The most important area of your mouth to clean is in-between your teeth. This is the first place bacterial plaque will form, and it is also the hardest to keep clean. Dental floss has long been the standard, but waterflossers like Waterpik actually clean better than floss. I find them easier and more enjoyable to use than floss too.
Waterpik makes several types of waterflossers including some just for kids.
Waterpik Ultra Water Flosser, since it holds a good amount of liquid and It feels like you have more control over the water pressure than the cordless Waterpiks.
Here are the step by step instructions I use to keep
my teeth and gums healthy.
Fill the water reservoir to the maximum allowable level with warm water, so hopefully you don't have refill in the middle of cleaning. Warm water is going to be much more comfortable especially if you have sensitive teeth. The water in the line might be cold if it has been sitting out, so you might need to flush the line too. Set the pressure dial to High Pressure (at least 8) with the Classic Jet Tip attachment. If your gums are inflammed the high pressure might feel like too much the first few times you use it, so find a comfortable level and gradually work your way up.
Make sure you thumb is on the 'pause' button when you turn it on. To avoid splashing, clean while slightly closing your lips and letting the water run out of your mouth into the sink, or while keeping you mouth totally closed and pause to spit out the water from time to time.
It doesn't matter if you start on the top or bottom teeth, but make sure you clean both the cheek/lip side of the teeth and the tongue side. I like to start in the back and work my way around each arch.
Place the tip at a 90 Degree angle to your teeth. Pause for a few seconds between teeth before sweeping along the gumline to the next area. Having the Waterpik on high power will flush things out nicely.
Instructions for Braces :
The Orthodontic Tip & Plaque Seeker Tip are great for cleaning right around each bracket where bacteria can hide. However, you will still need to clean in-between your teeth and gums as described above
Also don't forget to change the attachments
every few months.
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