Dental Hygiene

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  1. Huntn, Mar 16, 2018
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    Huntn macrumors P6

    Huntn

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    I have to insist that the key to dental hygiene is an electric toothbrush and using a Waterpik with a periodontal tip, augmented by flossing, hands down. My gum health issues, periodic bleeding gums, was corrected with these two devices. For myself, flossing alone is not adequate. IMO, it’s too much work to do it right.

    While using my Waterpik this morning, I noticed some brown gloppy material coming out of the junction where the water tube meets the hand held tool. It’s the kind of stuff reminiscent of what is sometimes seen in a whirl pool tub, when it has not been run in a while, Algie-like growth in the water jets. Sounds and looks disgusting. I use my Waterpik regularly, but sometimes skip a day.

    Of interest this brown material not was coming out the tip into my mouth, which made me wonder if the hand held tool has a filter, yet if a filter was clogged, why would anything be coming through the tip? Yet I don’t see a way to take it apart, and I looked online and the only cleaning instructions I found was how to clean a tip in vinegar, nothing about how to clean the internal guts of this machine or the hand held tool. I ran several tubs of water through the machine. Of note, I frequently use a 50-50 mixture of water and mouthwash in the Waterpik.

    Any thoughts on this? Anyone experience this? Is it time I purchase a new Waterpik?
     
  2. mikzn macrumors 65816

    mikzn

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    WaterPik is great for gums, interproximal and perio cleaninig, I always drain the water from the unit and tubing between uses to prevent build up of biofilm in the tubing etc.

    It is quite inexpensive to replace the tubing and handle ($15) - just replaced mine not long ago - an easy replacement.

    What a great product!
     
  3. Zenithal macrumors 604

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    It's growth. Fairly harmless. You're supposed to detach all points and rinse them with cool running water after each use. Technically, you could go a few days between rinsing. You could also run a mild hydrogen peroxide solution through the unit.
     
  4. Huntn thread starter macrumors P6

    Huntn

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    Tremendous product. :) Before I discovered this I had a dentist suggesting I needed to redo a crown because of persistent gum bleeding at a particular tooth... a little ledge was catching bacteria. The Waterpik solved this issue and my guns don't bleed at all.

    For both of you, how do you detach the tube... just pull it off?
     
  5. Zenithal macrumors 604

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    They should have instructions on their website. For floss, I'm a huge fan of the Glide products. I like the silver box more because it's tackier and food and whatnot attach easier. The dark blue box is impregnated with CPC and tacky, so it should improve gum health while cleaning out. If you've got a Sam's or Costco membership, they sell the dark blue box in a pack of six or eight for under $12 most of the time. Whereas a two pack runs around $7 at other stores. No shredding, either.

    It's very much like teflon tape. While at Costco a couple months ago, they had Listerine Total on sale in two packs for about the same price you'd pay for a large bottle at a regular store. They had a 2021 or 2022 date on them, so we picked up 4 packs.

    I'd also suggest picking up the Dr. Tung tongue cleaner. Stainless steel, grippy handles, inexpensive. Night and day difference compared to cheap, plastic cleaners.
     
  6. mikzn, Mar 16, 2018
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    mikzn macrumors 65816

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    Mine cracked at the connection underneath and I removed the broken piece and reattached it - but then it started leaking at the handle - so I ordered the complete handle and tubing assemply at amazon and replace them both. 10 minutes and like new! :)
     
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    My dentist told me I either had to come see him an additional time each year (going from 6 month intervals to 4) or get an electric toothbrush. I bought a Sonicare and he hasn't said anything since. I think I'll eventually own a Waterpik.
     

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