In this post from Town Dental Group in Mint Hill, we’re reviewing the water flosser, also known as interdental cleaner, interdental irrigator, or water jet.
The first water-shooting device for cleaning between teeth was created in the early 1960’s. The instrument is now known by the brand name Waterpik, though many people use the term generically. Since its creation, many other companies have entered the market with similar products. (Note: Town Dental Group does not necessarily endorse any specific brand.)
A water irrigation tool sends a stream of pulsing water through a small tube to shoot out particles of food and plaque from around and between teeth. To use it, you insert the tube into your mouth, turn it on, and then lean over the sink with your mouth slightly open to let the water dribble out as you maneuver the stream of shooting water around the gumline, stopping momentarily at each gap between adjoining teeth.
There have been over 65 studies that have verified the safety and efficacy of water flossing for calculus reduction, plaque biofilm removal, bleeding reduction, inflammation reduction, and gingivitis care.
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