When Floss is Not Enough
- The 6 mm or greater pocket
- Crown and Bridge
Periodontal maintenance patients need to practice optimal self-care to maintain good oral health and prevent further bone breakdown. This can be challenging because many will have areas that are difficult to access and remove biofilm. Anatomically, even the most skilled flosser is not going to be able to get floss to reach much beyond 3 mm or into a furcation.
The Waterpik® Water Flosser is an ideal choice for periodontal maintenance patients. The device has been evaluated on periodontal maintenance patients in numerous studies and has been shown to consistently reduce bleeding and gingival inflammation in this patient base. In a comprehensive look at how water irrigation via the Water Flosser benefits periodontal maintenance patients, Cutler et al found that the daily use of the Water Flosser with water delivered by the Classic Jet Tip at a medium pressure setting significantly reduced plaque, bleeding, gingivitis, and probing depth in as little as 2 weeks. The investigators also analyzed the gingival crevicular 8 hours post irrigation and found that it contained significantly less of the type of inflammatory mediators associated with bone loss.
For patients with implants, the Water Flosser it has been shown to be more effective than string floss for reducing bleeding around implants. Magnuson et al found that after 30 days the Water Flosser reduced bleeding in 81.8% of implants compared to only 33.3% for string floss.
To learn more about how the Water Flosser can benefit periodontal maintenance patients, click here to take the Periodontal Maintenance self-study.