True or False: The Waterpik® Water Flosser Removes Plaque

By Water Pik, Inc.
February 23, 2016

Have you been told that a Water Flosser will get rid of pieces of food and rinse your mouth thoroughly, but it does not remove plaque?

This myth has been proven false. Extensive scientific evidence indicates that the Waterpik® Water Flosser is even more effective at improving gum health and removing plaque biofilm than traditional brushing and flossing.

Independent Study Results

In 2005, the first clinical study comparing the Waterpik® Water Flosser to dental floss found that water flossing provides enhanced plaque removal.

This finding was confirmed in a 2009 independent study at the University of Southern California Center for Dental Biofilms. Using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), researchers demonstrated that the Water Flosser removed up to 99.9% of plaque biofilm from the treated area.

A 2013 independent study added to the clinical evidence. Test subjects using a Waterpik® Water Flosser in conjunction with a manual toothbrush had up to 29% better reduction in plaque biofilm than people who used a manual toothbrush and dental floss.

More Than Rinsing Your Mouth

The Waterpik® Water Flosser delivers a clinically proven combination of water pulsation and pressure necessary to remove plaque. This is vastly different from simply rinsing your mouth with water and more effective than standard dental floss.

Proven Plaque Removal

Over the past few years, 5 independent clinical research studies confirm that the Waterpik® Water Flosser is highly effective for removing plaque. But many dental professionals were not taught this in dental school. So the myth persists.

But here’s the truth: Science has proven that the Waterpik® Water Flosser can effectively remove plaque from hard-to-reach areas.

See how the pulsation and pressure remove plaque in this animation: