We recommend using warm water. Water alone is proven highly effective in numerous clinical studies. However, patients can use certain agents with the Water Flosser:
- Mouthwash - A small amount of mouthwash can be added to the water for flavoring and/or to enhance compliance.
- Chlorhexidine and Listerine - Have been clinically tested for use with the Water Flosser. CHX can be diluted in varying strengths.
Any time an agent other than water is used in the Water Flosser, flush the unit by running plain water through it afterwards.
We do not recommend bleach dilution; it shortens the life of the unit. We do not recommend pure essential oils such as tea tree oil; it destroys the product. (Formulated products that are commonly available, such as Listerine, contain essential oils in small amounts and won't harm the product).