Have you seen the corn demo yet?

We all know that brushing alone is not enough, but getting this message across to patients can be difficult. That's why we at Waterpik® offer various "how-to" videos designed specifically to help you help your patients appreciate the importance of interdental cleaning.

One of our most popular videos is the corn demo. This demonstrates exactly how the Waterpik® Water Flosser works and how it effectively and gently cleans away food debris, particularly in comparison with manual, electronic and even sonic toothbrushes.

Does the Waterpik® Water Flosser really work?

In short, yes it does. We have more than 70 studies and research papers supporting the effectiveness and safety of the Waterpik® Water Flosser. Its unique combination of pulsation and pressure create shear hydraulic forces that are capable of removing plaque biofilm, offering an efficient solution when other interdental cleaning devices simply won't do. It is suitable for a wide range of patients, including those with periodontal pocketing, fixed orthodontic appliances, dental implants and crowns or bridges.

There is also a selection of models to choose from. From the Waterpik® Cordless Advanced with its compact, lightweight and easy portable design; to the Waterpik® Cordless Freedom with dual water-pressure settings; and even the Waterpik® Complete Care combining both Water Flosser and Sonic Toothbrush, there is something for everyone. Plus, various different tips are available to further enhance results for patients, including the Classic Jet Tips for general use, the Orthodontic Tip for those with fixed appliances and the Pik Pocket® Tip for patients with periodontal pocketing.

Banishing Biofilm

The term dental ‘biofilm’ refers to the microbial community on and around the hard, non-shedding tissues in the mouth (the teeth). The warm and moist environment in the mouth suits the growth of many microorganisms and offers host-derived nutrients, such as saliva proteins, glycoproteins and gingival crevicular fluid.1 Biofilm is estimated to contain over 500 species of bacteria within its matrix,2 although only about 20 strains are thought to be pathogenic, including P gingivalis, T forsythensis, and Prevotella intermedia.3 Studies have found periodontal pathogens such as these in other organs of the human body as well, leading researchers to make a connection between periodontal disease and other health issues. An imbalance of bacteria and increased dental biofilm has been associated to increased risk of dental caries and periodontal disease.4

Efficient removal of biofilm is therefore important for dental and general health. In addition to the evidence already mentioned, the Waterpik® Water Flosser has also been clinically proven to effectively remove up to 99.9% of plaque biofilm from treated areas of the tooth surface.5

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Sources

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  2. Kroes I, Lepp PW, Reiman DA Bacterial diversity within the human subgingival crevice. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 1999;96(25):14547-14552.
  3. Haraszthy VI, Zambon JJ, Trevisan M, et al. Identification of periodontal pathogens in atheromatous plaques. J Periodontol. 2000;71:1554-1560.
  4. Marsh P. Dental plaque as a biofilm and a microbial community – implications for health and disease. BMC Oral Health, 2006, 6(Suppl 1):S14 https://doi.org/10.1186/1472-6831-6-S1-S14.
  5. Gorur, A., Lyle, D. M., Schaudinn, C., & Costerton, J. W. (2009). Biofilm removal with a dental water jet. Compend Contin Ed Dent, 30, 1-6.