The science of oral health

waterpikWaterpik explains why using a water flosser could help you to maintain your oral health.

Modern dentistry is heavily based on science – only materials, technologies and products that have been proven effective by clinical study should be used to treat patients when available. Using the research available, professionals are able to ensure every aspect of a patient’s care utilises an evidence-based approach.

Despite lack of solid evidence for string 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)
  • 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.

Convenience and ease of use

In addition to its proven effectiveness, the Waterpik water flosser is also easy to use. Take the Waterpik Ultra Professional Water Flosser – it features on/off water control on the ergonomic handle, a LED information panel, 30-second pacer and up to seven water flosser tips. The innovative pulse-modulation technology maximises plaque removal in floss mode, while enhanced gum stimulation and circulation are achieved in hydro-pulse massage mode.

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.

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!


Barnes CM, Russell CM, Reinhardt RA, Payne JB and Lyle DM (2005) Comparison of irrigation to floss as an adjunct to tooth brushing: effect on bleeding, gingivitis, and supragingival plaque. J Clin Dent 16(3): 71-7

Gorur A, Lyle DM, Schaudinn C and Costerton JW (2009) Biofilm removal with a dental water jet. Compend Contin Ed Dent 30: 1-6

Goyal CR, Lyle DM, Qaqish JG and Schuller R (2013) Evaluation of the plaque removal efficacy of a water flosser compared to string floss in adults after a single use. J Clin Dent 24: 37-42

Goyal CR, Lyle DM, Qaqich JG and Schuller R (2015) The Waterpik Water Flosser: Significantly More Effective than Sonicare Ait Floss Pro for Improving Gum Health. J Clin Dental 26: 55 – 60

Goyal CR, Lyle DM, Qaqish, JG and Schuller R (2016) Comparison of water flosser and interdental brush on reduction of gingival bleeding and plaque: a randomized controlled pilot study. J Clin Dent 27: 61-5

Lyle DM, Goyal JG, Qaqish JG and Schuller R (2016) Comparison of water flosser and interdental brush on plaque removal: a single-use pilot study. J Clin Dent 27: 23-6

Magnuson B, Harsono M, Stark PC, Lyle D, Kugel G and Perry R (2013) Comparison of the effect of two interdental cleaning devices around implants on the reduction of bleeding: A 30-day randomized clinical trial. Compend of Contin Ed in Dent 34 (Special Issue 8): 2-7

Sharma NC, Lyle DM, Qaqish JG, Galustians J and Schuller R (2008) Effect of a dental water jet with orthodontic tip on plaque and bleeding in adolescent patients with fixed orthodontic appliances Am J Ortho Dentofacial Orthop 133(4): 565-71

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