What Are Oral Irrigation Devices and When Should They Be Used?
An oral irrigation device is an at-home appliance that patients can use as part of a balanced dental hygiene regimen. According to Dr. Nina Kiani DDS PC, a general dentist who offers veneers and other cosmetic treatments at her practice in Midtown West, patients who regularly use oral irrigation devices can benefit from a decreased risk of gum disease and other dangerous oral conditions.
As Dr. Kiani explains, an oral irrigation device is essentially a machine that shoots liquid at a high pressure around the gum line using a series of differently sized tips. Patients can choose the tip that seems to work best, or select a specific tip to get to hard-to-reach areas in between teeth.
The liquid that comes out of these oral irrigation tips is forced underneath and around the gum line. Because of this high pressure, the liquid can get up to six mm deep into the gum line. This is much deeper than patients can get with regular flossing alone.
Rather than simply using water, most oral irrigation devices use a combination of water and antibacterial agents to do a thorough cleaning. When used regularly, an oral irrigation device can help patients maintain cleaner gums that are free of bacteria and other types of harmful debris.
Even better, Dr. Kiani says that there are no contraindications to using an oral irrigation device. For patients who have had implants or bridge work done, Dr. Kiani says that using an oral irrigation device is actually a safer, gentler way to cleanse the gum line than flossing. Oral irrigation devices are also recommended for patients who have struggled with periodontal problems in the past, as well as those who are still recovering from gum surgeries. Additionally, Dr. Kiani says that many of her older patients prefer using oral irrigation devices to basic flossing, because such devices are easier to handle for those with a disabilities or deteriorating manual dexterity.
Of course, using an oral irrigation device regularly is no substitute for semi-annual exams and cleanings at the dentist’s office. The key to proper oral health is to visit the dentist regularly and follow up on his or her recommendations at home.
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