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Should You Use a Water Pick?

Water FlossersA consistent routine of brushing and flossing is universally touted as the most important action against plaque. In many circumstances, interdental brushes will be the acceptable alternative to floss. But what about water picks? You might have heard of these devices and are curious about how they function. Let’s take a closer look at the water pic and see how it is employed.

Using a Water Pick

Water flossers, also termed water pics, are oral irrigation devices. These devices use pressurized water or jet streams to eliminate leftover particles from the interdental spaces, as well as from pockets beneath the gumline. Water picks are generally electric and connect to a water reservoir. Some electric toothbrushes even contain a water flossing capability.

Whether or not you should completely replace ordinary flossing with a water pic depends on the condition of your teeth and gums. It might be effective if you have large gaps between teeth or deep gum pockets that need cleansing. However, some foods escape the oral irrigator’s flow. You may try using an interdental brush or floss after using a water pic to compare its efficiency for you. In any case, water picks can definitely be employed as an addition to your dental care routine. Our Littleton dentists can help guide you to know if this is an effective option in your specific case.

Is Oral Irrigation Best for Me?

When might our Littleton dentists embrace using a water pic? Here are some specific circumstances where such a tool is useful:

  1. Dry Mouth: Saliva is the teeth’s natural cleansing agent, helping to prevent against the creation of dental plaque. Dry mouth, a condition when the mouth produces a lesser amount of saliva than average, will increase the risk of gum disease and creating cavities. Although not a long-term answer, a water pic increases moisture in your mouth while effectively removing bacteria, plaque and food particles.
  2. Braces: For clients with braces, there’s little more annoying than food stuck between your teeth. Without prompt cleaning, that food leads to cavities. A water pic can be employed between meals to remove food particles, in connection with thorough tooth brushing and perhaps an interdental brush.
  3. Bleeding Gums: The primary cause of bleeding gums is gum disease, a bacterial infection necessitating help from your dentist. If you are being treated for gum disease, and find that many areas continue to bleed despite consistent flossing, a water pic might help address the situation. For example, using a water pic just before using dental floss will help eliminate larger food particles, making it easier for you to use dental floss.

Scientists demonstrate that oral irrigation tools are safe and effective for diluting the acids generated by oral microorganisms, and to address the difficulties noted here. If you’re interested in using one of these tools, mention it to a member of the Colorado Dental Arts at your next appointment and we’ll make a recommendation that’s best for your situation.

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