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Waterpik produces some of the best water flossers on the market. They have been appreciated by millions and they are highly rated. But, how to use a Waterpik professionally, keeping your oral health on the highest level. Here, we will guide you through the process. Although flossing your teeth with a water flosser is easy, there are a lot of things you should be aware of before starting the actual procedure. Obviously, they will be further explained below.
Choosing The Right Waterpik
Only when you have chosen the best, or better said the most suitable Waterpik water flosser for you, you are able to move to the next part, where we will guide you through more specific processes.
If you ever have any trouble with your Waterpik water flosser, refer to our How to repair a Waterpik guide.
Which Areas of the Teeth Should Be Treated and Why?
Using a Waterpik isn’t a science, but it does require a few guidelines and a few directions. The most important of them all is the basic knowledge where and why you should direct the pressure of the water flosser. Let’s start from the beginning.
Usually, beginners make this mistake. They use water flossers to clean their teeth and tongue. After that, they believe they are done and their teeth are perfectly clean. Actually, this is a mistake, nothing more. The main part of the teeth which must be cleaned at all cost is the area between the teeth. This is the place where bacteria, germs, and debris live and they will be mostly accumulated there, more than on the teeth themselves. As you may know, the main purpose of a water flosser is to replace conventional flossers. Water flossers are usually 3-4 times more effective than traditional ones, and they require less time.
The tongue should be treated as well, although, you will need a separate tip, which isn’t included in the package. Yes, you can use the standard tip, but it is less effective than the special tongue scraper tip!
How To Use a Waterpik Without Making a Mess?
Now, we have come to the part where we will guide you through the process of teeth flossing itself. Keep in mind that all steps are equally important and try not to skip one.
- Fill the reservoir with warm water
Yes, you can use cold water, but it isn’t recommended for sensitive teeth! Warm water also better removes bacteria and plaque, therefore we would recommend it as the best choice. Always fill the reservoir to the max, or you will have to refill it in the middle of the process.
- Select the pressure level
- Place the palm on the PAUSE button
During the process, your thumb should be kept on the pause button. You should keep your lips closed or partially closed, in order to prevent water from escaping from the mouth. We can advise you to keep the mouth closed, make a pause and spit the water. Then, continue with teeth flossing.
- Clean the teeth in general
During this step, you will have to clean the entire teeth. This applies to the both sides and the areas between teeth. Make sure you clean all of them equally and don’t skip a tooth or two. Also, pay a special attention to the area between teeth.
- Clean the gumline
After you have flossed the teeth, hit the pause button and move to the gumline. Always keep the water flosser at 90-degree angle. It provides the best results and it is the most efficient. Important: Gumline should be flossed as a separate quadrant!
After you are done, always remove the water from reservoir. Yes, almost all models are optimized to use the entire reservoir per a single flossing, but if something still remains, remove it.
Important Facts To Consider If You Wear Braces
The second main difference is in the wires you can obviously see. They are like a natural habitat for bacteria and plaque. All you can do is to carefully remove both issues with a water flosser. To do so, move the water flosser slowly over the wiring of a brace. Make sure you also reach all the back and inward elements. We advise you to keep things slow and to pay attention to the rear parts of a brace the most.
Once you are done, inspect the brace for areas which look dirty or with a plaque. If needed, repeat the procedure over those areas only.
Now, you can see the small, metal pieces that press your teeth inward the mouth. They are extremely important to clean! Plaque, bacteria, and germs can stay there and cause severe issues. The only thing to do is to increase the pressure on the Waterpik water flosser to the max and direct the water flow towards them. Circle around each one until all of them are perfectly clean. Here you will be able to see the full advantage of the Orthodontic tip. A classic jet tip is slower, meaning that you will require more time.
Using Additional Waterpik Tips
- Tongue cleaner – It is superb for cleaning the tongue, obviously, and removing the plaque from it. Use it slowly and try to reach all the corners of the tongue. In addition, use it after you have completed the procedure with standard jet tip.
- Toothbrush tip – In essence, this is a mini-toothbrush. It isn’t necessary to use, but we liked it. You will be able to brush the teeth while flossing them at the same time. If you like eating candies, and you probably do, this tip is more than just ideal for you. Using it is the same as using a conventional toothbrush.
Both of these tips are recommended as additional tips for your Waterpik water flosser. They can maximize the effect on flossing and they will make a difference. Ideally, you would use Classic Jet tip paired with these two tips. Obviously, you should use the classic, standard tip the first and then make flossing even better with using these two.
Which Waterpik tip to use? In a case you have a brace, periodontal pockets or dental work done, use corresponding tips. Using is the same as the ones we explained above. Then, you can use one or two of these, additional tips.
Now you know how to use a Waterpik properly and without making any mistakes. As we have mentioned, the entire procedure is simple, but much easier if you know these guidelines. Perhaps they look obvious, but they are essential. With them, your teeth will be healthier, your tongue cleaner and your breath much better. Compared to other alternatives, Waterpik water flossers are superb, in the lack of a better word.