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    August 17, 2022
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ORAL IRRIGATING DEVICES Q: What's the benefit of an oral irrigating device? A: An oral irrigating device can be useful in cleaning out areas of the mouth that are hard to reach with a toothbrush or floss. The device delivers a high-pressure stream of water to those difficult-to-reach places. The stream of the water is also considered beneficial as a way to stimulate blood circulation in the gums. The devices come in two basic types: electric, which makes controlling the water's pressure and temperature easy, and manual, which you hook up to your bathroom faucet. Irrigators are generally not recommended for children, but for those, say, 12 and up who may wear braces or some other sort of temporary appliance, the irrigator can be very helpful in flushing out all the nooks and crannies around the bands. Likewise, for older people, the stream allows for a thorough flushing of food debris from around bridges and any other restorative fittings. The oral irrigator is not intended to be a substitute for regular brushing and flossing, only as a valuable supplement. The stream of water, for instance, will not remove plaque. Talk with your dentist about whether you would benefit from using an oral irrigating device. Presented as a service to the community by Dr. Barbara Webster 1121 Warren Ave., Suite 130, Downers Grove, IL 60515 630-663-0554 SM-CL2004995 ORAL IRRIGATING DEVICES Q : What's the benefit of an oral irrigating device ? A : An oral irrigating device can be useful in cleaning out areas of the mouth that are hard to reach with a toothbrush or floss . The device delivers a high - pressure stream of water to those difficult - to - reach places . The stream of the water is also considered beneficial as a way to stimulate blood circulation in the gums . The devices come in two basic types : electric , which makes controlling the water's pressure and temperature easy , and manual , which you hook up to your bathroom faucet . Irrigators are generally not recommended for children , but for those , say , 12 and up who may wear braces or some other sort of temporary appliance , the irrigator can be very helpful in flushing out all the nooks and crannies around the bands . Likewise , for older people , the stream allows for a thorough flushing of food debris from around bridges and any other restorative fittings . The oral irrigator is not intended to be a substitute for regular brushing and flossing , only as a valuable supplement . The stream of water , for instance , will not remove plaque . Talk with your dentist about whether you would benefit from using an oral irrigating device . Presented as a service to the community by Dr. Barbara Webster 1121 Warren Ave. , Suite 130 , Downers Grove , IL 60515 630-663-0554 SM - CL2004995