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How good is the waterpik for dental health?

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 more

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Dr. Hedi Kermani
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Dental Health (Definition)

Healthy non-swollen gums with no bleeding. No dental caries. No loose teeth, nor any missing teeth. No bone loss, with teeth in proper alignment providing good esthetics and proper function in speech, ...Read more


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How is the waterpik for dental health? Should I use peroxide in it?

How is the waterpik for dental health? Should I use peroxide in it?

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 more

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How helpful is the waterpik for dental health? I tried it and it hurts my gums.

How helpful is the waterpik for dental health?  I tried it and it hurts my gums.

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 more

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Is PerioShield mouth rinse a good defense against periodontitis? I keep having gum recession despite good home care with a WaterPik and dental floss.

Is PerioShield mouth rinse a good defense against periodontitis?  I keep having gum recession despite good home care with a WaterPik and dental floss.

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 periodontist. PerioShield breaks down plaque, but cannot stop gum recession. ...Read more

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Are electric toothbrush and waterpik good for teeth?

Are electric toothbrush and waterpik good for teeth?

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

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How to clean dental implants using waterpik?

How to clean dental implants using waterpik?

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 more

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Waterpik vs dental floss? Which is better?

Waterpik vs dental floss? Which is better?

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 more

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When is the best time to chew gum for good dental health?

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 more

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Will a waterpik cause more damage to gums or teeth how to use ?

Will a waterpik cause more damage to gums or teeth how to use ?

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 hold head over sink and let water rinse out into sink. Angle the tip downward towards the gums and move as if you were tracing along the edge of the tissue. Then use straight in between the teeth. It will feel very good, once you get the hang of it. ...Read more

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