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

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Dr. John Thaler
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
6 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. John Thaler
Dr. John Thaler
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management
2 doctors agree

In brief: Effective

It takes only a minute a day, making it easy to improve your oral health, general health and enjoy the cleanest, freshest mouth possible.
Keep up a good job!

In brief: Effective

It takes only a minute a day, making it easy to improve your oral health, general health and enjoy the cleanest, freshest mouth possible.
Keep up a good job!
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Signal

If it hurts it's a signal that you have a periodontal (gum) problem. Water pik's are a marvelous adjunct to dental health, reducing inflammation, removing food debris, toning up gum tissue, and disrupting harmful bacterial plaque.
First, use a lower setting, less force. Second, have your teeth/gums examined for gum disease, preferably by a periodontist, a gum specialist. Ask dentist to refer.

In brief: Signal

If it hurts it's a signal that you have a periodontal (gum) problem. Water pik's are a marvelous adjunct to dental health, reducing inflammation, removing food debris, toning up gum tissue, and disrupting harmful bacterial plaque.
First, use a lower setting, less force. Second, have your teeth/gums examined for gum disease, preferably by a periodontist, a gum specialist. Ask dentist to refer.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. Thomas Davis
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Water Pik

The water pik is excellent for cleaning teeth.
It creates a turbulent force around the neck or gum line of the tooth. Use caution on the angle of the water tip. It should be 90 degrees to the gum line. Pulsating the water jet "into"where the gum meets the tooth at a 45 degree angle will eventually cause pain and gum inflammation . Have your dental hygienist demonstrate.

In brief: Water Pik

The water pik is excellent for cleaning teeth.
It creates a turbulent force around the neck or gum line of the tooth. Use caution on the angle of the water tip. It should be 90 degrees to the gum line. Pulsating the water jet "into"where the gum meets the tooth at a 45 degree angle will eventually cause pain and gum inflammation . Have your dental hygienist demonstrate.
Dr. Thomas Davis
Dr. Thomas Davis
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In brief: Great aid

It does an excellent job getting into hard to reach areas.
Try the lowest setting and work your way up from there. You may have sensitive teeth, try using toothpaste for sensitive teeth for awhile first. Talk to your dentist.

In brief: Great aid

It does an excellent job getting into hard to reach areas.
Try the lowest setting and work your way up from there. You may have sensitive teeth, try using toothpaste for sensitive teeth for awhile first. Talk to your dentist.
Dr. Hetesh Ranchod -- Dr. Ranch
Dr. Hetesh Ranchod -- Dr. Ranch
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Dr. Kamlesh Desai
Family Medicine

In brief: Excellent

Rey tsp of bleach in waterpik container of water helps even more.

In brief: Excellent

Rey tsp of bleach in waterpik container of water helps even more.
Dr. Kamlesh Desai
Dr. Kamlesh Desai
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Dr. Steven Saunders
Internal Medicine

In brief: Great

Great way to floss. Try the lowest pressure setting.

In brief: Great

Great way to floss. Try the lowest pressure setting.
Dr. Steven Saunders
Dr. Steven Saunders
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