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So you’ve obtained or otherwise received a water flosser, but you’re intimidated by using it. You’re used to flossing, and this new machine is the genesis of the robot uprising. Many of our patients actually choose water flossing to traditional flossing, and though the change from traditional flossing can take some time to get used to, it can be a great way to keep your mouth healthy.

Here are some suggestions on using your water flosser for the first time:

-First, wash out the basin of the flosser (without using soap) to make sure that any particles or dust have been removed.

-Once the basin has been washed out, fill the flosser with the recommended amount of water.

-Place the spout into your oral cavity and close your lips to prevent water splashes.

-Because this is your first time flossing with the water flosser, turn it on using the lower setting; after several uses on its lower setting, you can opt if the higher setting is better for you.

-Starting at the back of your teeth, point the spout of the flosser just above your gumline and at a 45-degree tilt. Let the spout spray for two seconds before moving it to the next tooth.

-After washing between all of your chompers, empty the basin of any remaining water and wash the spout off to clean off any germs.

You’ve just completed your first water flossing session. We hope it was a pleasant experience for you and that you’ll continue flossing once a day throughout your life. For extra info about water flossers and how to use them, come see us for an oral visit. Reach out at 703.994.4626 now to schedule your next checkup to our Fischer Family and Cosmetic Dentistry office in Centreville, Virginia, with Dr. Katherine B. Fischer & Charles C. Fischer.