An oral irrigator relies on either pressured water or mouthwash to remove plaque from between the teeth and around the gums. As well as being used as part of a normal dental care regime, these dental irrigators can be used by people who have bridges or crowns, as well as to clean orthodontic appliances, such as braces.
As Dentocare.co.uk informs, these dental hygiene devices were originally invented as an alternative to dental flossing and as a more effective way of getting to those hard to reach places.
There are numerous benefits of using oral irrigators, which include:
An effective form of cleaning
With water projecting from specially-angled nozzles to right the way around the mouth, between the teeth and in those difficult to reach areas, oral irrigators offer a much more effective clean of the teeth and mouth than traditional brushing of the teeth and flossing.
An instant effect
Unlike some medical and dental aids, with oral irrigation you notice the benefits almost straight away. A quick blast of an irrigator will leave your mouth feeling refreshed and clean and after a while your teeth will have considerably less plaque on them. In fact, as Dentocare notes, studies have proven that using an oral irrigator alongside conventional brushing, removes 99 percent more plaque than traditional brushing alone. Research also suggests that using this oral device can improve the health of our gums by up to 93 percent compared to sticking to a solely brushing routine.
Helps reduce gingivitis
Oral irrigation is also known for having positive effects on those suffering from gingivitis, the inflammation of the gums.
A study conducted in 2011 found that the jet and configuration of soft bristles on an oral irrigator were “significantly better than floss at reducing bleeding at two and four weeks.”
Fresher breath and effective treatment for halitosis
The pulsating and targeted action of the water streams projecting from this dental device helps to flush bits of food and other debris from between the teeth, which, if left there, can cause bad breath. Halitosis – severe bad breath – is can be caused by food being trapped in the teeth and even on the tongue. As the bacteria created by the decaying food forms plaque that sticks to the teeth. An oral irrigator removes such plaque, reducing the severity of halitosis and leading to a fresher smelling mouth.
If you are looking to purchase a quality oral irrigator, the Braun Oral-B Professional Care Oxyjet Dental Irrigator MD20 is recommended.
This quality oral irrigator removes bacteria on and below the gum line through Oxyjet technology, which enriches water with microfine bubbles of purified air and consequently improves the health of gums. Its two jet functions gently removes bacteria and food from hard to reach areas.
Another alternative is the Panasonic Dentacare Rechargeable Oral Irrigator EW-DJ40. This easy-to-grip unit comes with two mode settings, one for removing particles, massaging the gums and rinsing between the teeth and gums and the other for a more gently massage of the gums.
Once you start using an oral irrigator and enjoy a much fresher and cleaner feeling mouth, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without one.
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