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how helpful is the waterpik for dental health i tried it and it hurts my gums

A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Douglas
50 years experience Orthodontics
Yes: It sounds like your home routine and regular checkups with your periodontist will protect your gums. Good luck
Dr. Justin Nelson
15 years experience Pediatric Dentistry
Yes: Perioshield or a periodontal oral rinse is a great adjunct to any periodontal therapy. You may already have permanent gum recession but it may be cor ... Read More
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
Visit Periodontist: because gum recession is a progressive condition. If the recession persists, a procedure known as a "gum graft surgery" may be performed by a periodon ... Read More

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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Thaler
40 years experience Prosthodontics
No: It is an excellent aid in the maintenance of your teeth and tissues. Read the directions. Start on low setting and close your lips over the tip or hol ... Read More
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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
Waterpik: No damage to teeth (they are too hard). If you set the unit on the highest level, the water stream can do more harm than good if positioned directly i ... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Thaler
40 years experience Prosthodontics
Careful,Good Luck: A waterpik can be a good thing when used properly. First , however you must have a complete cleaning so that you do not risk blasting the bacteria dee ... Read More
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Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
Modern Dentistry: A Waterpik can be a good thing when used properly. First , however you must have a complete cleaning, gum treatment and tooth sensitivity and decay u ... Read More
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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
Dental Care: Have your teeth professionally cleaned first, then have all your carious teeth restored. Then use the waterpik to maintain your newfound good oral hea ... Read More
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A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ira Biderman
8 years experience Dentistry
Yes: It hasbeen shown that using products with xylitol does help reduce cavities.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Coleman
24 years experience Dentistry
Good: Especially one containing xylitol.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Prabu Raman
37 years experience Dentistry
Soon afer meals: Chewing sugarless - xylitol - gums would not only freshen your breath but also help reduce decay problems. But don't over do it and over work the tm ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
An exostosis: These are harmless, normal anatomical structures.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Davidson
50 years experience Periodontics
Sounds like abscess: It sounds like an early dental abscess. As the abscess gets larger it will hurt even when you don't press on the tooth. See your dentist. You may n ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Novick
42 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Prob due to the work: Dental work causes trauma to the area....But just to be sure call your dentist's "after hours" number and talk to them..They will know exactly what wa ... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
Move appointment: You may have an abscess. See if your appointment can be moved to a sooner date.
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