How to Use a Dental Irrigator
Many people ask us how to use the Waterpik dental irrigator for dental care and whether it is easy or difficult to use. For this reason, we have created a small summary of the main steps to be taken to use the Waterpik Irrigator. If you have any questions about how to use this product you can leave a comment.
Steps to follow:
- Before you start, it is advisable to read the Quick Start Guide provided in the Waterpik products found at the top of the package. These are quick guides that are easy to understand and explain step by step.
- The first step is to select the most suitable jet for you and then insert it into the handle. It is important to make sure to press firmly on the central spot until a click is heard.
- The next step is to fill the tank with warm water. Most professionals agree on recommending warm water but it can also be cold water directly.
For a user who uses the Waterpik irrigator for the first time we recommend that you start with the lowest pressure and then progressively increase it to the level where it is not bothersome.
- Always insert the jet into your mouth before turning on the Waterpik irrigator. The best position is that of a small inclination on the sink with the lips partially closed and thus let run the water that falls in the sink.
- The recommended jet position is that it is at a 90-degree angle to your teeth.
- Its use should be by passing the Waterpik jet briefly in the spaces between the teeth. There is a pause button on the handle that temporarily stops the flow of water.
- Waterpik recommends starting by cleaning the front of the upper and lower teeth and then doing the back of the teeth in the same way.
- There is also a function that allows turning at the end of the handle that easily rotates the tip and facilitates access to all parts of the mouth with one hand.
- Then you can end up passing the Waterpik irrigator more times for areas that need additional help or also massage the gums.
When finished, empty the excess water from the water reservoir from the irrigator to the sink. That is all. It takes approximately one minute per day to get a cleaner, fresher and healthier mouth thanks to the effective Waterpik irrigator.
Why use a Waterpik irrigator
Motivating people to use dental floss is a bit like talking to the wall, quite complicated. Overcoming the challenge of making patients use silk is one of the biggest frustrations of most dentistry professionals.
You can encourage the use of silk, but most patients do not use it.
Different patients have different needs but all dentistry professionals know that to maintain a healthy smile all their patients need an effective program of daily oral care, however less than a third of adults use dental floss regularly and only 22% they do it correctly
Now there is an alternative for these poorly compliant patients. There are new clinical studies that show that oral irrigation with Waterpik is an effective alternative for patients who cannot use or not use dental floss.
Reasons that justify the use of the Waterpik irrigator:
Steps to follow:
- A study conducted by the University of Nebraska compared the use of dental floss vs the use of a Waterpik oral irrigator. The study showed that Waterpik is an effective alternative to the use of dental floss in the reduction of symptoms associated with gingivitis and periodontitis , in fact irrigating Waterpik proved to be up to 93% more effective in reducing bleeding and up to 52% % more effective in reducing gingival inflammation compared to dental floss.
- They clean, irrigate and eliminate toxic bacteria from the gingival margin and the periodontal pocket, keeping the situation in remission. The Waterpik Irrigator uses a meticulously controlled combination of pressure and pulsation that is clinically proven, gently cleanses the deep areas between the teeth and below the gingival margin, eliminating potentially pathogenic bacteria and often overlooked food debris with brushing and the use of dental floss. It also massages the gingival tissue to stimulate circulation, the final result is a significant reduction in inflammation and bleeding.
- Recent research shows a direct relationship between oral hygiene and systemic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Science shows that the Waterpik irrigator can reduce the level of subgingival pathogens that are directly responsible for the infection and inflammation that lead to the loss of insertion and bone.
- A Waterpik irrigator is also especially useful in patients with orthodontic appliances, implants, crowns or other dental pieces.
- Patients find their gums healthier, they feel more comfortable, they no longer bleed gums. With the irrigation, the remains of food are expelled and the end result is that when the treatment is finished and the brackets are removed, a big smile is seen.