Waterpik is a type of water floss, a device that uses high pressure water to flush out food particles located in between your teeth and underneath the gums. Waterpik comes with different sized tips so that you can find a tip that is effective for cleaning your teeth. Waterpik has a water reservoir which you can load with either water or mouthwash, depending on your preference, to flush between your teeth and clean them.
Waterpik is a great supplement to brushing and flossing for those who can’t properly clean their teeth with brushing and flossing alone. For example, if you have advanced gum disease, or periodontitis, then you’ve lost some of your jawbone. This creates larger gaps between your teeth which trap more food particles. A Waterpik is a very effective way of flushing out these trapped food particles to better clean in between your teeth. Also, if have lots of crowns, bridges and implants in your mouth, then you’re also a good candidate for using a Waterpik. Dental prosthesis like crowns and implants are harder to clean than natural teeth and using a Waterpik can be very helpful. Talk to Dr. Jazayeri to learn more about Waterpiks and to find out whether you’re a good candidate for using a Waterpik.
Unfortunately, no. While a Waterpik can be very helpful for individuals with gum disease or extensive restorative work in their mouth, water pressure is no substitute for manual cleaning. However, using a waterpik is very effective when combined with brushing and flossing. Waterpik flushes out loose particles removed by brushing and flossing to prevent them from reattaching to tooth surfaces. The best way to use a Waterpik is to brush and floss your teeth first then use a Waterpik to complete your hygiene routine.