Have you considered using a Waterpik® Water Flosser, but were skeptical because you thought it might be uncomfortable or hurt your gums? Well, we have great news: the Waterpik® Water Flosser is gentle, soothing, and more effective than string floss!
Especially in comparison to string flossing, water flossing is much kinder to your gums and shouldn't hurt:
The Water Flosser provides a gentle, yet powerful clean:
When done correctly, water flossing does not hurt, especially if you follow these tips:
To start, we recommend using warm water. This is typically more comfortable, especially if you have sensitive teeth.
Proper water pressure is important when you are new to water flossing. Begin on the lowest pressure setting to see how it feels on your gums. Think of it as how “in-shape” your gums are. As your gums adapt, you can gradually increase the pressure to your comfort level, and it should not hurt as you do so.
Also, be sure to point the tip at the gumline at a 90-degree angle, and use the pause or on/off switch features (if applicable) if you need to temporarily stop the water flow.
To see a video and step-by-step instructions, go to our How to Use a Waterpik® Water Flosser page.
If you have not been flossing regularly and experience discomfort, then it might take two weeks of daily water flossing to strengthen your gums. This is due to gum health issues rather than water flossing itself. (If your discomfort persists or you experience bleeding gums that hurt or are red and swollen, contact a dental professional for an assessment of your oral health.)
If you have unhealthy gum tissue, the temporary discomfort that you might experience at first with water flossing is rather small compared to the discomfort from possible gum disease or other oral health-related issues.
With daily use of the Waterpik® Water Flosser, your gums will be stronger and healthier in 14 days.
What are you waiting for? Using a Waterpik® Water Flosser does not hurt and is actually good for your gums, so get a happier, healthier smile today!