This post takes a close look at the water flosser, also known as interdental cleaner, interdental irrigator, or water jet. At The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte, we consider it an excellent supplement to brushing and flossing.
The first water-shooting device for cleaning between teeth was developed in the early 1960’s by Colorado dentist Dr. Gerald Moyer and John Mattingly, a hydraulics engineer. The device is now known by the brand name Waterpik, though many people use the term generically. Since its introduction, numerous other companies have entered the market with similar products. (Note: The Steele Creek Dentist does not necessarily endorse any specific brand.)
A water irrigation instrument oscillates a stream of water through a small, targeted tube to shoot out fragments of food and plaque from around and between teeth. To use it, you put the tube into your mouth, turn it on, and then lean over the sink with your mouth slightly open to let the water drain out as you guide the stream around the gumline, pausing momentarily at each gap between teeth.
Numerous studies have confirmed the benefits of water flossing, and The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte agrees they are an excellent, if not critical, part of any dental health care regimen. So is brushing and flossing, and seeing us twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. We also provide general and cosmetic dentistry, and pediatric dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.
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