Water Flosser – Best Interdental Cleaning Device?

Latest Research

At Waterpik International, Inc., we have always been dedicated to helping you help your patients improve their gingival health through easy-to-use and highly effective interdental cleaning solutions.

The Waterpik® Water Flosser is supported by more than 70 clinical studies and trials, demonstrating its superior efficiency over other oral health adjuncts for improving gingival health and reducing gingival bleeding. We are delighted to give you a first-chance look at the latest research …

The Waterpik® Water Flosser is up to 60% more effective than Sonicare® Air Floss Pro for improving gingival health.

The third in a series of comparative studies between the Waterpik® Water Flosser and various Sonicare® Air Floss units, the results of this latest clinical trial were presented at the International Association for Dental Research General Session in San Francisco last month.

The study compared the Waterpik® Water Flosser with the Sonicare® Air Floss Pro Model HX8340 (the two-pronged plug European model) and found the Waterpik® Water Flosser to be an easy and more effective product for cleaning between the teeth. In a four week comparison, the Waterpik® Water Flosser reduced whole mouth gingival bleeding by 57% more than the Air Floss Pro, and whole mouth gingivitis by 60% more.

A timely reminder

This is a particularly relevant time of year to be encouraging all your patients to improve their oral health. Aside from World Oral Health Day on 7th April and St George’s Day on 23rd, this month brings with it the sweet delights of Easter, as people across the nation indulge in all manner of chocolate eggs, bars and other delicious treats.

The good news is that chocolate (especially dark chocolate) and its key cocoa ingredient have been associated with various health benefits1,2,3.However, milk and white chocolate – which tend to be favoured by children – have a much higher sugar content, which could be linked to an increased risk of tooth decay and caries.

As such, it’s necessary to remind patients to keep the chocolate consumption within moderation this April and to employ effective oral health adjuncts like the Waterpik® Water Flosser to maintain the health of their teeth and gums.

  1. Goyal CR, Lyle DM, Qaqish JG, Schuller R. Poster presentation at IADR, San Francisco, CA March 23, 2017. Abstract #0885.
  2. Ried K, Sullivan TR, Fakler P, Frank OR, Stocks NP. Effect of cocoa on blood pressure. Cochrane Hypertension Group15 August 2012. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD008893.pub2
  3. Bab S, Natsume M, Yasuda A, Nakamura Y, Tamura T, Osakabe N, Kanege M, Kondo K. Plasma LDL and HDL cholesterol and oxidized LDL concentrations are altered in normo- and hypercholesterolemic humans after intake of different levels of cocoa powder. J Nutr. 2007 Jun;137(6):1436-41.
  4. Buijsse B, Feskens EJ, Kok FJ, Kromhout D. Cocoa intake, blood pressure and cardiovascular mortality: the Zutphen Elderly Study. Arch Intern Med. 2006 Feb 27;166(4):411-7.