Benefits of Oral Irrigators
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 the biofilm called plaque from the tiny spaces in between the teeth — the places a regular brush or floss can’t reach. Left alone, the biofilm builds up into a hardened layer called tartar or calculus, which generally requires a professional cleaning with special dental tools to remove.
The Waterpik Aquarius Water Flosser
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 product 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 has been proven to remove up to 99.9% of plaque from treated areas.
So does it make sense to use an oral irrigator instead of flossing? We recommend our patients use both! Flossing is the best way to remove biofilm in between teeth where they touch. But a water flosser blasts away the plaque biofilm better than floss at the gum line and hard to reach areas.