Alternatives to Flossing

Alternatives to Flossing

A waterpik is an oral irrigation system that can be used as an alternative to flossing if used properly. However, the Waterpik is not as effective as flossing.

This system is ideal for people who cannot floss or have orthodontic braces, bridgework, or other difficult-to-reach areas.

A waterpik will significantly reduce the inflammation, bleeding, and bacteria associated with gingivitis by flushing the food and bacteria out from between the teeth.

Our Grande Prairie dentist recommends using the Waterpik® brand, which can be purchased at most pharmacies.

In order for this system to work effectively, one of three things must be added to the water:

Tea Tree Oil. It can be purchased from a health food store or at Costco. Add one drop of 100% tea tree oil for every 100 ml of warm water.

Baking soda (1 tablespoon) can be used, but you must rinse out the machine after each use to prevent the motor from plugging up. The baking soda will crystallize when it dries, preventing the flow of water.

Under the gum, irrigant is available at your dentist’s office.

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