In this blog post from the Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry in Alexandria, we’re discussing 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 by Colorado dentist Dr. Gerald Moyer and John Mattingly, a hydraulics engineer. The instrument is now known by the brand name Waterpik, though many people use the term generically. Since its inception, many other companies have entered the market with similar products. (Note: Mt. Vernon Center For Dentistry does not necessarily endorse any particular brand.)
A water irrigation device oscillates a stream of water through a small, targeted tube to shoot out particles 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 dribble out as you guide the stream of shooting water around the gumline, pausing briefly at each gap between adjacent teeth.
There have been numerous studies affirming the safety and effectiveness of water flossing for calculus reduction, plaque biofilm removal, bleeding reduction, inflammation reduction, and gingivitis treatment.
Should I Use a Water Flosser?
If you don’t floss at all, absolutely. If you have gingivitis, perhaps. It may also help you keep your teeth and gums healthy if you have dental appliances.
The Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry in Alexandria promotes dental health in all our patients, emphasizing regular brushing and flossing. A water jet device is a great tool to add to the routine. We offer family and cosmetic dentistry. Schdedule an appointment today.