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To evaluate the effect of the Waterpik® dental water with the Pik Pocket™ tip using half strength (0.06%) chlorhexidine (CHX) compared to rinsing with full strength (0.12%) CHX.
This randomized, three months study involved twenty-four patients with a minimum of two implants. Once daily, half the subjects used the Waterpik® dental water jet with the Pik Pocket™ tip with 0.06% CHX and the other half rinsed with 0.12% CHX. Plaque, gingivitis, bleeding, stain, and calculus were evaluated.
Patients who used the Waterpik® dental water jet and the Pik Pocket™ tip had significantly greater reductions in plaque, gingivitis, and stain than those who only rinsed with CHX. For bleeding, the Waterpik® dental water jet was 87% more effective at reducing gingival bleeding.