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:
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I Travel a Lot, Sometimes with Or Without Proper Amenities. How Do I Maintain This Practice of Water-Flossing Without Carrying This Equipment?
Sure, you have to be consistent with water flossing to get optimum results. And traveling sure isn’t going to help, with the exhaustion and stress of it all.
But the good news is that there are many travel kits available in the market. They look like your electronic toothbrushes. Instead of the huge water flosser's reservoir, you have a tiny compartment attached to the flosser itself, enough for a clean floss. A handy-dandy kit that can either operate on a couple of batteries or needs charging.
How Can I Use This Equipment Without Causing a Huge Mess?
That's a very common concern for most beginners, but here are some pointers to practice your hand:
Just to avoid water spilling on the ground, you can place a mat. It's enough since water splashed from the flosser isn't of that intensity.
First off, get your position right, lean over the sink. Aim your flosser on the lower set of your teeth, and then start the flosser; this way, you avoid water spilling out. Do not look into the mirror, and you will splash water on it. Put your neck down and feel the pressure instead.
Always start with the lowest intensity on the scale. This way, you can determine which level is most comforting to your gums (especially for those who have severe gingivitis). You can always increase the levels as and when you have set your hand at it.
Can I Use Waterpik on My Pet Dog?
Absolutely! in fact, it is a better source to get those canines all cleaned up.
Also, some Waterpiks have flexible and extending chords, and you can adjust your pet in the sink and start flossing.
Just consult your vet once, and also beware if the dog is too young.
Can I Add Medicines or Other Solutions to The Water Reservoir?
The main purpose of the water-flosser is to tackle gum problems. It's designed to clean as well as massage the gums.
If you are prescribed certain dental solutions for your gums, you can add them to the water.
Do not fill the reservoir with just the medicine, as it may exceed the dose required.
A qualified Dentist who holds the BDS, RDS qualification. When she’s not helping patients with their oral health, you will find her on here writing topics on various dental issues. Her deep passion for writing makes her happy and fulfilled.