A waterpik is an oral-irrigation system that can be used as an alternative to flossing if used properly. However, the waterpik is not as effective as flossing.
This system is ideal for people who cannot floss or have orthodontic braces, bridgework or other difficult to reach areas.
A waterpik will significantly reduce the inflammation, bleeding and bacteria associated with gingivitis by flushing the food and bacteria out from between the teeth.
Dr. McMurdo recommends using the Waterpik® brand which can be purchased at most pharmacies.
In order for this system to work effectively one of three things must be added to the water:
- Tea Tree Oil. Purchase from a health food store or Costco. Add one drop of 100% Tea Tree Oil for every 100 mls of warm water.
- Baking soda (1 tablespoon) can be used but you must rinse out the machine after each use to prevent the motor from plugging up. The baking soda will crystallize when it dries preventing the flow of water.
- Under the Gum irrigant is available at Dr. McMurdo’s office