Dental Professionals - Frequently Asked Questions

Using the Waterpik® Water Flosser

  • No studies have shown that flossing reduces caries in adults. Since the Water Flosser is more effective for plaque removal and for gingivitis reduction, it should also be more effective for caries prevention.
  • The Water Flosser is ideal for those patients who are not flossing effectively or not flossing at all.

We recommend using the Water Flosser prior to toothbrushing:

  • Removing food and debris enhances the effectiveness of both toothbrushing and toothpaste
  • Instructing patients to use it first improves compliance
  • Seeing the food and debris that the Water Flosser removes can help motivate your patient to Water Floss daily

The Water Flosser has been clinically proven safe on all settings. New users should start at the lowest pressure setting, then gently increase the pressure to the highest setting that feels comfortable.

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).

  • Replace the Classic Jet Tip and Tongue Cleaner every 6 months. (Mineral deposits can collect and reduce performance over time.)
  • Replace the Plaque Seeker® Tip, Orthodontic Tip, Pik Pocket Tip, and Toothbrush Tip very 3 months. (Bristles splay and lose efficacy over time, just like a toothbrush.)

To order replacement tips, you and your patients can use our Tips & Accessories selector:

 Tips & Accessories Selector

Pulsation is the key because it provides for a compression and decompression phase that allows bacteria and debris to clear from the pocket. Studies have found that a pulsating device can reach three times deeper than a non-pulsating device.

All Waterpik® models deliver the clinically proven benefits. However, our countertop models deliver a much greater range of water pressure — from extra gentle to maximum cleaning. Experienced Waterpik® users tend to like the higher pressure settings, and those with special needs or sensitive areas usually prefer the lower pressure settings, which are offered by our countertop models.

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Clinical Research & Dental Issues

Like most major oral care companies, Water Pik, Inc. does fund clinical research. When this is the case, it is indicated in the final published report.