At Dentistry at Pelham Pointe, we believe strongly in oral irrigation (water flossing) as part of regular home care. Not only are the benefits of oral irrigation supported in recent studies, but we have personally seen the dramatic healthy improvements that come to our patients who use oral irrigation regularly. Water flossing is an effective means of removing plaque from the tiny spaces in between the teeth — the places a regular brush can’t reach. Left alone, plaque builds up into a hardened layer called tartar or calculus, which generally requires a professional cleaning with special dental tools to remove. Both plaque and tartar are the major causes of tooth decay and gum disease.
The Waterpik® Aquarius Water Flosser is The Easy and More Effective Way to Floss™. And it’s perfect for anyone with braces, implants, crowns, bridges, or periodontal pockets. Waterpik® Water Flossers are the only brand clinically proven to be more effective than traditional dental floss and Sonicare® AirFloss for reducing plaque, gingivitis, and gum disease. The Waterpik® Aquarius Water Flosser is the ultimate in water flossing performance. It features ten pressure settings, a contemporary design that is smaller and quieter than previous models, a covered reservoir with in-lid tip storage, and six unique tips. The Waterpik Aquarius Water Flosser is the number one recommended Water Flosser model among dental professionals.
So does it make sense to use an oral irrigator instead of flossing? For most people, flossing is probably the best way to ensure that you remove as much plaque as possible. But if for some reason you aren’t able to floss effectively, using an oral irrigator offers some well-documented benefits. Why not ask us the next time you come in? We can help you decide which method is right for you, and even demonstrate the most effective techniques for plaque removal.