorado dentist Dr. Gerald Moyer and John Mattingly, a hydraulics engineer. The device is now known by the brand name Waterpik, though many people use the term generically. Since its creation, many other companies have entered the market with similar products. (Note: Jim Erpenbach DDS does not necessarily endorse any specific brand.)
A water irrigation instrument shoots a pulsing stream of water through a small, targeted tube to clean out bits of food and plaque from around and between teeth. To use it, you put the tube into your mouth, turn it on, and then lean over the sink with your mouth slightly open to let the water dribble out as you direct the stream of shooting water around the gumline, pausing momentarily at each gap between adjoining teeth.
There have been over 65 studies demonstrating the safety and proficiency of water flossing for calculus reduction, plaque biofilm removal, bleeding reduction, inflammation reduction, and gingivitis treatment.
Should I Use a Water Flosser?
If you don’t floss at all, absolutely. If you have gum disease, possibly. It may also help you keep your teeth and gums healthy if you have orthodontia.
First, ask us about an oral care treatment plan that factors in your tooth and gum health, physical dexterity, and lifestyle. The following conditions may impact whether or not we guide you to an interdental irrigation device.
The team at Jim Erpenbach DDS in Knoxville TN would love to help you learn the best suited processes for keeping your gums pink and healthy and firmly attached to cavity-free teeth. We provide family and cosmetic dentistry services. Schedule an appointment today!
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