Are there any side effects to water flossing(oral irrigator)? How to use a water flosser and how to use a water flosser with an electric toothbrush to maintain oral health?
1. I highly recommend that you buy it.
If you can only choose one oral cleaning tool, I highly recommend buying a water flosser or oral irrigator, which is even more worth buying than an electric toothbrush.
2. It can clean the teeth thoroughly.
Our teeth can hide food debris and dental plaque, which cannot be cleaned by brushing alone. Left uncleaned for a long time can lead to bleeding gums, interproximal caries, and sometimes bad breath. The water flosser is like a “high-pressure water gun,” which can launch a high-speed water column to clean the gap between the teeth thoroughly.
3. Water flossing is more convenient than flossing to clean between teeth.
Although dental floss can clean between teeth, it is inconvenient to use, and water floss is very easy to use. But, of course, if you are already very skilled at flossing, you can continue to use it as a more economical means of dental care.
4. Oral irrigator has no side effects.
All the side effects circulating on the Internet are all misinformation. For example, some say that oral irrigator hurts teeth or gums, which is impossible. Although the water pressure of an oral irrigator is high, its pressure design is far less than the pressure gums can withstand, and it is even less likely to damage hard teeth.
5. Reasons why gums bleed after using an oral irrigator.
Some people’s gums bleed after using a water flosser, but this is not a problem with the water flosser. Instead, it is because the gums have not been cleaned much, and the gums have become congested with plaque bacteria and food debris, and in this case, the water flosser will bleed when it touches the gums slightly.
6. Try to buy a dental oral irrigator that can adjust the water pressure.
If you bleed the first time you use the water flosser, you can turn down the pressure level appropriately. Then, keep using it for one to two weeks, and you will usually not bleed.
7. It is not recommended for patients with severe periodontitis.
If bleeding gums are not relieved after two weeks of continuous rinsing, you have developed a more severe form of periodontitis and should seek medical attention as soon as possible.
8. Using a water flosser will not cause the gap between your teeth to get bigger.
Some say that flossing with water will make the gaps in your teeth bigger, which is also impossible. Water flossing cleans the gap so well that it appears larger visually. Water flossing is the gentlest of all the means that can clean the gap between your teeth.
9. Keep using the oral irrigator every day.
Adults generally have varying degrees of periodontal disease, and their gums are more or less receding. Therefore, when they do not use the oral irrigator, their gums swell; after developing the habit of using the oral irrigator, the swollen gums can be reduced to avoid further gum recession.
10. The frequency of using the water flosser every day.
The average person can use a flosser once a day. People with periodontal disease or large gaps in their teeth can flush after every meal to keep them clean.
11. You should use an oral irrigator before brushing your teeth at night.
This has two advantages; one is that after the dirt is flushed out from the teeth, the toothpaste can better nourish the adjacent surfaces of the teeth, prevent cavities and reduce gingivitis; the second is that after the dirt is flushed out, you can brush your teeth again to clean your mouth more thoroughly.
12. Warm tap water is recommended.
Water that is too cold or too hot will irritate the teeth. I also do not recommend that you fill the water flosser with mouthwash, one is likely to corrode the plumbing, and the other is too costly.
13. It is friendly to fixed dentures and dental implants.
In some cases, a dental irrigator is helpful for the daily maintenance of fixed dentures and dental implants. However, you can consult your prosthetist or implant doctor before deciding whether to buy it and how to use it.
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