International Association of Dental Research, March 2013
Researchers at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine presented findings from a study that compared the Waterpik® Water Flosser to String Floss on reducing bleeding around implants
To compare the efficacy of a Water Flosser to string floss on reducing bleeding around implants.
Subjects were randomized into 2 groups: Group 1 used a manual toothbrush and a Waterpik® Water Flosser with the Plaque® Seeker Tip and tap water. Group 2 used a manual toothbrush and string floss. There were 22 implants in each group and the primary outcome was the reduction in bleeding on probing. Subjects brushed twice daily and used their interdental product once a day.
There were no differences between the groups at baseline. Two subjects (4 implants) withdrew from the study in the string floss group because they did not like using floss. At 30 days, 18 of 22 (81.8%) implants in the Water Flosser group showed a reduction in bleeding compared to 6 of 18 (33.3%) in the string floss group.
The Waterpik® Water Flosser is more effective than string floss for reducing gingival bleeding (mucositis) around implants and is safe to use.
- Magnuson B et al. Water Flosser vs. Floss: Comparing reduction in bleeding around implants. J Dent Res 92(Spec Iss A):#3761, 2013 www.dentalresearch.org