What’s an Oral Irrigator?

Do you have memories from long ago of watching Grandma use her water pick to clean her teeth? You may think those days are gone and a water pick can only be found at garage sales, but these days they are called oral irrigators. You may want to try using one in your goal of achieving healthier teeth and gums.

An oral irrigator is a water jet used to rinse your mouth and gums, serving to remove food particles and lower bacteria levels. It has proven to be helpful for people with gingivitis, diabetes, orthodontic work, crowns, dental implants, as well as those without specific dental issues.

It is important to remember that an oral irrigator is an accompaniment to your other hygiene tasks. Continue your routine of brushing and flossing your teeth, and then use an oral irrigator. It can be helpful in cleaning the deeper areas where brushing and flossing can’t reach. Oral irrigators are easy to use because the handles are specially designed with angled nozzles to reach deep into your mouth and to hard-to-reach areas. You don’t have to spend a great deal of time using an irrigator; even 60 seconds is enough to aid in your oral health.

What are the benefits of using an oral irrigator? There are quite a few reasons that you might want to add this to your dental hygiene regime. These include:

• Reducing bacteria and the associated risk of gum disease.
• Removing unattached plaque. Studies show that using an irrigator along with brushing and flossing can allow you to remove 99 percent more plaque than brushing alone.
• Controlling gingivitis, especially in people who aren’t good about practicing other proper dental hygiene techniques. Studies suggest that gum health can be improved up to 93 percent compared to just brushing.
• Reducing bleeding along your gums.
• Improving bad breath by getting rid of bacteria in your mouth.
• Providing extra cleaning of your tongue, which also controls bacteria and bad breath.

When used with traditional home dental care techniques, oral irrigation may be an easy way to help you gain optimum oral health. Consider adding it to your routine today.

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