Water picks are typically used as a substitute for dental flossing. They are especially helpful to those who suffer from periodontal disease and those patients of ours undergoing orthodontic treatment with full-bracketed braces.
Water picks use powerful tiny bursts of water to dislodge food scraps, bacteria, and other debris nestled in the crevices of your mouth. Children undergoing orthodontic treatment may find using a water pick is easier and more comforting than using the bristle picks, which tend to get caught on their wires or brackets.
If you have sensitive teeth or gums and find it uncomfortable to use dental floss, water picks are a good alternative to reduce discomfort while effectively cleaning between teeth. Diabetics sometimes prefer water picks to regular dental floss because they don’t cause bleeding of the gums, which can be a problem with floss. If you have a permanent bridge, crowns, or other dental restoration, you may find that a water pick helps you keep the area around the restorations clean.
Water picks are designed to dislodge any elements or remains along with bacteria you might have missed when brushing. They also gently massage the gums, which helps promote blood flow in the gums and keeps them healthy. Water picks are very helpful in fighting gingivitis and other periodontal diseases. Keep in mind they should not be used a the primary source for removing plaque, which is why Dr. Mark Washburn and our team at Romie Lane Dentist want to remind you that bi-annual cleanings and check-up are important to your overall oral health.
So how do you choose the right water pick?
Water picks are available for home or on the go. The home versions tend to be larger and use standard electrical outlets, while portable models use batteries. Aside from the size difference, they work in the same manner, both using pulsating water streams. A more crucial difference between water picks is the ability to adjust the pressure. Most home models will let you choose from several pressure settings, depending on how sensitive your teeth and gums are. Most portable models have only one pressure setting. If you want to use mouthwash or a dental rinse in your water pick, check the label first; some models suggest using water only.
Please give us a call at office, located right here on Romie Lane, in Salinas, Ca. If you have any questions about water picks, or any other dental hygiene matter, please ask Dr. Mark Washburn during your next visit!