Waterpik

Waterpik is great for people with:

Braces
There are a number of steps involved in caring for teeth with braces. The first is removing plaque and is primarily done with a toothbrush. A manual toothbrush works well if it is properly used, but individuals with brackets and other fixed orthodontic devices may find it easier to use a power or sonic toothbrush. But even a sonic toothbrush can't remove all the plaque because there remain some areas that can't be reached, so other tools may be needed. Flossing is difficult without braces and increases in difficulty when working around the brackets. Although, with practice, it can be done, an easier and more effective way to clean between the teeth and under the gums is a Waterpik® dental water jet oral irrigator with the new orthodontic tip. The tip is designed with a tapered brush on the end that helps remove the plaque that sticks to the brackets and between the teeth while also flushing the bacteria and food debris from around teeth and under the gums.

Crowns/Bridges/Veneers
Some dental work such as a bridge or implants can be very difficult to clean. The Waterpik® dental water jet oral irrigator is designed to clean around all types of dental work and restorations. The pulsating action helps clean under the bridge and around crowns where bacteria and food can get trapped.

Implants - Dental implants need to be cleaned and cared for just like your natural teeth. Plaque and bacteria can form around an implant causing inflammation known as peri-implantitis. Daily cleaning of all the surfaces above and below the gum line is very important. A manual, power or sonic toothbrush with soft bristles can be used to clean above the gum line. The Waterpik® dental water jet oral irrigator with the Pik Pocket ® subgingival irrigation tip is ideal for cleaning below the gum line. The soft tip of the Pik Pocket® tip is placed slightly under the gum line and the gentle pulsations of water of antimicrobial agent flush out the bacteria and food debris.


Gingivitis
By following a comprehensive home care routine, gingivitis can be prevented or reversed. Adding a Waterpik® dental water jet oral irrigator to your daily routine is one of the fastest and most effective ways available to healthier gums. Invented by a dentist, Waterpik® dental water jets have been clinically shown to have the best combination of pulsation and pressure to clean where brushing and flossing can't reach. The most destructive bacteria hide deep and the Waterpik® dental water jet can reach between the teeth and below the gumline to remove the bad bacteria and help keep the gums healthy.


Diabetes
More than 20 million people in the US suffer from diabetes. Type 2 diabetes becomes more common as people age, afflicting one in five people aged 60 and older. Diabetes can affect many parts of the body, including your mouth. Studies show that having diabetes increases your chances of having gum disease and that people with diabetes may get gum disease earlier and it may be more severe. If you have diabetes or are a caregiver for someone who does, it's important to have regular dental exams and cleanings and take good care of your teeth at home. The Waterpik® dental water jet oral irrigator is one of few home care products tested on people with diabetes. It's ideal for diabetes oral health and to add to brushing because it has been found to improve the gums of people with diabetes by significantly reducing plaque, bleeding, and gingivitis better than brushing and flossing alone.


Pregnancy
Pregnancy creates many changes in a woman's body including in the mouth. It is always important to keep your teeth clean but especially at this time. During pregnancy, hormonal fluctuations can impact your response to the bacteria in dental plaque, increasing the risk and severity of gum disease. This can be prevented by using a Waterpik® dental water jet oral irrigator daily. It's one of the fastest and most effective things you can do for yourself to keep your teeth clean and your gums healthy.

Recently researchers have studied the impact of gum disease on the mother on the unborn child. Some studies have shown a link in the number of premature births or low birth weight babies but more research is needed at this time to establish a cause and effect relationship. Still, this relationship emphasizes the importance of good oral hygiene. Developing good dental hygiene will help you during pregnancy and establish positive habits after your child is born to prevent oral disease in infancy, childhood, adolescence and into adulthood.

Plaque & Periodontal (Gum) Disease
Gum diseases can be prevented by reducing your risk and practicing good dental hygiene. Adding a Waterpik® dental water jet oral irrigator to your daily oral care is one of the fastest and most effective ways to have healthier gums. Invented by a dentist, Waterpik® dental water jets have been clinically shown to have the best combination of pulsation and pressure to clean where brushing and flossing can't reach. The most destructive bacteria hide deep and the Waterpik® dental water jet can reach between the teeth and below the gumline to remove the bad bacteria and help keep the gums healthy.


Smoking
Smoking is a major risk factor for developing gum disease. People who smoke are four times more likely to have gum disease than non-smokers. The heavier you smoke, the more likely you are to have a more severe case of gum disease. People who continue to smoke while being treated for periodontitis, will have only 50%-75% of the healing response of non-smokers. If you smoke, the most important thing you can do for yourself and your family is to stop. Quitting smoking cannot reverse the past damage done to your teeth, but the disease process slows down significantly and your response to treatment is similar to someone who has never smoked. If you have periodontal disease due to current or past smoking, then you need to consider adding a Waterpik® dental water jet oral irrigator to your daily routine. Studies have shown that people who have been previously treated for periodontal disease who added a Waterpik® dental water jet to their daily routine had greater reductions in bleeding and gingivitis than those who did not.


Bad Breath
Bad breath is not just embarrassing socially, but it may also be a sign of other conditions including gum disease. Bacteria that cause gum disease live below the gumline and can produce a volatile sulfur compound, which is an agent often responsible for bad breath. These bacteria also cause inflammation, but because it's below the gumline it can't be seen and is often not felt. The inflammation may make bad breath worse. If you suffer from bad breath, the first step is to see your dental professional. They may recommend that you use a dental water jet (also known as an oral irrigator). The Waterpik® dental water jet has been shown to disrupt bacteria that live deep beneath the gumline to reduce the bleeding caused from periodontal inflammation.


Children & Adolescents 
Gum disease is common in children and adolescents. It's generally caused by poor dental care and plaque removal for reasons such as crowded teeth, braces, or coordination that is not fully developed. This can be an issue at any age, particularly with boys. Since it's easier to use than floss, the Waterpik® dental water jet may be especially beneficial for children. The Waterpik® dental water jet can reach areas that children with braces or crowded teeth often miss with tooth brushing alone. Having braces often means swollen and tender gums and tissue. The massaging action of the dental water jets can be a gentle yet effective way of reducing this discomfort. Newer, state-of-the-art models feature tips such as the new Orthodontic Tip, designed to simultaneously brush and rinse hard to reach areas around braces and other dental work.



USC Plaque Removal Study

Waterpik® Dental Water Jet removes 99.9% of Plaque Biofilm
After a 3 second application the Waterpik Dental Water Jet was proven to remove 99.9% of plaque biofilm from extracted teeth. The study is published in the Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry.
A key measure of an effective home care product is its ability to remove plaque biofilm. The Waterpik® dental water jet has been tested and proven to remove plaque biofilm since the early 1970s. However, traditional measures of detecting plaque biofilm by staining and viewing with the naked eye only provide a cursory view, limited to the visible tooth surface and not interproximal or subgingival areas. To better understand plaque biofilm removal, a new level of science is needed.
The study recently conducted at the University of Southern California, School of Dentistry with renowned biofilm expert Dr. Bill Costerton, evaluated the removal of plaque biofilm with a Waterpik® dental water jet using a scanning electron microscope. Periodontally involved teeth with existing plaque were extracted, and then processed to accelerate biofilm growth. The teeth were then subjected to a 3-second treatment with the Waterpik® dental water jet. Viewing the teeth under the highly sensitive microscope, the researchers were able to see far more than with traditional measures. The microscope revealed that 99.9% of the plaque biofilm was removed by the Waterpik® dental water jet treatment.1
This new finding builds on over 50 clinical studies that demonstrate the Waterpik® dental water jet is safe and extremely effective in promoting good oral health. In fact, it is the device of choice for patients who will not or cannot floss, demonstrating superior results for bleeding and gingivitis. It is ideal for most patients providing them with a device that is easy to use and effective even in the most difficult to access areas.
To view the full study report, please go to www.compendiumlive.com

“The results were almost impossible for me to believe the first time through,” commented. “One of the difficulties with plaque biofilm is that you really can’t see it, it’s clear. So we didn’t have visual evidence of complete removal. But now with these direct methods, the scanning electron microscopy, you apply the Waterpik to plaque on a surface of a tooth and you look with a scanning scope and it’s gone. It’s simply gone. And that’s unequivocal and unarguable.”

Dr. Bill Costerton - Founding Director
USC Center for Bioflims

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