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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

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 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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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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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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If I have bad teeth n gum issues n cavities will a waterpik cause me pain there's a few teeth I can't brush dentist recommend waterpik worried pain?

If I have bad teeth n gum issues n cavities will a waterpik cause me pain there's a few teeth I can't brush dentist recommend waterpik worried pain?

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 health. ...Read more

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Does gum with xylitol proven to be any better for dental health than any other sugarless gum?

Does gum with xylitol proven to be any better for dental health than any other sugarless gum?

Reduces decay: Xylitol decreases decay because the oral bacteria cannot metabolize it so they can't grow and produce acids to cause decay. You need 6 grams a day to protect your teeth. ...Read more

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

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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I have two small white bumps on my gums below my front bottom teeth and it doesn't hurt at all. No other symptoms. Good dental hygiene. What is it?

I have two small white bumps on my gums below my front bottom teeth and it doesn't hurt at all. No other symptoms. Good dental hygiene. What is it?

White bumps: How long? Size? Exact location? Hard or soft? Compressible? Moveable? Symmetrical? Any redness around the white areas? The rule of thumb is that all white areas in/on what is normally pink tissue should be examined. Wouldn't it be great to have your Dentist say, "That's normal." ...Read more

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I have localized swelling between two teeth which bleeds sometimes. I did x-rays, had gum cleaning surgery, and I use floss and waterpick it stil bleeds?

I have localized swelling between two teeth which bleeds sometimes. I did x-rays, had gum cleaning surgery, and I use floss and waterpick it stil bleeds?

See a dentist.: Many possibilities for the cause of this problem exist. If the 2 teeth don't touch each other it can be food impaction. It can be a cracked root. It can be improper flossing technique (like "sawing" under the gum or snapping it through the contact of the 2 teeth). See a dentist to find out why. If the one you saw can't figure it out, see another! ...Read more

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I have localized swelling between two teeth which bleeds sometimes. I did x-rays, had gum cleaning surgery, and I use floss and waterpick it stil bleeds?

I have localized swelling between two teeth which bleeds sometimes. I did x-rays, had gum cleaning surgery, and I use floss and waterpick it stil bleeds?

See a periodontist: There is a high probability that you have localized periodontitis. If you are still having bleeding despite regular hygiene maintenance visits and good oral hygiene habits, it is like there is an undiagnosed periodontal condition that requires additional treatment. Sometimes it may not even be related to tartar, it may be a defective filling or crown causing the periodontal inflammation. ...Read more

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I have localized swelling between two teeth which bleeds sometimes. I did x-rays, had gum cleaning surgery, and I use floss and waterpick it stil bleeds?

I have localized swelling between two teeth which bleeds sometimes. I did x-rays, had gum cleaning surgery, and I use floss and waterpick it stil bleeds?

Bacterial infection: You still have gums bacterial infection. You will need antibiotics. Even better when is placed inside the gingival pocket. Ask your dentist if they have that kind. There is one named Arestin
healthy gums don't bleed. ...Read more

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Gums red swollen bleed w waterpik/brush and DON'T hurt. Periodontist thinks its sensitivity to acidic food. What is best care for gums when irritated?

Gums red swollen bleed w waterpik/brush and DON'T hurt. Periodontist thinks its sensitivity to acidic food. What is best care for gums when irritated?

Red swollen gums: You haven't said how long and how often this has been occurring. If you do not have a periodontal infection, then you may have a medical problem. Possibilities include viral infection, fungal infection, systemic illness.
You may want to seek a second dental opinion, and have a thorough medical examination, especially if the bleeding gums is a long-standing condition. ...Read more

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Which gum is worst for chewing in terms of sugar and dental hygiene?

Which gum is worst for chewing in terms of sugar and dental hygiene?

Sugar Gum is Worse: Any gum with sugar should be avoided. Sugar is immediate food for the bacteria in our mouths that cause cavities. Try a gum that is sugarless and has a natural cavity preventing ingredient called xylitol. ...Read more

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I have great dental hygiene and I floss, but I noticed a thin black line near the gum on the back of my incisor front tooth. My gum looks lifted. What should I do?

Needs to be seen: It could be a number of things and would have to actually be seen by a dentist. It's unlikely it's anything to be concerned about. We can't make a diagnosis over the internet, especially without seeing what you are referring to. Perhaps a stained groove or calculus? When was you last dental exam and x-rays? ...Read more

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a good holistic dental hygiene routine, especially for those with gum disease or tooth decay?

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a good holistic dental hygiene routine, especially for those with gum disease or tooth decay?

Dental hygiene: Brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing them daily, foods or beverages that contain sugar and having regular check-ups with a dentist can help keep your teeth healthy for life. ...Read more

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Hello I used a waterpik for the first time a few days ago suddenly last evening and occasionally today my front 4 crowns and back teeth hurt. Why?!

Hello I used a waterpik for the first time a few days ago suddenly last evening and occasionally today my front 4 crowns and back teeth hurt. Why?!

Waterpik: Most likely coincident. A waterpik is just an aid to help with oral hygiene routine. Be careful not to be too aggressive with any dental tools you use. ...Read more

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I am currently breastfeeding and my gums for about 2 weeks have been pulsing and swollen. What can it be from? I have good dental hygiene.

I am currently breastfeeding and my gums for about 2 weeks have been pulsing and swollen. What can it be from? I have good dental hygiene.

You need to be: Examined by your dentist. It could be nutritional, hormonal, stress, poor sleep, dietary, bacterial or combination of any of these. ...Read more

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Can a waterpik cause gum recession?

Can a waterpik cause gum recession?

Gum Recession: Improper homecare can cause gum recession. A waterpik is a great adjunct to homecare if used properly. It is good for patients who have difficulty manipulating floss and those who have pocketing too. Aiming the waterpik straight into the area between the teeth not up into the gum and spending time flushing each area creates suction (venturi effect) pulling debris out that the brush cant reach. ...Read more

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Could a waterpik cause gum recession?

Could a waterpik cause gum recession?

Waterpik: Waterpiks are used to treat gum infections. When infected, the gum tissue swells. When it's healthy, it shrinks. If the waterpik is used properly (have your dentist or hygienist demonstrate the proper techniques) it will not cause recession, though the healthy tissue will be lower than before. ...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 I used the waterpik, I felt pain at a tiny area of my gums. The pain stopped when I moved the water flosser to another area. Are my gums infected?

When I used the waterpik, I felt pain at a tiny area of my gums. The pain stopped when I moved the water flosser to another area. Are my gums infected?

Make adjustments: It is possible that the pressure is too high on the waterpik or that you are holding it too close to your gums. However, your gums could also be inflamed. Be sure to see your dentist regularly for hygiene appointments. ...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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When I use a waterpik daily should the water be cold for vasoconstriction or warm so the water moves quickly beneath the gums to reach deeper?

When I use a waterpik daily should the water be cold for vasoconstriction or warm so the water moves quickly beneath the gums to reach deeper?

Room temperature: Never set higher than medium. The important things consistency, use it regularly, and follow a pattern rather than skipping around. ...Read more

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Is the tip of the Waterpik water flosser supposed to be touching me at the edge of my gums or should there be room between the water floss and my gums?

Is the tip of the Waterpik water flosser supposed to be touching me at the edge of my gums or should there be room between the water floss and my gums?

No: Allow a small distance between your gum and the tip of the instrument so the water stream will remain focused. It makes the instrument more effective. That said if you're more comfortable letting it touch it will still do a good job. ...Read more

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I always read you should not use Waterpik after laser gum cleaning. It never says why. I did it once and had minor bleeding Did I make damage? Thanks!

I always read you should not use Waterpik after laser gum cleaning. It never says why. I did it once and had minor bleeding Did I make damage? Thanks!

The #1 recommended: By dental professionals. Provides a unique combination of water pressure and pulsation to massage and stimulate gums, removes debris and bacteria and improves oral and general health. It is always recommended after laser gum cleaning. ...Read more

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I have been using a waterpik unit that I discovered has a pink mold (serratia marcescens?) in the tubing, concerned that I may get a blood infection from using this "infected water" around my gums.

I have been using a waterpik unit that I discovered has a pink mold (serratia marcescens?) in the tubing, concerned that I may get a blood infection from using this "infected water" around my gums.

Throw it out!: It is very hard to be sure the tubing is cleaned out properly. Best to discard the unit and buy a new one. You could try to contact the company to see if you can easily purchase and install new tubing. An excellent water pik is under $60. I would feel more comfortable with a new unit since you do not know what else has been contaminated. Be sure to change your tips every 3-4 months! ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of waterpik or ultrasonic teeth cleaning?

What are the pros and cons of waterpik or ultrasonic teeth cleaning?

It's all good: There really is no con to either of those. Regular waterpik use will help keep you teeth and gums clean and healthy; however, it's not a substitute for flossing. Dental floss is the only way to clean the point at which the teeth physically touch each other. ...Read more

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Gums (Definition)

Gum are the pink soft tissue that forms a collar around our teeth, that collar acts as a gasket of sorts that protects the tooth roots and the bone that ...Read more