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So you’ve acquired or received a water flosser, but you’re intimidated by the thought of using it. You’re used to flossing, and this new machine is the start of the robot uprising. We hear you. Numerous of our patients actually favor water flossing to traditional flossing, and though the change from traditional flossing can take a bit of time to get used to, it can be a great way to keep your mouth healthy.

Here are some instructions on using your water flosser for the first time:

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

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

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

-Because this is your first time operating the water flosser, turn it on using the lowest-available setting; after several uses of the water flosser on its lower setting, you can choose if the higher setting is better for you.

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

-After washing all of your chompers, empty the basin of any remaining water and rinse the spout off to get rid of any germs.

And voila! You’ve just completed your first water flossing session. We hope it was a pleasant experience for you and that you’ll continue flossing once per day for your life. For additional info about water flossers and using them, come see us for a dental checkup. Phone us at 801-766-3700 now to set up your next checkup to our Center Creek Dental office in Lehi, Utah, with Dr. Ferrell.