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How to Use a Water Flosser

woman using flosser

Water flossers (sometimes called hydro flossers or Waterpiks, which is a popular brand,) are a flossing alternative that uses a steady stream of water to clean between teeth and below the gums.

Using a water flosser can take a bit of practice, but with time it’s a great way to boost your oral health.

  • In the beginning, plan for a mess. Make sure you’re leaning over the sink or using your device in the shower to prevent any spray across the bathroom.
  • Keep your head tilted down, with your lips slightly open so that excess water can drip into the drain. Whatever you do, don’t be tempted to look up in the mirror!
  • Manoeuvre the tip along each tooth, tracing the gumlines and then pausing for a couple of seconds between teeth.
  • Adjust the pressure as needed. Start with the setting somewhere in the middle, then work your way up or down based on how comfortable you are. If it hurts, turn the pressure down. You can expect it to feel like a light tickle, but the more used to it you are the less sensitive your mouth will feel.
  • Be sure to aim the stream of water towards the gumlines, but not straight down into them. A 45-degree angle is adequate.
  • Use slightly warm or lukewarm tap water in your device, to avoid sensitivity.

Our Mulgrave dentists recommend water flossers to our patients who have trouble flossing, dexterity challenges, difficult restorations to clean (such as bridges), orthodontic appliances, or gum pockets that traditional floss can’t reach. Since water flossers can reach several millimetres, they can be more effective than floss in some cases.

Is a water flosser right for you? Ask about the different benefits and design options the next time you’re at Purity Dental. Schedule your check and clean today!