A Water flosser, also known as a c, is a device found in most dentist’s offices that has recently become a popular option for home use. It is more effective and easier to use than string floss. Some patients with severe gum and tooth disorders from poor brushing habits have reported a complete turnaround in their dental health after purchasing this device. By doing your research and understanding how to operate a Waterpik, you can be on your way to excellent oral health in no time.
Part 1.Purchasing your Waterpik
- The classic jet tip, included in all Waterpik models, will provide a steady flow that is ideal for direct application to the gums and teeth.
- The toothbrush tip allows you to brush your teeth with a steady flow of water coming through the center of the brush, improving the quality of your brushing.
- The plaque seeker tip is ideal around crowns, bridges, and implants.
- The orthodontic tip is ideal for dental braces. It will remove plaque and debris from around brackets and under wires which are hard to reach with floss and other methods.
- The pik pocket tip removes plaque deep within periodontal pockets. This is ideal for people who have chronic periodontitis.
Part 2.Cleaning with the Waterpik
1.Fill the water reservoir. The reservoir is the large water container. It should have a removable top where it can easily be refilled.
- Use lukewarm water. Don’t use water that is uncomfortably hot.
- Add a small cup of chlorhexidine mouthwash twice a week to create a sterile environment. Do not use salt water as you may block the pipes of the Waterpik.
2.Select the right tip. Choose the tip that works best for you. The options are the classic jet tip, the toothbrush tip, the plaque seeker tip, the orthodontic tip and the pik pocket tip.
- Lean over the sink so you don’t splash water on your countertop.
- You can either start with the outside of the teeth or the inside, but make sure you spray every interdental area where a regular brush can’t reach
5.Turn on the unit. There will be either an on-button or a dial that adjusts the water pressure. Start with the low pressure setting. Increase the water pressure as you go along to a rate that is comfortable.
6.Follow your gum line. Go tooth by tooth to ensure you get everything. Aim for the top of the tooth, the baseline of the gum and the space between each tooth.
- Trace both from behind your teeth and from the front. Essentially, you’ll be making four passes to reach the front and back of both and bottom rows.
- Hold the Waterpik for about two second over each tooth.
- The entire process should last for about two minutes but take your time to rinse if you feel like it.
7.Empty the reservoir. You should pour out any remaining water. Leaving stale water in the reservoir can cause bacteria to grow.
Part 3.Troubleshooting your Waterpik
1.Use the instruction manual. Each Waterpik unit comes with an instruction manual. If you lose it, you can download another copy on the Waterpik website
2.Buy replacement parts. The Waterpik is an elaborate device with several parts that can break and require replacement. The Waterpik website includes a section where tips, accessories and replacement parts are available for sale separate from the main units.
- You should replace the tips every three to six month
3.Fix a drop in water pressure. A common issue is that the device sometimes loses water pressure. You can attempt to fix this issue before having to replace the device.
- Ensure the black valve in the reservoir tank is inserted with the dome side facing up and the four-pronged side facing down.
- Fill the reservoir at least half full to support pressure. Confirm that the unit is plugged into a fully functioning electrical outlet.
- Regularly clean the unit by adding a few teaspoons of vinegar or chlorhexidine mouthwash to a full reservoir of warm water. Then drain the reservoir through the handle into the sink until it is empty.
- Remove the black rubber valve from the water tank by pushing it out from the bottom. Run the valve under warm water and massage with your fingers.
- Return the valve to the tank. Ensure the dome side is facing up and the four-prong side is showing on the bottom.
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