What about Waterpiks?

Quite often we are asked what we think of Waterpiks.  Is it a good tool to use?  Does it really help keep your mouth cleaner?

A little clarification:  the term “Waterpik” is to oral irrigators as “Kleenex” is to tissues.

It has become generic for all dental irrigation devices.  Although there are other manufacturers of dental irrigators,  Waterpik, Inc.,  has been around since 1962 and is the leading producer of this type of dental product.

Oral irrigation devices are a hot topic right now.  Go to waterpik.com and check out all the varied models, tips, instructional videos, and research-supported claims of the good that can come from spending one minute a day irrigating your teeth and gums.

We especially like the animation showing how the jets blow away debris from the teeth, with the gums quivering as the bacteria is blown out of the pockets.  Check it out at http://www.waterpik.com/oral-health/videos/mPNtiMcM4Zg/

Pretty impressive stuff.  In fact, the company has gone so far as to name their oral irrigators “water flossers,”  implying that their use gives equivalent benefit as traditional dental floss for between teeth cleaning.

Does it, though?  Here it is:  A Waterpik is a good way to clean between teeth, but flossing is the best way to clean between teeth.  When done properly, the mechanical disruption of the film of plaque on the surfaces of the teeth by floss results in the greatest health of the tissues.  Side by side, flossing wins. 

Next week:  When we recommend using a Waterpik.