A water flosser is an effective weapon in the war on tooth decay and gum disease, and using one every morning will help you maintain clean breath and a fresh smile. These handheld devices are fun to use, but a slip of the wrist could lead to face full of the wet stuff or a dripping ceiling. Let's test your smarts when it comes to using a water flossing tool to blast away pesky plaque and germs.
Water flossers typically have multiple water pressure settings. Which setting should you use?
- Start with the highest setting to dislodge plaque.
- Begin with the lowest setting and work up from there.
- Start with a middle setting and move to a higher or lower power flow depending on what's comfortable for you.
Sometimes water and electricity just don't mix. What safety measures are important when using a water flosser?
- Don’t use a water flosser while bathing.
- Never handle the plug with wet hands.
- Both of the above
Can you eat all your Halloween or other holiday candy in one night and then have a marathon flosser cleaning session?
- The longer you water floss, the better your gums will like it.
- Follow the manufacturer's recommendations.
- Use a flosser as long as you need to, but be sure to include mouthwash in the water reservoir.
Levi Spear Parmly is widely considered the father of modern dental floss for recommending the use of what substance to clean between teeth?
- Thin copper wire
- Horse hair
- Silk thread
Water flossers clean teeth and gums, but some varieties also include a special tip to do what?
- Clean the tongue
- Irrigate the throat
- Stimulate the tastebuds
Water flossing is effective at removing biofilm. What is this sticky stuff, anyway?
- Decayed food residue
- A buildup of bacteria
Although you may be able to add your favorite mouthwash to the the water reservoir of some flosser products, what ingredient should you watch out for?
- Antibacterial solutions
- Hydrogen peroxide
Are water flossers effective in helping to control bleeding and gingivitis?
- Yes, but only marginally.
- No. Water flossing is too aggressive.
- Yes, water flossing can reduce bleeding and gingivitis significantly.
Water flossers rely on water pulsation together with specialty probing and cleaning tips. If flossers use cleaning tips, why is the water important?
- Pulsing water stimulates blood flow and better circulation.
- Pulsing action gets deep under the gum line to remove debris and bacteria.
- Pulsing action blasts food particles from between teeth.
Water flosser products may suggest the addition of mouthwash to the water reservoir, but what do they also recommend?
- Using a full strength mouthwash after each use
- Rinsing the reservoir after each use
- Only using mouthwashes that contain alcohol
According to the American Academy of Periodontology, what percentage of Americans have some form of gum disease?
- 20 percent
- 75 percent
- 50 percent
Name the ideal location in which to use a water flosser?
- In the shower
- Leaning over the sink
- Leaning over the tub
Water flossers can be very effective at removing food and bacteria from braces. About how many new patients receive some sort of orthodontic therapy every year?
Water flossers can help treat gingivitis symptoms before they result in serious gum disease. What are the symptoms of gingivitis? Hey, you need to know what to look for.
- Halitosis and yellowing teeth
- Swelling, redness and bleeding
- Receding gums and white patches
Is gingivitis painful?
- Yes. Gingivitis burns and itches.
- Yes. Gingivitis can cause gum pain and toothaches.
- No. Gingivitis usually isn't painful.
Water flossing can help protect gums from peridontal disease. What medical condition causes a greater risk of developing early onset or severe periodontal disease?
- Celiac disease
What common condition can cause a greater risk for developing gingivitis?
- Grinding your teeth
Periodontitis can result pockets or gaps in the gums. Do the gaps disappear after treatment?
- With proper treatment pockets disappear.
- Pockets can remain even after treatment.
- It depends on the age of the patient.
Can you use a water flosser instead of brushing your teeth?
What activity increases your risk fourfold for developing periodontal disease?
- Eating hard candy
What percentage of Americans floss daily?
- 5.6 percent
- 13.5 percent
- 34 percent