Dentists are obsessed with flossing – one might say!
If you have ever been to a dentist, then chances are that you have been given a long sermon on the importance of flossing.
Nonetheless, they are right about one thing; flossing is vital for your dental health.
But many people tend to avoid flossing as it requires a certain amount of dexterity and can cause gum bleeding if not handled properly.
Now, if you are one of those who hates traditional flossing and currently looking for an alternative, then a water flosser can be the solution to your problem.
A water flosser is a device that shoots a jet of water, and when aimed at the space between your teeth or gum line they dislodge any food particles and prevent plaque from growing.
Like a lot of people, you might have heard about water flosser but have no clue about how this device works.
No worries as this very article will provide a low-down on how water flosser works.And by the end of this post, you will know exactly how to use this device too.
Step 1: Pick the Right Device
There are many different brands of water flosser on the market, but my recommendation would be to go for the Waterpik.
Of all the water flosser brands, Waterpik is the most renowned of them.
Itis the only brand that is clinically proven to be an effective substitute for standard flossing in terms of removing plaques. Besides, the Waterpik causes no gum bleeding.
Step 2: Read the Instructional Guide
Before you start water flossing tour teeth, you need to read the instructional manual first. It will make the process a lot easier and will help you to regulate its components better.
Step 3: Fill the Water Reservoir
Your water flosser should have a water container with a removable top. First, you need to remove the top and fill the reservoir with lukewarm water.
Be careful not to use salt water for the flossing, as it can block the pipes of your water flosser.
Step 4: Choose the Right Tip
There are many different sorts of tip you could choose from. Select a tip that you will be most comfortable with.
For example, if you have a brace, then the orthodontic tip is perfect for you as it is ideal for removing plaques and food particles around the bracket and under the wires.
The toothbrush tip will increase your brushing quality manifolds, whereas the pik pocket tip isideal for people who are suffering from chronic periodontitis.Other options include the plaque seeker and the classic jet.
Moreover, no matter which tip you choose, don't forget to change the tip every three months.
Step 5: Set the Tip to the Lowest Pressure
After placing the tip in the handle, you need set the pressure on your flossing device. There will be either a button or a dial on the device which will allow you to set the water pressure for your convenience.
If you are a beginner, you should probably start at a lower pressure range for the first few days and then day by day increasing all the way up to the highest pressure. That's where you should keep flossing as high pressure increases cleanability.
Step 6: Put the Tip in Your Mouth
Before you turn the unit on, lean over a washbasin and put the tip in your mouth. Otherwise, things could get messy.
Step 7: The Flossing Procedure
When you start flossing, you should use the tip in between the teeth coming horizontally between each set of teeth.
I'd like to recommend that you point the tip slightly down on the lower teeth and correspondingly up slightly on the upper teeth. Therefore, you are pointing up to the gums or down into the gums depending on the arch you are on.
While you are water flossing, you need to see an 8-10 second time frame in between in the back area.
As you transition to the front area, you go into the 4-6 seconds time frame.
Remember, it's very important you cover both inside and the outer surface of your tooth.
Step 8: Keep Your Lips Pursed
You need to keep your lips pursed while you are water picking and let the water build up inside your mouth. Then press the pause button, and spit out all the water quickly. Then close your lips again compressing them like a straw and just continue along until the reservoir gets empty.
Step 9: Clean Your Reservoir
Having finished the flossing, you need to empty the water reservoir. Otherwise, the leftover water could facilitate the growth of bacteria.
Water floss provides an easy and effective alternative to string floss.If done regularly, it can be a useful addition to your dental routine and improve your dental health remarkably.
So, now that you know all the secrets of the dark art called water floss, put your knowledge into action and make your teeth germ free. Happy flossing!