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Tell me about water flossers

Torn Mind

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Interested since I'm pretty much already fucked up dentally but I would like to keep my teeth a little longer.
 

Gardener

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According to my dentist and hygenist it and does not replace flossing.
 

Torn Mind

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According to my dentist and hygenist it and does not replace flossing.
My molars are a pain in the behind to get the string in there although the fronts will be hit with string. .

Ordered a Waterpik Ultra for $44 bucks off Walgreens utilizing some coupon-fu.

I plan on using mouthwash in the machine to get the crevices disinfected.

And I will eat like a quasi-diabetic for the rest of my life; I sure am starting to shop like one. I hate bread anyway, so swearing off pizzas is easy. I will be sad that pasta will be cut out though, I've always loved pasta sauce.
 

Hans Gruber

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The water flosser came before the water wheel but after the aqueducts of the Roman Empire. What else do you want me to tell you about water flossers?
 

deadlyapp

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My molars are a pain in the behind to get the string in there although the fronts will be hit with string. .

Ordered a Waterpik Ultra for $44 bucks off Walgreens utilizing some coupon-fu.

I plan on using mouthwash in the machine to get the crevices disinfected.

And I will eat like a quasi-diabetic for the rest of my life; I sure am starting to shop like one. I hate bread anyway, so swearing off pizzas is easy. I will be sad that pasta will be cut out though, I've always loved pasta sauce.
Might want to be careful unless it says it can use mouthwash. A lot of those mouthwashes are alcohol based and will eat away seals that aren't designed for it.
 

Gardener

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My molars are a pain in the behind to get the string in there although the fronts will be hit with string. .

Ordered a Waterpik Ultra for $44 bucks off Walgreens utilizing some coupon-fu.

I plan on using mouthwash in the machine to get the crevices disinfected.

And I will eat like a quasi-diabetic for the rest of my life; I sure am starting to shop like one. I hate bread anyway, so swearing off pizzas is easy. I will be sad that pasta will be cut out though, I've always loved pasta sauce.
My wife has a dental crown on a second molar that was poorly cast...she uses the water pik for it. Its good for flushing out food debris. If I use it, its after I brush, before I floss. I wouldn't bother with disinfecting, there is a normal balance of microbes. If you have general irritation, my dad (a retired dentist) always recommended a rinse with warm salt water...good for cheek bites and canker sores too.

One of the members posted a helpful tip a while back, which is after you floss between two teeth, take a sniff of the floss. If it smells sour, you've got considerable bacterial activity in that gap/pocket between those teeth, so adjust your cleaning regime.
 

Torn Mind

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My wife has a dental crown on a second molar that was poorly cast...she uses the water pik for it. Its good for flushing out food debris. If I use it, its after I brush, before I floss. I wouldn't bother with disinfecting, there is a normal balance of microbes. If you have general irritation, my dad (a retired dentist) always recommended a rinse with warm salt water...good for cheek bites and canker sores too.

One of the members posted a helpful tip a while back, which is after you floss between two teeth, take a sniff of the floss. If it smells sour, you've got considerable bacterial activity in that gap/pocket between those teeth, so adjust your cleaning regime.
You're right about blowing out debris. That is what I like about it. After eating a list of "forbidden delights" like bread and its derivatives like fried chicken, the water flosser lets me basically give a bath and pressure wash to the teeth.

Right now, I'm trying out baking soda brushing. Tastes just like salt but is also a base to attack the acidic micro-environments
 

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