Dental floss as we know it was first invented in 1815 by Levi Spear Parmly who recommended patients to use silk floss in order to clean teeth thoroughly.
The dental water jet or oral irrigator was first developed in 1962 as a joint effort from a dentist and an engineer to take the removal of plaque to a whole new level.
Nowadays you can find oral irrigators at drugstores and online for a very affordable price and the benefits are simply amazing, the pulsating water effectively removes plaque and food debris that gets stuck in-between your teeth and can even reach below the gumline in order to improve gingival health.
Studies have shown that a treatment of only three seconds of pulsating water can exponentially remove up to a 99.9% of plaque from the area.
Using an oral irrigator is clean, easy and fast. Here are some tips you might find useful:
Fill the water reservoir to the maximum level allowed with warm water, this will allow you to go through the process without the need to fill it up again.
If you have sensitive teeth using warm water will be much more pleasant than cold water.
In order to avoid the water to splash around making a mess, remember to press the “pause” button when you turn the device on.
Make sure you clean both the cheek and the tongue side of your teeth. You can start on the top or bottom teeth.
Aim the tip at a 90 degree angle to your teeth, pause for a few seconds and then sweep along the gumline to the next area to clean.
If you are using braces make sure to use the special tip that will allow you to clean under them, however do remember that you will also need to clean the gumline.
By: Prisma Dental
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