I got into water flossing because of curiosity — I wanted to see and feel whether it actually works! For most of my life, I’ve never used any type of dental device besides a standard toothbrush and string floss. I’d tried a variety of toothpastes ranging from the old Aqua Fresh triple action to various whitening toothpastes, and I’d tried everything from waxed to Glide floss. It really wasn’t something I spent a lot of time thinking about. In retrospect, I wish I had known more at the time (don’t we all?).
A couple of friends of mine are true Costco fans. They love going to Costco, buying Costco food – even talking about what they found at Costco. One of the things they talked about is their Sonicare tooth brush and how they liked what it did for their teeth. I have to admit I was a bit skeptical. After all, why do you need your toothbrush to buzz – why can’t you just brush your teeth like a normal person? Still, they swore by it and to this day, they still use electric toothbrushes.
Fast forward a few years, my mother-in-law lived with us for a time and the subject of a Waterpik came up. She said she liked it and so I thought, “Why not?” When she brought her Waterpik out, it was one of the older models. As far as I knew, it looked like it was from decades ago. I plugged it in and it started doing its job – shooting a stream of water from its jet tip. The only problem was I didn’t have it in my mouth at the time, so it started spraying everywhere! So, I unplugged it. I tried again with it in my mouth, but wasn’t to sure what to do at that point and she didn’t really give me a clear answer. I tried briefly to figure it out myself, but wasn’t too committed to figuring out how to use a water flosser at the time, so I put the idea on hold.
Later, I started to read some reviews about oral irrigators and the idea of trying it came up again. This time, I bought a Waterpik Aquarius and was determined to get it right. The difference this time is that I watched some instructional videos which showed exactly how people use it and what the pulsing stream of water is supposed to do. Finding out how effective a water flosser can be made me more intrigued than ever to try it.
Once I did, I was pleasantly surprised and wondered why I had waited so long. I started slowly at first, with the pressure setting at one of the lower settings, trying the standard flossing tip, and trying to get the angle right. I realized right away that it the water jet was getting into areas that I simply could not reach with my regular brushing and flossing habits.
As I started to get used to my Waterpik, I realized that my teeth and gums felt cleaner. If I had eaten certain foods, like popcorn, it was easier to get all of the debris out — water flossing after brushing and flossing proved that to me. In the past, I would have not known that there was still more between my teeth. Now, I have seen that brushing and flossing removes a lot and loosens some. I’ve found that following up with a water flosser rinses more out.
So now, after years of manual dental care, I’m convinced that oral irrigation is an important part of my hygiene habits. I don’t plan on going back to just brushing and flossing alone now that I can see how much a water flosser can do. Like most everyone, I want to have fresh breath and a healthy smile for life. For me, a water flosser is part of the answer.