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What To Know About Water Flossers

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

What Is A Water Flosser?

Water flossers, also known as oral irrigators and interdental cleaners, are an alternative to traditional floss. A water flosser utilizes a stream of pulsating water to remove plaque and food debris between the teeth and below your gum line.

The goal is the same as traditional string floss: to improve your oral and gingival health. Water flossers work fast, gently and effectively to remove 99.9 percent of plaque from treated areas.

They have been shown to improve gum health and even reverse gum inflammation, also known as gingivitis.

Why Floss?

You already know that flossing is a very important component to your daily oral health routine. As much as 30-40 percent of your tooth surface area doesn’t get clean without proper flossing habits!

Flossing helps to clean the areas between the teeth and at the gum line. But some people have trouble or dislike using traditional dental floss because of the difficulty, the awkwardness, or other complications like discomfort, large gaps between their teeth, or braces, which can all make flossing a bigger challenge.

Flossing should be incorporated into your dental routine to prevent plaque buildup, bad breath, gum inflammation, gum disease, dental decay and other preventable oral health issues.

With water flossers, you have an alternative option that gives as effective or better results than the regular manual or string floss.

The Convenience Of Water Flossers

Water flossers, such as the Water Pik Flosser’s line of products, allow users to adjust the flosser’s water pressure to their comfort level and preference. The motor pumps the pulsating water into the mouth as the user guides it to clean the gums and between the teeth.

Believe it or not, the water flosser was invented back in 1962, and has only improved over the last 55 years. These products have become more streamlined, user-friendly, and effective over the years.

Water flossers are offered in a variety of options to fit any person’s needs.

You can purchase anything from a travel flosser, to a flosser with up to 12 accessory tips to allow all your family members to share the same base unit. Yes – these devices are safe for kids to use; some models are even geared towards kid’s usage, but are still effective for adults. Water flossers are extremely effective and convenient for those with braces, who have a hard time cleaning their teeth in many cases.

How To Use A Water Flosser

First and foremost, ask us when you are in for your visit so that you can learn how to use your water flosser the right way.

Using a water flosser is simple and easy to learn.

First, you fill the device’s reservoir with lukewarm water and press the container firmly onto the base. Select your tip and press firmly into the handle. This is the section that can be removed and exchanged for other family members to use. Turn the unit on and adjust the pressure control, starting at the lowest pressure and moving up until you reach your desired jet stream pressure.

Turn the unit back off. Lean over the sink and place the tip in your mouth. Turn the unit on, guiding the stream of pulsating water over your teeth. Allow the used water to flow out of your mouth into the sink. Aim the tip of the water flosser just above the gum line at approximately a 90 degree angle.

Pause briefly between teeth to allow cleaning of the space between the teeth to occur. It only takes a few seconds of water pressure in an area to improve the cleanliness and help those gums become healthier. When finished, turn the unit off and use the tip eject button to remove your tip.

Repeat the next day! Better gum health can typically be seen in 14 days, on average.

Do You Have Questions for the Hagen Dental Team?

We want to help you find the best oral health tools for you and your family. Give us a call at Hagen Dental Practice to schedule your next checkup and we can help you navigate the choices. Call us today at (513) 251-5500.



Get to Know the Hagen Dental Team: Meet Mary Martini

Monday, January 11th, 2016

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Name: Mary Martini

Role: I am a dental hygienist with over 30 years of diverse experience in Ohio and Kentucky. My goal is to help my patients maintain their oral health as it is related to their general health. I love to teach my patients about dentistry and their health. I always strive to help them have a comfortable experience, so that while they are here they know we genuinely care about them.

Favorite restaurants in Cincinnati: My very favorite restaurant is Sotto’s downtown, but I enjoy many of the OTR (Over-the-Rhine) restaurants as well.

How long you have lived in Cincinnati? I was born and raised in Cincinnati, but we moved to Northern Kentucky about 12 years ago.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work? When I’m at home I love to cook, but most of the time I HAVE to be outside. I enjoy traveling, boating, camping, hiking in the mountains and riding on my husband’s motorcycle.

How would you describe the Hagen Dental team? I worked for Hagen Dental practice about 20 years ago! I was one of Dr. Hagen’s first dental hygienists, early in his practice. I was with him for about 8 years. After being exposed to a variety of other practices, teaching, and public health, I recently returned. I really missed the “family practice,” especially one with the values of Hagen Dental practice, where we get to provide the best care for our patients. Although the team consists of different people than it did 20 years ago, it is now the best it has ever been, and I feel like I’m home again.

Hagen Dental is about total health. How do you stay healthy? I am a PURE BARRE enthusiast! It is the best total body workout I have ever done and I have been going to classes for the past four years at least 3-4 times per week.

What’s your favorite part of your job? My favorite part of my job is meeting new people and hearing their stories. I particularly like helping them overcome their dental fears and have a great experience at their visits. Sometimes they even look forward to coming to their dental visits!

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Finish this sentence: Hagen Dental patients… are very loyal! I have met so many patients that come from many areas far away within the [Cincinnati] Tri-state, to get the “Hagen” quality of care they can’t seem to find anywhere else.

Anything else we should know about you or Hagen Dental in the New Year? I am looking forward to earning your trust and providing you with the excellent care you have come to expect.