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Water Picks and Flossing

If you’ve ever seen someone use a water pick, it is definitely an interesting sight. A water pick is a handheld device that uses a tube to spit water into your mouth to help dislodge food or bacteria from difficult to reach corners and massage the gums to promote blood flow.

But how do you know if you need a water pick? If you’re considering purchasing a water pick for your household, here are a few things you need to know.

What is a Water Pick?

A water pick is a product that should be used in conjunction with your typical brushing and flossing. Also known as an oral irrigator, a water pick only uses water to help flush away trapped food or bacteria from between your teeth or in the hard to reach crevices in the back of your mouth.

Children or teenagers with braces can get the most benefit from using a water pick. Because children who have not had orthodontic treatment or are still growing in their adult teeth tend to have more gaps for food to get trapped in, a water pick can help keep those areas clear and clean.

Individuals with braces can also benefit from using a water pick. The water acts like a mini-pressure washer to clean difficult areas such as those around the wires and brackets of braces.

If you have sensitive teeth or find flossing too uncomfortable, you may also want to consider using a water pick. Although you will see the best results if you both floss and use a water pick, a water pick can make a great alternative for diabetics, individuals with bridges, or older individuals who may struggle to floss effectively.

Choosing a Water Pick

There are many different kinds of water picks out there, including home systems and portable picks. Under most circumstances, a water pick for home use is most effective because you can adjust the pressure of the water. However, a portable water pick can also be beneficial.

Water picks make a great addition to a complete oral hygiene routine, including regular brushing, flossing, and visits to the dentist. If you’re due for a tooth cleaning, contact Dr. Anderson’s Kansas City, MO cosmetic dentistry office to schedule an appointment.

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