Category: dental health

What’s a Water Pick?

Dental problems can cause a lot of other issues to happen all because you didn’t brush your teeth well enough in the recent past. Cavities begin to emerge. Your gums start bleeding. The next thing you know, you have a few teeth that need pulled entirely and your breath chronically smells bad.

Basically, one issue will end up causing more to pop up if you don’t take care of your mouth and your teeth. The good thing is that most of your dental issues are reversible, even if they get pretty bad. The bad thing is that it can hurt, cause you to have to spend a lot of money, and even damage other parts of your body if you’re not careful.

But let’s talk about one of the most common issues Americans deal with on a health basis in general: gingivitis.

You’ve likely heard of the term. But do you know what it means?

Basically, it’s gum disease. And what happens is that plaque gets into your gum line, causing it to recede, be much weaker, bleed when you brush, and can cause other side effects like bad breath and periodontitis. And trust me, you do not want it to get to the periodontitis stage.

Luckily, gingivitis is reversible so long as you tell your dentist you think you may have the onset of gum disease (or let them tell you so long as you’re visiting regularly).

They may do some dental work to help get the reversal started. They may also recommend something called a water pick. I actually just recently found out about water picks when a buddy mentioned he was using one. I knew I had to get one of my own ASAP to help with my own slight gum disease problem.

Here’s how they work:

Fill the reservoir

You first need to fill it up with water so that the device can spray water at your teeth to do the work it needs.

Start with the lowest pressure setting

You don’t want your mouth to bleed even more because you used such a high pressure setting that it cuts your gums. Start low and gradually raise it when your mouth can handle it.

Keep your mouth closed over it

You don’t want water to splash everywhere and get all over the place, but you also can’t completely close your mouth on the water pick.

Aim at your gumline

This is where all the magic happens. By aiming at your gums, you can slowly (and I mean over the period of a few months) reverse the gum disease that has set in under your gum line.