Waterpiks for Your Teeth: Good or Bad?

waterpikIf you’ve been to the dentist in recent years, chances are good that you have noticed a recent change in the instruments used to get the job done. Instead of using a scrapping instrument with a razor sharp point, they are using a highly pressurized stream of water.

Engineers have created a stream of water that can do just as good of a job as the traditional instruments. The water alternative is a much more appealing-looking instrument for clients and it does just as good of a job.

The different shape allows dentists to get a different view of the cleaning area. A genius took that idea, commercialized it, and made it available for the general public to use.

Just as any good invention, it has its pros and cons. Take a look at a couple of the pros first.

Waterpiks are easier to use. They are less bulky than fingers and can reach things faster and easier than floss.

They leave a cool, clean sensation in your mouth. A similar feeling to the one you get after the dentist refreshes your mouth with a cool jet of water after work has been done.

Also, the pik blasts away plaque. It does exactly what you would expect it to do.

It takes some getting used to, but the more you work with it, the better you will get at cleaning your mouth with it on a daily basis. Every good thing has a bad though, and the first bad thing to talk about is the price.

Waterpiks usually cost between $25 and $150. Some that have tried both the expensive and cheap versions have found them to be pretty similar quality.

Purchasing 10 boxes of floss will probably cost you between $10 and $30. Those ten boxes will last you a very long time.

Depending on the brand and quality of your particular model, it’s hard to say that the pik would be worth the price if you’re going for budget. Another nice thing about floss is that you can share a strand or two.

Few people are willing to share their pik with just anyone. Like your toothbrush, it’s a very private oral hygiene product.

You can purchase an additional box of floss, but why by the fancy hardware if you have to buy the string anyway? Purchasing one is purely for the convenience and service it offers.

The dental community hasn’t yet accepted this method as a proper substitute for flossing. It is a helpful cleaner, but the dental community sees it as a supplement for now: an extra bodyguard.

The waterpik is a great way to clean your teeth, providing the calm, comfortable, clean feeling from the dentist. It is not recommended to take it with a grain of salt though, specifically, don’t replace your floss yet and make it a supplemental part of your everyday dental care.

Weigh these pros and cons out in your mind. Perhaps a waterpik will be the newest addition to keeping your teeth looking good.



About The Author: Dr. Paul G Grussenmeyer is a Cherry Hill dentist. He is an active member of the Academy of General Dentistry and embraces the latest technological advances in dentistry.

 

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