Everyone Can Use a Fresh Start

By Dr. Chris Salierno DDS
January 27, 2015


How are your New Year’s resolutions coming along? Yeah, me too.

Changing bad habits and introducing new routines can be hard. Gym memberships sky rocket in January only to plateau and then come crashing back to Earth. Egg white omelets for breakfast start to get boring, and we go back to cheesy egg sandwiches with extra bacon.

Better flossing had been on my to-do list for some time.

Yes, that’s right… I’m a dentist, and I didn't floss as well as I should have. I would get the same polite admonishment from my hygienist at check-ups that you do.

I think I didn't floss regularly because I didn't feel that my mouth was any cleaner. If I had felt significantly cleaner after every flossing experience, then I probably would have looked forward to doing it again.

Fortunately we can use technology to help make our best intentions turn into regular practices. I've been a much better flosser since I started using the Waterpik® Water Flosser.

Yes, the Waterpik®Water Flosser is clinically proven to be as effective or even more effective than traditional string flossing. But I think the key for me is that I feel cleaner after I use it. My teeth feel cleaner, and I feel like I have accomplished something for myself.

I like to compare string flossing to hand washing dishes.

Using my Waterpik® Water Flosser is like using a dishwasher. Both are effective when done correctly, but the dishwasher is a lot more consistent and easier to use.

Before I had dish washing technology, I would let my dishes pile up in the sink. Gross. Before I had Waterpik® technology, I would let bacteria pile up around my gums. Also gross.

So if one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get more serious about your oral health, consider investing in some technology to help make it actually happen. At my next check-up, I’m looking forward to getting a high-five from my hygienist instead of a lecture.

Make it a great 2015!

Watch the video below to learn what I love about water flossing: