The dental irrigator is a device that assists in dental care. The dental irrigator consists of applying a jet of water under pressure on the teeth and gums in order to wash away the bacterial plaque, clean the gums and help eliminate the food debris accumulated between the teeth.
The oral irrigator is mainly indicated for those patients who want to carry out complete oral hygiene. It is highly recommended especially for people with dental implants and orthodontics, as it allows the elimination of food debris and bacterial plaque accumulated in small spaces that are difficult to access with the normal brush.
Likewise, it is recommended in diabetic patients, as this disease is highly related to a periodontal disease known as periodontitis, with which they have to be very insistent with their oral hygiene.
Instructions for use of the Waterpik dental irrigator
Before starting to use the oral irrigator, it is advisable to read the instruction guide provided by the product brand.
First, you must select the jet or tip of the irrigator and insert it into the handle. There are different tips for different uses, which the patient chooses according to their needs.
It is important to check that there is a good fit between the handle and the selected tip.
The next step is to fill the tank with warm water, or cold water directly.
The first time you use an oral irrigator, it is advisable to start with a low pressure, and little by little, to be able to progressively increase it to a comfortable level, which does not cause any discomfort to the user.
Once the tip has been inserted into the handle and the tank has been filled, the Waterpik device is switched on. It is recommended to insert the tip at a 90 degree angle over the teeth.
Its use consists of passing the tip gently and slowly over the spaces between the teeth. It is advisable to first clean the front of the mouth and progressively move towards the back.
To finish completing the cleaning, it is advisable to insist on the areas where there is more accumulation of dirt and massage the gums a little.
Finally, the irrigator water reservoir and tip should be washed and dried after use.
The whole process should take approximately 2-3 minutes.
The specialists of our dental clinic Smile Care Plymouth Dental Plymouth advise its use, especially in patients who, due to their characteristics, require it, as well as those who wish to obtain a better oral cleaning. They emphasize that this technique is not a substitute for routine normal brushing.
So, it is imperative that you always carry out a good tooth brushing, and make complementary use of other techniques such as floss, dental irrigator, among others.
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