What is a WaterPik & How Can It Help Keep Braces Clean?

Posted on Aug 25, 2011

What is a WaterPik & How Can It Help Keep Braces Clean?

Dental care in Vancouver is essential but can be costly if you do not have dental insurance. However, if you are able to take good care of your teeth with proper brushing and flossing techniques, you will likely only need to visit the team at HGS Ortho for regular checkups and cleanings.

Proper oral hygiene is crucial to maintain healthy teeth and gums. If you do not take proper care of your smile, it may result in a filling, root canal, or even dental implants to replace a lost tooth.

Taking care of teeth is especially important for patients with braces. Brushing and flossing can be a battle for children and adults who do not have the patience to properly maintain their smile.

Many patients have expressed interest in using a WaterPik, which is a popular alternative for flossing. The WaterPik helps to remove food bits from between teeth, but does it work better than traditional flossing methods?

The main advantages of a WaterPik focus on the ease and maneuverability of the tool. However, the WaterPik is not as effective as using floss. Water is not able to penetrate the spaces between teeth that are crowded together, preventing the proper removal of food and plaque.

So, is a WaterPik as effective at cleaning between teeth as dental flossing? The answer, unfortunately, is no. Nonetheless, a WaterPik is helpful for removing large pieces of food between teeth while wearing braces. Dental patients are advised to maintain a regular flossing schedule rather than replacing the traditional method with a WaterPik.

For more information on proper dental flossing techniques or to book an appointment, contact Dr. Geoffery Smith at HGS Ortho today.