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So you’ve obtained or otherwise received a water flosser, but you’re scared of using it. You’re used to flossing traditionally, and this new machine is the genesis of the robot uprising. We hear you. A number of our patients actually favor water flossing to traditional flossing, and though the change from traditional flossing can take a bit of time to acquaint with, it can be an awesome 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 ensure that any particles or dust have been removed.

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

-Place the spout of the water flosser into your mouth and close your lips to prevent water splashes.

-Since 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 decide if the higher setting is better for you.

-Starting at the back of your pearly whites, point the spout just above your gumline and at a 45-degree tilt. Let the spout spray water for two seconds before moving it.

-After washing all of your pearly whites, empty the basin of any remaining water and wash the spout off to destroy any germs.

And voila! You’ve just finished your first water flossing session. We hope it was a good experience for you and that you’ll continue flossing once daily throughout your life. For more information about water flossers and using them, come see us for an oral appointment. Phone us at 208-343-4732 now to schedule your next appointment to our High Desert Dental office in Boise, Idaho, with Dr. Matthew Fethke.