Today, we’re talking about the water flosser, also known as interdental cleaner, interdental irrigator, or water jet. The first water-shooting device for cleaning between teeth was created in the early 1960’s by Colorado dentist Dr. Gerald Moyer and John Mattingly, a hydraulics engineer. The gadget is now known by the brand name “Waterpik”, though many people use the term generically.
Since its origin, many other companies have entered the market with similar products. (Note: Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS does not necessarily endorse any specific brand.) More than 65 studies have affirmed the safety and proficiency of water flossing.
A water irrigation instrument oscillates a stream of water through a small, targeted tube to shoot out fragments 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 move the stream of shooting water around the gum line, hesitating momentarily at each gap between adjoining teeth.
First, talk to Dr. Blackwood to receive an oral care treatment plan that factors in your tooth and gum health, physical dexterity, and lifestyle. The following factors may impact whether or not Dr. Blackwood guides you to use an interdental irrigation device.
Braces or other orthodontic appliances
A physical condition that diminishes ability to brush and/or floss
Gums that bleed when flossing
Bleeding around dental implants when flossing
Aversion to flossing
Our high-quality team would love to help you learn the best suited techniques for keeping your gums pink and healthy and firmly attached to cavity-free teeth. To schedule an appointment, call 801-506-6009.
Jacquelyn L. Fried, RDH, MS, “Interdental Cleansing,” The American Dental Hygienist Association, https://www.adha.org/resources-docs/7123_Waterpik_Irrigation.pdf, accessed March 10, 2017
Carol A. Jahn, RDH, MS, “The Water Flosser: Your Tool For Optimal Oral Health,” https://www.waterpik.com/oral-health/pro/education/pdf/Waterpik_WaterFlosser_ContinuingEducation.pdf, accessed March 10, 2017
“Water Flossing,” MouthHealthy (ADA), http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/w/water-flossers, accessed March 10, 2017
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