In the following conditions, water floss may be an alternative or even a suitable candidate for you. If you have red spongy gums, bleeding gums, you have done any deep cleaning or you have deep periodontal pocket; or you’re wearing braces or you have done wearing bases but you are wearing a fixed retainer inside a mouth; or you have any crown, bridges or even dental implants inside your mouth; or you’re a diabetic patient; or you have heavy plaque surrounding your teeth; or you’re having a set of healthy teeth but you just want to be proactive cleaning your teeth. Then you may find a water floss suitable for you!
How to use a water floss?
Follow the instructions to fill up the water floss with water before attaching the tip. Personally I recommend to use the lukewarm water instead of the icy cold water. But the lukewarm water shouldn’t be more than 45 degrees. Because if you use the freezing cold water, it might trigger the sensitivity in your teeth. Then you assemble the nozzle or the tip of the water floss. Before you start, think of the floss order that you want to clean your teeth. So you can start from the upper right then you move on to the upper left and continue the lower left and lastly to the lower right.
Have you experienced the water splashing around your body or your surroundings when using the water floss? There are some ways to help you to prevent this from happening. What you can do is that you need to put the nozzle inside your mouth and close your lips but with the corner of the mouth slightly open.
Start from last back tooth from the upper right. Angle the tip 90 degree to tooth surface and not into the periodontal pocket and press the ‘ON’ button. Pause a while when you reach the gap in between the teeth to clean out any debris that’s stuck in. Then move on to the next adjacent front tooth. Feel the jets of water splashing around your teeth especially the areas where the food gets stuck inside.
If you’re a beginner it’s advisable to start from the lowest water pressure which is gentler to your teeth and gums. Once you are used to the water pressure then you can move on to higher water pressure. Do note that the higher water pressure may damage your gums and shouldn’t direct the tip of the nozzle into the pocket. You should direct them 90 degrees.
Once you are done cleaning the outer surface of the teeth then you can move on to clean the inner surface of the teeth. Continue this motion until you feel all the areas around the teeth are clean. After you are done cleaning, check again for any food debris that stuck in between the teeth, the braces, crown, bridges or even implants.
Even after using water floss you still have to use the regular floss or the normal toothbrush to clean your teeth.