Home Remedies: Treating Gingivitis Using The Waterpik® Water Flosser

By Kendall B.
May 30, 2017

Gingivitis is caused by the accumulation of plaque and bacteria lurking between and around your teeth resulting in red, swollen, and bleeding gums.

If you notice symptoms of gingivitis it is important to improve your oral care routine. You can treat gingivitis at home using a Waterpik® Water Flosser.

Treating Gingivitis At Home

In order to reverse gum inflammation, you need to remove the plaque from your teeth that is releasing toxins and causing inflammation.

You can do this by brushing and flossing every day to maintain a consistent, regular oral care routine.

  • Brushing
    • Brush at least twice a day for two minutes
    • Upgrade to an electric toothbrush to improve your brushing
    • Use proper brushing technique
      • Make sure you reach all surfaces, including the inside surfaces of your teeth
      • In some cases, it may be easier to hold your brush vertically to better clean the tooth surface
  • Flossing removes plaque and debris that brushing alone misses
    • Whether you use string or water, make sure you are flossing correctly
    • To use the Waterpik® Water Flosser…
      • Start off on the lowest pressure setting. Fill the reservoir with lukewarm water for the most comfortable experience
      • Looking into the sink (not in the mirror) point the tip between your teeth at a 90 degree angle
      • Ensure that the tip is in your mouth and turn the unit on
  • Mouthwash can help fight bacteria that can damage your gums, it also freshens your breath

How It Works

By brushing your teeth you’re removing the plaque on the tooth surfaces. By using floss you remove the plaque between your teeth that’s hard to reach with a toothbrush.

Since many people don’t string floss properly or at all, a Water Flosser is often more effective than string. It makes flossing easier because it effortlessly reaches the tight spaces between your teeth and surfaces below the gumline.

Adding the Waterpik® Water Flosser into your oral care routine can help improve your gum health. It removes plaque that causes gingivitis from between the teeth and below the gumline that regular brushing and incorrect string flossing habits miss.

If you see signs of gingivitis that do not improve with home treatment, call your dentist and make an appointment for an exam and assessment of your oral health.

Improving your daily oral care is the first step to reversing the effects of gingivitis. Using a Waterpik® Water Flosser is an easy way to ensure you’re improving your oral care routine.