Water flossers are particularly useful for cleaning deep periodontal pockets, between difficult-to-reach teeth, and around dental implants. In fact, it is a preferred oral hygiene method, along with an electric toothbrush.
However, the first few times you use a water flosser may come as a surprise. We won't lie: water flossing can be a little messy until you get the hang of it.
Here are some pointers to help you have a "mess-free" experience when transitioning to using a hydro flosser or Waterpik.
Lean Against the Sink
You're about to spray a stream of water that needs somewhere to go. Plan to lean directly over your sink to avoid spraying water on the counter or spilling it on the floor.
Keep Your Mouth Shut
When using a water flosser, do not close your mouth. All of the water will have to go somewhere. Keep your mouth open while leaning over the sink so that it simply drips back down the drain. If you look straight down into the sink rather than up toward the mirror, the water will not run down your chin.
Begin by Setting the Pressure to Low
When you turn on your water flosser, the pressure is likely to cause some tickling sensations. Most of us were unaware that our mouths could tickle until we first used a water flosser. Keep the pressure low at first, then gradually increase it until you're comfortable. This setting will be different for each person. You'll most likely want it low at first, then medium to medium-high after a few days of practice. The tickling will go away eventually.
Use Room Temperature or Slightly Warm Water
The temperature of the water you're using is critical. Your teeth will be extremely sensitive if it is too hot or cold. Experiment with different temperatures until you find the perfect balance. Begin with warm, room-temperature water. If that's still too cold, try a couple of degrees warmer.
Consider Using It in the Shower
Certain water flosser designs are either portable or can be attached directly to your shower head. In either case, being able to use your water flosser in the shower means there’s practically zero risk of making a mess. Some people even prefer to brush their teeth in the shower. Whatever works for you personally that’s what we recommend sticking with. The key is finding a routine you’re comfortable with and will remember daily.
A Smart Investment in Your Smile
Whether you’re combatting gum disease or caring for dental implants, water flossing is one of the most effective ways to keep your smile clean. Our cosmetic dentist (The Woodlands) highly recommends using a water flosser at least once a day.