what is an oral irrigator

Oral irrigators are a revolutionary oral hygiene product that can gently yet thoroughly clean one’s gums and teeth. It works by shooting a rapidly pulsating stream of water to eliminate plaque and food debris between teeth and under the gum line that string flossing often misses.

The multiple sprays of water can be adjusted to be high pressure or low pressure, depending on the type of flossing session you want. Low pressure is enough for a decent clean and can also massage the gum line, but the high pressure setting is for those who want their teeth sparkly clean.

Using a hose system, the oral irrigator has a nozzle at the end that fires a pulsing jet of water. This water propulsion fires 1,600 times a minute, and the pressure of the force can be changed on most models.

The pulsating water provides the feeling of a massage, and is effective at getting rid of food particles stuck between the gums and teeth. This also reduces bacteria that can result in gum ailments like gingivitis. Operation of this unit is simple. All one needs to do is point the nozzle directly where they want to clean, and turn the machine on.

The hose gets its water supply from the base of the oral irrigator, which houses a water reservoir. This reservoir needs to be refilled each time one flosses, using lukewarm water. The water pump is what creates the water pressure, and this requires electricity.

Some units can operate on a battery, and others must be plugged in at all times. In either case, one must be careful with electrical sockets and water to avoid being electrocuted.

Prior to using an oral irrigator, one should first read and understand the directions on how to safely operate their specific model. Improper use can easily lead to bloody gums from too high of a pressure setting.

The nozzle should be aimed at a right angle to the gum tissue all the time. Let gravity do the work of flowing the water down under the gum line. Do not simply point the nozzle directly at the gums, as this is a sure-fire way to damage it.

Using an oral irrigator is simple and intuitive. Begin by deciding if the top or bottom row of teeth should be cleaned first, and start from the molar farthest back. Slowly guide the water jet long the gum line at a right angle, pausing for a few seconds between each tooth.

Make your way to the farthest molar on the other side and don’t forget to clean behind the teeth as well. Once one half of the mouth is finished, repeat the process on the other half.

For the optimal clean, many dentists suggest using the oral irrigator after brushing and flossing. The powerful water jet can clean areas that both the toothbrush and floss failed to reach.

Sometimes, oral irrigators are known as water flossers since they are a superior alternative for individuals who struggle to floss consistently.

The water flosser is practically an essential oral hygiene product for individuals with sensitive gums. Flossing can be next to impossible for people that experiencing bleeding, painful gums. Water is significantly gentler and is proven to clean better than string floss.

This product not only cleans the gums and teeth, but give it a gentle massage which increases blood flow and improves overall gum health.

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