Amazon product: Waterpik WP-660 Aquarius Professional Water Flosser, White
As a dental hygienist that regularly deals with severe periodontal disease cases, I have to say that there isn’t a dental aid I like more than the waterpik. If a person has periodontal disease (infection of the bone and gums in their mouth), what I do is something called non-surgical periodontal therapy where I bring patients in for multiple appoinments with freezing and clean their teeth with special scalers called ultrasonic scalers. The people that buy the waterpik (which I always encourage them to do) and use it regularly, their mouth’s turn into newborn baby’s mouths. The tissue becomes so incredibly healthy, it’s as if there was never any periodontal disease to begin with in the person’s mouth. I’ve had patient’s whose bleeding index can decrease from 95% to 0-5% in 3 months, something not possible with flossing and brushing alone. | The people with severe periodontal disease for whom I also do non-surgical periodontal therapy and chose NOT to buy a waterpik, usually get around 50-70% resolution in their mouths initially. And a few months later when I see them again, down to 30-50% resolution and by the end of the year, they’re back to where they started from. I usually tell my patients, if we do this deep cleaning (which costs close to $1000 if you’re paying out of pocket) and you chose not to buy a waterpik, you’re really wasting your time and money. | If I can say one thing to anybody suffering from bad gingival health, do yourself the greatest favour you can, and buy a waterpik. | Some tips: | For the people having problems with them being too messy, my advice is to bend over the sink when you’re using it – DO NOT try to look in the mirror to see what you’re doing, otherwise you’ll get everything wet. Once you’re bent over the sink, keep your mouth as closed as you can on the tip (while still allowing the water to come out) and go by feel! You should simply move the tip along the gumline and stop 1-2 seconds between the teeth to flush those areas out. | If you can’t feel where you are, turn up the power! The rule of thumb is to go with the highest power you can before it starts to hurt, but don’t go past 8-9. As your gums heal, you should be able to keep bringing the power up. | For the people that are having problems with the waterpik dripping out from the bottom of the water tank once they’ve filled it, simply push the little black rubber piece at the bottom of the tank down with your finger BEFORE filling it up with water. That way you won’t get the dripping. | For the people trying to decide whether to buy the 660 Aquarius model or the older 100 Ultra model, they do the same work but the newer Aquarius model is easier to use since the older model has a “pause” button on the handle that you have to press down pretty hard before turning on the power, otherwise the waterpik will squirt water everywhere. The Aquarius has an “on and off” button on the handle which makes it easier to use. If you have kids, DO NOT buy the older Ultra model as it will be much more difficult for them to use and they will make a huge mess everywhere! | Disclaimer: I do NOT work for the company that makes waterpiks, I am a registered dental hygienist that really believes in this item, since it’s made my work exponentially easier with patients that have severe periodontal disease. Also, if you have severe periodontal disease, simply using this instrument without a deep scaling will NOT give you gingival health. You will have to see a qualified dental hygienist so they can scale deep under your gums and remove the hard CALCIFIED tartar/calculus off your teeth first! No waterpik, electric toothbrush, rinsing etc will help you if you don’t! Once the hard tartar is removed, then you can start to flush the deep pockets left behind daily and you will see gums become healthy. | If anyone has any questions, please ask and I’ll be happy to answer!