The science of oral health
Waterpik explains how its water flossers can help to remove plaque.
Modern dentistry is heavily based on science – only materials, technologies and concepts that have been proven effective by clinical study should be used to treat patients when available. The same meticulousness is applied when recommending products for use by patients at home. Using the research available, professionals are able to ensure every aspect of a patient’s care utilises an evidence-based approach.
The topic of interdental cleaning hit professional and national headlines of late, with some questioning its importance. It all came about when the Associated Press found ‘weak, unreliable and low quality’ scientific evidence for string floss and the US federal government proceeded to remove string flossing from its official dietary guidelines.
Despite lack of solid evidence for flossing, the removal of plaque, bacteria and food debris from interdental spaces remains crucial. Most dental professionals will therefore agree that effective interdental adjuncts in home care routines continue to be important for maintenance of good oral health.
As string floss doesn’t seem to be the answer for many people, what else is available to recommend to patients?
A clinically proven solution
With nearly 70 clinical studies published supporting its safety and effectiveness over the past 50 years, the Waterpik Water Flosser is a great addition to every patient’s daily oral health routine. It is scientifically proven to be:
- Effective at removing up to 99.9% of plaque from treated areas with a three second application (Gorur et al, 2009)
- Up to 50% more effective at reversing gingivitis, up to 93% more effective for reducing bleeding and can remove up to 29% more plaque than string floss (Barnes et al, 2005; Goyal et al, 2013)
- More effective at removing plaque (Lyle et al, 2016) and reducing gingival bleeding (Goyal et al, 2016) than interdental brushes
- Significantly more effective at improving oral health than the Sonicare Air Floss Pro (Goyal et al, 2015).
Convenience and ease of use
In addition to its proven effectiveness, the Waterpik Water Flosser is also designed to be easy to use. Take the Waterpik Ultra Professional Water Flosser as an example – it features on/off water control on the ergonomic handle, an LED information panel and up to seven Water Flosser Tips designed to suit different patients and help them reach all areas of their mouths. The innovative pulse-modulation technology maximises plaque removal in floss mode, while enhanced gum stimulation and circulation are achieved in Hydro-Pulse Massage Mode. Helping patients optimise their routines, the one-minute timer with 30-second pacer ensures adequate time is spent in each quadrant of the mouth.
For those needing a more comprehensive solution, the new Waterpik Complete Care is ideal. It combines the power of the high-end Sensonic Professional Plus toothbrush with a Waterpik Water Flosser for a truly superior clean.
For added convenience, the new Waterpik Cordless Freedom and Express Water Flossers are battery operated and easily portable – perfect for smaller bathrooms or for use while travelling. Both models come with a travel bag and a travel plug to prevent leakage during transport and their completely waterproof casings mean they can even be used in the shower.
Suitable for everyone
Further still, the water flosser can be used by all of your patients, whether they are undergoing orthodontic, implant, periodontic or endodontic treatment. In fact, the Waterpik Water Flosser has been shown to be up to three times as effective for removing plaque around braces (Sharma et al, 2008) and twice as effective for improving gum health around implants (Magnuson et al, 2013), compared to string floss.
Find out more
To find out more about the Waterpik Water Flosser models available, why not arrange a lunch and learn session with one of our professional educators? They will come to your practice to provide demonstrations and give you and your team all the information you need to have complete confidence in recommending these proven adjuncts to your patients. And last but not least, they will provide a wonderful lunch for everybody who attends as well.
For more information on Waterpik International, Inc please visit www.waterpik.co.uk. Waterpik products are available from Amazon, Costco UK and Superdrug stores across the UK and Ireland.
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