You may have recently seen adverts popping up advertising the Waterpik. We asked our dental hygienist and therapist Brooke to tell you more about it and whether it could benefit you.
Waterpik is a handheld device which cleans between your teeth and around dental work such a crowns, bridges and implants with a pressurised jet of water. The Waterpik delivers a constant flow of water which you can control from low to high.
The idea is that the stream of water gently pushes the plaque and food off of your teeth, leaving you with a clean, fresh feelingand a healthy smile. It is easy to use, just trace the tip around the edges and between all of your teeth. If you’ve never used one before you’ll soon get the hang of it.
Yes, there are two types of Waterpik. One has a handle plugged into a reservoir and runs from a bathroom shaver socket. The other is cordless with a built-in reservoir. Both Waterpiks work in the same way, however the cordless is a smaller less powerful machine but easier to store in your bathroom.
There are plenty of brands out there that offer inter-dental cleaning aids to suit you, we particularly like the Philips Airfloss. This works a little differently to other devices, where the device delivers puffs of water and air to clean the teeth instead of a constant flow. You will be able to find your Airfloss or Waterpik by searching online or heading to your local health and beauty stores.
Those with limited dexterity may find these easier to use, as interdental brushes and floss can often be difficult or tricky to use. Those who have crowns, bridges and implants will also benefit from using them as it can sometimes be harder to remove plaque from difficult places. We also find our patients with fixed braces find them much quicker to clean their mouths.
They are a great addition to your interdental cleaning routine, but it is not to be used to replace your regular interdental brushes and floss.
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