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While flossing is a healthy part of good oral hygiene, not everyone likes to do it or makes the time. It can be challenging when you are unfamiliar with how to properly floss, or when you are using the wrong flossing products. If you are one of these people, our dental team is happy to help!

If you find yourself shirking your flossing routine, we recommend using an oral irrigator, or water flosser. These are small, hand-held wands that spray water out of the top of the tool. The water comes out in pulses and it effectively cleans your teeth.

How to Use an Oral Irrigator

  • Make sure the base, also known as the reservoir, is filled with lukewarm water. Select the tip you would like to use, and adjust the pressure control to the level you prefer.
  • Lean over the sink and press the tip of the water flosser in your mouth. Close your lips around the tip and turn the unit on. It’s important to keep your lips tight around the flosser.
  • Start by rinsing between your back teeth and pause briefly at every crevice. When cleaning aim the flosser tip just above the gumline at a 90-degree angle.
  • When you are done washing the food particles and plaque from between your teeth, turn the unit off and then press the “Tip Eject” button to remove the tip.

Why Use an Oral Irrigator

  • Evidence proves that it is an effective way to deeply clean the crevices of your smile.
  • It is easy to use.
  • It effectively removes plaque and other harmful substances from your teeth.
  • It deeply cleans the pockets in your mouth.
  • It thoroughly cleans around braces and other orthodontic appliances.
  • It is safe and gentle.
  • It reduces your chances of having periodontal disease.

We want you to have the best oral health possible, which is why we recommend cleaning your smile each day with an oral irrigator in Tullahoma, Tennessee. If you have any questions about this tool or if you would like to know more about oral hygiene and its many benefits, call our office today at 931-455-2595 and schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. H. Michael Long. Our entire team looks forward to hearing from you!