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How Good Is The Waterpik For Dental Health
Helpful adjunct...: The water pik can be part of the regimen to maintain good dental health. But it is not necessary to accomplish this, and if other techniques are not followed, it is not enough (see prior answers about good basic dental care). As for peroxide, would not use straight peroxide on any part of skin or mucous membrane or in mouth: too astringent. Perhaps diluted, or combined with baking soda, may be ok. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Excellent: It is an excellent addition to brushing and flossing. I would not recommend using peroxide in it. Mouthwash is popular, but remember to run some clean water through it after using some other liquid. This will help keep it working properly and help prevent it "gunking up" or getting clogged. Good Luck. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Excellent: Be sure to start with the lowest setting. See your Dentist to make sure there are no underlying problems which might be worsened by the use of this. If so, get them corrected before continuing. Experience and gentle care and approach will usually correct the soreness, if all else is healthy. Bring it in to Dental Hygienist for instructions in use if needed. Good Luck. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is PerioShield mouth rinse a good defense against periodontitis? I keep having gum recession despite good home care with a WaterPik and dental floss.
Can be helpful: Those devices can be very helpful in removing food and debris from your teeth. The most important thing to remove is plaque and bacteria. To completely do this, flossing is a must. It is the only thing that will get between the teeth and gums where the bacteria congregates. Keep up the good work. ...Read more
Easy...dental floss!: A waterpik and/or airflosser are great products, however they are not a replacement for good flossing habits--they are a replacement for not flossing. This is not the same thing. These tools can be incorporated in your regular dental home care to stimulate gum tissue and help clean around braces or under dental bridges but it is still not better than floss. Sorry to be the bearer of this news. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
In concert w/brushin: Dental implants should be cared for the same as you would your natural teeth. Brushing, flossing, mouth rinses, and the water pik is a great addition, but not a substitute for any of the others. You also need to maintain your professional dental visits as well, so get that water pik and bring your oral hygiene to the next level! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 joints and jaw muscles by constant gum chewing. If you already have jaw joint clicks or catching, you need to be even more careful with gum chewing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Waterpik is good only for rinsing food debris not for removing oral biofilm, the cause of gingivitis and gum disease. Oral biofilm, ( plaque) is composed of bacterial waste, bacterial cell walls, lipids, salivary proteins, etc. And must be disrupted and removed mechanically , but cannot be rinsed off with pressurized water. Special flossing aids like superfloss or interdental brushes work best. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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