How to Use a Water Flosser

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Do you know about water flossers? A water flosser uses a high pressure water stream to clean in between your teeth. Water flossers make cleaning your smile so much easier—especially because you don’t have to deal with soggy fingers, slippery floss, and damaged gums. They are especially ideal for those with muscle disorders or braces. However, because water flossers are so high tech, many have a hard time operating them. No worries. Dr. Stephen Babin has the instructions you need to clean your teeth and gums.

1. Fill the tank with water. The water temperature isn’t terribly important, but if you have sensitive teeth or gums, you may prefer it to be lukewarm.
2. Place the tank on the base and close the lid tightly.
3. Choose the specific attachment you would like to use to clean the crevices of your smile and then fasten it firmly to the top of the wand.
4. Choose a comfortable pressure level for the flosser to use to clean your teeth. You may want to choose a lower level at first until you are a little more used to the process of water flossing.
5. Lean over the sink and place the tip of the tool in your mouth. Wrap your lips around the wand to prevent the water from splashing.
6. Turn the unit on. Aim the tip of the wand just above the gum line at a 90-degree angle to the crevices of your teeth. Let the water run along your gums and between each tooth, cleaning away plaque, bacteria, and leftover food.
7. When you’re done, turn the flosser off. Remove the tip by pushing the tip eject button.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call our dental office in Metairie, Louisiana, at 504-887-2428. Our dentist and team are happy to help!