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June 12, 2015
Although all you need in your Water Flosser for clinically proven effectiveness is warm water, you might wonder whether it is safe to use mouthwash or other additives. Can they damage the unit? What's not okay to use?
Find the answers to these questions and learn what you can add to your Water Flossing routine.
Standard or cosmetic mouthwash neutralizes odors and freshens your breath.
To use standard mouthwash:
To use antiseptic mouthwash:
Saline (salt) solution in cordless units
Dental professionals prescribe therapeutic mouth rinses to help treat gum disease. These prescription-only solutions typically contain the antimicrobial drug chlorhexidine gluconate (CHX) and include brands such as PeridexTM and Periogard.®
If you have gum disease with periodontal pockets, your dental professional may recommend cleaning them using a Classic Professional Water Flosser and the Pik Pocket® tip. The Classic Professional Water Flosser includes a specialty reservoir designed for low-pressure delivery of antimicrobial rinses.
To use therapeutic mouth rinses:
Adding any of these items to your Water Flosser reservoir can reduce performance or shorten the life of the product.
Adding mouthwash to freshen breath and using solutions that prevent and treat gum disease give you more ways to benefit from using your Water Flosser.
When it comes to your oral health, you should always consult your dental professional for guidance. Using a standard mouthwash or antiseptic at a 1:1 ratio or less with water provides a pleasant experience, but it is not clinically evaluated to determine any benefits beyond using water alone.
There are studies for adding chlorhexidine to a Water Flosser, and your dental professional will provide instructions for prescription use.