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So you’ve purchased or otherwise received a water flosser, but you’re scared by the thought of using it. You’re used to flossing, and this new machine is the beginning of the robot uprising. We hear you. A number of our patients actually prefer water flossing to traditional flossing, and though the transition from traditional flossing can take a bit of time to become familiar with, it can be a great way to keep your mouth healthy.

Here are some bits of advice on using your water flosser for the first time:

-First, flush out the basin of the flosser (without using soap) to ensure that any particles have been rinsed out.

-Once the basin has been rinsed out, fill the water flosser with the suggested amount of water.

-Place the spout into your oral cavity and close your lips.

-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 determine if the higher setting is better for you.

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

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

And voila! You’ve just finished your first water flossing session. We hope it was an enjoyable experience for you and that you’ll continue flossing once daily for your life. For extra information about water flossers and how to use them, come see us for an oral appointment. Contact us at 318-640-3200 now to schedule your next visit to our Cenla Dentistry office in Pineville, Louisiana, with Dr. Honey Fiasconaro.