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Dental irrigator: What is it used for?

It’s possible that your dentist has recommended the use of a dental irrigator at some point to maintain proper oral hygiene. But do you know exactly what it’s used for and who can benefit from its use? Allow us to provide you with accurate information on this matter.

What is a dental irrigator used for?

A dental irrigator is a device designed to complement daily oral hygiene. It is used to effectively clean the interdental spaces, gums, and other hard-to-reach areas in the mouth. The irrigator emits a pulsating stream of water or mouthwash that helps remove food debris, plaque, and other residues that conventional brushing cannot reach. Additionally, it can be beneficial for people with gum issues, orthodontic patients, dental implant recipients, and those seeking to improve their overall oral health.

What does a dental irrigator do in your mouth that makes its use highly recommended?

  • Thanks to the high-pressure water jet, it removes up to 99.9% of the bacterial plaque, as it is easier to loosen and then remove it with a toothbrush.
  • By allowing access to every part of the mouth, it prevents the occurrence of cavities, halitosis, or gingivitis by eliminating 99% of germs and bacteria.
  • We could say that the main function of the dental irrigator is to clean the periodontal pockets of the gums, which not only prevents gingivitis but also reduces dental sensitivity.
  • It is often recommended for people who wear braces or orthodontic brackets, as the irrigator is useful for easy cleaning with the help of its orthodontic nozzle.
  • If it includes a tongue nozzle, you can remove the white stain that forms due to food bacteria.
  • With the periodontal nozzle, you can easily remove any plaque residue, helping your teeth gradually regain their natural color.
  • In the reservoir, you can mix water with mouthwash, tripling the effectiveness of the cleaning and leaving a pleasant feeling of freshness in your mouth.

For whom are they not recommended?

  • Young children: Dental irrigators may not be suitable for children under 6 years old as they may have difficulty using them correctly and could injure themselves if not used under proper supervision.
  • People with severe gum diseases: If you have advanced periodontal diseases or severe gum problems, it is important to consult your dentist before using a dental irrigator as specialized treatment may be necessary.
  • People with medical devices: If you use implanted medical devices such as pacemakers or joint prostheses, it is advisable to speak with your doctor before using a dental irrigator as the pulsating water jet may interfere with these devices.
  • People with extreme dental sensitivity: If you suffer from severe dental hypersensitivity, the water jet from the irrigator may cause discomfort or pain. In this case, it is best to consult your dentist to find gentler alternatives for your oral hygiene.