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How to Use a Water Flosser

woman using water flosser to clean teeth

If you dislike flossing (and let’s be honest, most people do) then there’s great news: water flossers work just as well — maybe even better — than traditional floss. But that’s only if you use your hydro flosser correctly. When cleaning between your teeth with water, keep a few things in mind:

Trace Your Gumlines

Water flossing can reach down under the margins of your gumlines, where a toothbrush can’t. So, it’s important to point it slightly downward into the gums as you trace across your smile, cleaning areas where bristles may never reach.

Adjust the Pressure

Depending on the model of water flosser that you have, you may have the ability to adjust the pressure of the stream to be weaker or stronger. Experiment with the settings to find one that’s comfortable for you personally.

Play Around with the Temperature

Have sensitive teeth? Try using a warmer temperature rather than straight cold tap water.

It Can Tickle at First

It’s natural for water flossing to feel funny in the beginning. As you use your oral hygiene aid each day, your mouth will gradually grow more accommodated to it. After a week or two, water flossing shouldn’t tickle anymore.

Finally, Clean Between

Most people think of flossing as only cleaning between their teeth, but water flossing does so much more to keep your gums healthy. After you’ve cleaned the margins of your gingiva, point the flosser between your teeth and then downward, into the “pocket” of your gums where teeth come together; there’s one against each tooth, so moving it side to side will ensure better coverage.

You may find that using a hydro flosser helps you significantly lower your risk of gum disease and gingivitis. Schedule a six month check and clean at Port Melbourne Dental Care to see what a difference using a water flosser can make in the health of your smile!