What is a Water Pick? | Do I Need one in 2020 | FAST FACTS

Water picks (water pik brand) sometimes called “oral irrigators or a Water flosser,” make an excellent addition to your regular home care regimen of brushing and flossing. They are especially helpful to those who suffer from periodontal disease and those patients who are undergoing orthodontic treatment with traditional full-bracketed braces. In this post, we’ll show you what a Water Pick is and why it isn’t dental floss and how to use it. Let’s get cracking.


People also ask

  1. Is a Waterpik as good as flossing?
  2. Which is the best Waterpik to buy?
  3. Do you use a Waterpik before or after brushing?
  4. Can Waterpik damage your teeth or gums?


Clinically Proven Results

Waterpik® oral health products are clinically proven to provide significant oral health benefits:

  • Improve gum health
  • Remove plaque and bacteria
  • Reach areas that you can’t get to with a toothbrush or string floss

The Waterpik® Water Flosser also addresses specific dental needs including cleaning braces and orthodontics, treating periodontal pockets, and cleaning implants and work such as crowns, bridges, and veneers.


What are the Benefits of a Water Pick?

Water picks use powerful tiny bursts of water to dislodge

  1. Food scraps
  2. Bacteria,
  3. Other debris nestled in the crevices of your mouth.

Children undergoing orthodontic treatment may find using one is beneficial if their toothbrush bristles tend to get caught on their wires or brackets. When you floss with a water flosser, you’re not only dislodging any particles or debris and bacteria you might have missed when brushing, you are also gently massaging the gums. This helps to promote blood flow in the gums and keeps them healthy.


Are Water Picks as Effective as Flossing?

While water flossers are an excellent addition to your daily fight against gingivitis and other periodontal diseases, they are incapable of fully removing plaque, which is why Dr. Kyle Childers and our team at Childers Orthodontics want to remind you to keep brushing and flossing every day. Oral health needs effective effort first of all. A teeth flosser product helps alongside a toothbrush product.




If you have sensitive teeth or gums and find it uncomfortable to floss daily, water picks are a good alternative to reduce discomfort, while effectively cleaning between teeth. Diabetics sometimes prefer water flossers to dental flossing because they don’t cause bleeding of the gums, which can be a problem with floss. If you have a permanent bridge, crowns, or other dental restoration, you may find that a water flosser helps you keep the area around the restorations clean and free of gum disease. Oral health has a new best friend.

So, how do you Choose the Right Water Pick?

Finally, they are products available for home or portable use. The home versions tend to be larger and use standard electrical outlets while portable models use batteries. Aside from the size difference, they work in the same manner, both using pulsating water streams. A more crucial difference between devices is the ability to adjust the pressure. Most home models will let you choose from several pressure settings, depending on how sensitive your teeth and gums are. Most portable models have only one pressure setting.


Accordingly, if you want to use mouthwash or a dental rinse in your device, check the label first; some models suggest using water only. Please give us a call or visit us at our Benton, Harrisburg or Herrin, IL office if you have any questions about anything oral health, Dr. Childers is more than happy to answer your questions.

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Childers Orthodontics

201 West Washington

Benton, IL 62812

Phone: (618) 438-2815

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