Dental professionals are more savvy about the research
Savvy dental professionals know that to provide the best care to patients, decisions need to be based on science when the data is available. It's this understanding and dedication to scientific evidence that has helped dental professionals understand the effectiveness of the Waterpik® Water Flosser.
Over 60 studies have definitively shown that the Water Flosser can reverse gingivitis, reduce gingival bleeding, remove plaque, and improve the host response to enhance healing and improve oral health. A recently published literature review in the February issue of Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry specifically looked at the safety profile of Water Flossers concluded:
"The evidence shows that using a pulsating Water Flosser is safe and effective. This is based on decades of use by the public and a body of evidence that has not reported any adverse effects."
Most dental professionals have heard more than a few myths about the Water Flosser. These can include the belief that it can harm tissue or push bacteria into the pocket. There is no evidence to support these opinions. In fact, the reverse is often true. Studies have shown that the Water Flosser can reduce bacteria and pocket depth.
What's changed over the last 10 years or so is our understanding that the clinical decision making should be guided by the evidence. Dental professionals can be confident that when they recommend the Water Flosser, there is a significant body of scientific evidence demonstrating that is it undeniably safe and effective.