Waterpik: make the connection between oral and general health
The best way for patients to look after their oral health is under the guidance of a dental professional. However, widespread lockdown measures across the UK meant that thousands of patients were not able to attend dental appointments for many months. The reality is that, unless patients are in pain, their oral health could remain fairly low on their list of priorities.
Although many patients still fail to make the connection, the link between oral health and the general health of the body is well documented. Research suggests that there is an interrelationship between oral infection, inflammation and systemic health. Patients need to be aware of this in order to avoid, not only dental problems, but the possibility of health complications in the future.
Currently, dental practices are working through a backlog of cases which means that it may be some time before some patients can visit for a routine check-up and the reinforcement of oral health education. Plus, with new protocols regarding social distancing in practices, some people may be feeling apprehensive about returning.
It therefore becomes essential to encourage patients to optimise their oral health routine at home to help them to stay as healthy as possible. Daily flossing is recognised as a fundamental element of oral hygiene, helping preserve the long-term health of the teeth and gums.
And yet, some patients find using string floss or interdental brushes time consuming, which might prevent them from taking up the practice. The Waterpik® Water Flosser, however, overcomes such difficulties by providing quick, easy and effective daily flossing.
The Waterpik range uses a combination of water pressure and pulsation to remove bacteria and debris from interproximal spaces, gingival margins and below the gum line, to clean areas that toothbrushing alone cannot reach.
It is accredited by the Oral Health Foundation and is clinically proven to be more effective than string floss and interdental brushes for removing plaque and improving gingival health. There are over 75 studies supporting the safety and effectiveness of the Waterpik range and there is a convenient solution that will match the needs of everyone.
Waterpik recognises that every patient is different and has developed a range of products and accessories that offer clinical benefits to address a wide array of oral health needs. There are water flosser models to suit any space including countertop, compact and cordless models as well as the Waterpik Complete Care range which combines a power toothbrush and a water flosser into one convenient, space-and socket-saving unit.
Dental professionals can also recommend the Waterpik Sonic Fusion – the world’s first water flossing toothbrush, which has been clinically proven to be twice as effective as regular brushing and flossing.
And there is the ever popular Waterpik Whitening Water Flosser which combines water with a gentle stain removing agent to safely restore the natural whiteness of the teeth in only four weeks – something that could provide just the motivation needed to convert even the most stubborn non-flossing patient.
During these difficult circumstances, the dental profession needs a way to connect with patients, which is why Waterpik has recently teamed up with the Tooth Fairy App.
Using video calling facilities, this innovative solution enables clinicians to reach patients and deliver advice and information as well as the reassurance, care and attention that many individuals may need before they can safely return to the practice.
You can discover more about Waterpik by arranging a virtual Lunch & Learn with one of our Professional Educators, who will provide a free Waterpik Water Flosser demo model for the practice. Physical sessions will resume whenever it is safe to do so.
To discover more, dental professionals should visit the professional section of the Waterpik website at: www.waterpik.co.uk/professional
For more information regarding the Waterpik range, visit www.waterpik.co.uk.
Waterpik products are available from Amazon, Asda, Costco UK, Argos, Boots, Superdrug online and in stores across the UK and Ireland.