You should use a waterpik at least 2 times per day. Once after you have had breakfast and then again before bed time after your final meal of the day.
This is going to be the most effective way to keep your teeth in tip top condition.
We don't recommend you use it every time you snack on something because it can be time consuming to get it going, depending on the model you have.
We know some of you are concerned about the waterpik being too harsh on the teeth and gums but that is false. If you use it according to the instructions you will not have any issues whatsoever.
If you have braces or other dental implants, crowns, bridges etc, you could bump up you waterpik usage 3 - 4 times per day, depending on how many meals you have or if food gets stuck in your braces easily.
How Often Should I Use A Waterpik If I Have Gum Disease?
If gingivitis is present then we recommend you use the waterpik 2-3 times per day. This will ensure that any soft plaque on and in between teeth will be removed and this in turn will minimise bacteria from being able to stick and multiply.
There might be some bleeding if you have gum disease but this is normal and after a few weeks it should go away.
Is The Waterpik More Effective Than Normal Flossing?
I went to the dentist a while ago and asked them about waterpik and regular flossing, to which she said: It doesn't matter as long as you get your twice per day flossing in.
This is true to an extent because both types of devices will get the job done i.e dislodge food particles stuck in gums and between teeth.
But if we want to get scientific then the waterpik does outshine manual flossing. Clinical studies show that water flossers are:
- 1% more effective than dental floss for reducing gingivitis
- 2X as effective as dental floss at reducing gingival flossing
- 29% more effective as dental floss at removing plaque
In my opinion, as long as you get something in between your teeth to clean out the gunk, you should be alright.
Can The Waterpik Damage Your Gums And Teeth?
Water flossing should not hurt your gums if done properly, in fact it should be more user friendly than regular floss. The pulsating water has a soothing effect on the gums and isn't too harsh on the teeth either.
The waterpik also has different pressure settings to suit most peoples needs.
We suggest you start on the lower settings and slowly work your way up to a comfortable level where you can feel it working effectively.
Like I mentioned earlier, don't worry if you notice blood from the gum area especially if you have gum disease.
This will happen but the more bacteria and unwanted particles you remove from the teeth and gums the better your oral hygiene will become in the long run.
Keep at it and you will start to see some positive changes 🙂
What Are Some Of The Best Water Flossers On The Market?
There are so many models on the market right now and we have already reviewed certain models.
We will leave the links below If you are interested in purchasing one for yourself: