A waterpik, also known as an oral irrigator, is a device found in most dentist’s offices that has recently become a popular option for home use.It is easier to use than string floss.Some patients with severe gum and tooth disorders from poor brushing habits have reported a complete improvement in their dental health after purchasing this device.You can be on your way to excellent oral health in no time if you do your research and understand how to operate a Waterpik.
Step 1: Determine where to shop.
Target and Walmart have the Waterpik.It can be found at some electronics stores like Best Buy.
Step 2: Pick the right model.
There are different models of the Waterpik with different functions and prices.Decide what works best for you.The countertop is designed to be on the counter.It is ideal for family use.The models cost between $45 and $59.The model with no cord has a larger base.It is ideal for travel, but has less power.The models cost between $47 and $69.The Showerpik models are waterproof and can be used in the shower.They only use the shower pressure.The models cost around $65.The sonic toothbrush that can dock on the unit is included in the ultra models.Changing the tips of the models will make them usable for all family members.The models cost around $100.There are various models for kids.They are usually decorated to be kid friendly.They are designed for children of a certain age.The models cost between $35 and $49.
Step 3: Pick the best tips.
The standard model typically comes with one tip, however, there are a variety of specialty options you can purchase individually, in a package deal or with deluxe versions of the unit.The classic jet tip will provide a steady flow that is ideal for direct application to the gums and teeth.The toothbrush tip allows you to brush your teeth with a steady flow of water coming through the center of the brush, improving the quality of your brushing.The tip is ideal for crowns, bridges, and implants.The orthodontist tip can be used for dental braces.It will remove plaque and debris from around brackets and wires which are hard to reach with floss and other methods.The pik pocket tip is used to remove plaque from periodontal pockets.It’s ideal for people with chronic periodontitis.
Step 4: The water can be filled.
The container is large.It should have a top that is easy to refill.Warm water can be used.Don’t use water that is too hot.If your dentists recommend it, add a small cup of chlorhexidine twice a week.You may block the pipes of the Waterpik if you use salt water.
Step 5: The right tip should be selected.
Pick the tip that works best for you.The classic jet tip is one of the options.
Step 6: The handle has a tip in it.
The tip should be locked by twisting it or pressing a button on the handle.If necessary, read the product manual.
Step 7: Put the tip in your mouth.
You should start with your back teeth.Don’t touch the teeth or the gums with the tip.Don’t splash water on your countertop if you lean over the sink.You can either start with the outside of the teeth or the inside, but make sure you spray every interdental area where a regular brush can’t reach.
Step 8: The unit needs to be turned on.
The on-button or dial will adjust the water pressure.The low pressure setting is what you should start with.As you go along, increase the water pressure.
Step 9: Follow your gum line.
Make sure you get everything by going tooth by tooth.The space between each tooth, the baseline of gum and the top of the tooth are what you should aim for.From behind your teeth and from the front, trace both.You will be making four passes to get to the front and back of the rows.The Waterpik should be held for two seconds over each tooth.The process should take about two minutes, but you should rinse if you feel like it.
Step 10: The reservoir should be empty.
The water should be poured out.bacteria can grow if the water is not fresh.
Step 11: Use the instructions in the manual.
The Waterpik units come with an instruction manual.You can get another copy on the Waterpik website if you lose it.
Step 12: Purchase replacement parts.
Several parts of the Waterpik can break and need to be replaced.There is a section on the website where tips, accessories and replacement parts can be purchased.The tips should be replaced every three to six months.
Step 13: Fix a drop in water pressure.
Sometimes the device loses water pressure.It is possible to fix the issue before having to replace the device.If you want the black valve in the tank to work, make sure the dome side is facing up and the four-pronged side facing down.The pressure should be supported by filling at least half of the reservoir.The unit is plugged into an electrical outlet.If you want to keep the unit clean, you can add a small amount of chlorhexidine orvinegar to the warm water.Remove the handle from the sink to empty it.
Step 14: Fix a problem.
Another common issue is a leak in a reservoir.It is possible to fix the issue before having to replace the device.Push the black rubber valve out of the water tank.You can massage with your fingers if you run the valve under warm water.The valve should be returned to the tank.The four-prong side of the dome should be facing up.