What’s Your Oral Health IQ?

Gum disease ranges from a mild type known as gingivitis to the more serious periodontitis. The mouth can offer clues about overall health, and problems in your mouth can affect the rest of your body.

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Flossing

False

You should be flossing daily to help remove plaque from areas where your toothbrush can’t reach. If you just brush, food debris gets left behind. Bacteria feed on that food debris and that’s what causes gum disease and bad breath. Your oral health is linked to the health of the rest of your body.

Brushing Alone is Not Enough

Gum Disease

True

Studies have shown that periodontal disease is associated with heart disease. Periodontal disease can also exacerbate existing heart conditions. Additional studies have pointed to a relationship between periodontal disease and stroke.

How to Fight the Gum Disease Epidemic

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Pregnancy

False

Hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy can cause pregnancy gingivitis and periodontitis. Several research studies suggest that women with periodontal disease may be more likely to deliver babies prematurely or with low birth weight than mothers with healthy gums.

Pregnancy Dental Challenges Oral Health and Your Body

Diabetes

True

Diabetes is a chronic disease that can lower the body’s resistance to infection. Periodontitis is an infection in your gums, which can result in higher blood sugar levels and more challenges with controlling the disease.

Diabetes Dental Challenges

Kids

False

The ADA recommends that a dentist examines a child within six months after the first tooth comes in and no later than the first birthday.

Kids Dental Challenges

Plaque

True

The Waterpik® Water Flosser removes up to 99.9% of plaque from treated areas.

Water Flossing: Myth vs. Fact

Flossing

False

If your gums bleed during or after flossing this can be an early sign of gingivitis, the initial stage of gum disease. If it is not treated it can lead to more advanced stages of gum disease.

Gums Bleeding? It’s a Problem

Water Flosser For Kids

The Waterpik® Water Flosser For Kids is the easy, more effective, and more fun way for kids to floss. The Water Flosser For Kids is a custom model for children ages 6+, with a small and simple design that makes water flossing easy. It's perfect for any kid who has braces or has trouble flossing.

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Arthritis

True

Studies show that gum disease is two times more prevalent in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. RA is an autoimmune disorder that typically affects the small joints.

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Braces

False

The Waterpik® Water Flosser is up to 3X as effective as dental floss for cleaning around braces, and it is perfect for anyone with braces, implants, or those with crowns, bridges, and veneers.

Cleaning Dental Braces

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Gum Disease

True

One out of every two American adults aged 30 and over has periodontal disease, according to recent findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2010 it was estimated that 47.2% or 64.7 million American adults, have mild to severe periodontitis (the more advanced form of gingivitis).

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Flossing

True

The Waterpik® Water Flosser is significantly more effective than string floss in removing plaque for all tooth surfaces, and up to 50% more effective for improving gum health vs. string floss.

Water Floss vs Dental Floss Clinical Research

The facts and information expressed are those of the clinical research cited, and do not necessarily reflect the position of Water Pik, Inc. Results may vary based on your dental health, use of the product, and other potential factors.