In this post from Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove, we’re looking at the water flosser, also known as interdental cleaner, interdental irrigator, or water jet. This can be an effective addition to your dental health regimen.
The first water-shooting device for cleaning between teeth was created in the early 1960’s by a dentist and an engineer. The gadget is now known by the brand name Waterpik, though many people use the term generically. Since its origin, several other companies have entered the market with similar products. (We do not necessarily endorse any specific brand.)
A water irrigation device oscillates a stream of water through a small, targeted tube to shoot out fragments of food and plaque from around and between teeth. To use it, you put the tube into your mouth, turn it on, and then lean over the sink with your mouth slightly open to let the water drain out as you direct the stream around the gumline, halting briefly at each gap between teeth.
There have been over 65 studies confirming the safety and efficacy of water flossing for tartar reduction, plaque removal, bleeding reduction, inflammation reduction, and gingivitis care.
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