However, that being said, I decided to do a little experiment to see whether the WaterPik used on high pressure twice a day would be efficacious in lieu of cleaning between the teeth with a toothbrush, floss or tooth pick
Well, the results are in. The hygienist cleaned my teeth this past Thursday and there was not a speck of plaque, no bleeding, and no inflammation. She was amazed because at my prior visit, I had more debris despite my efforts with a daily tooth pick.
I've now observed a number of my patients who I have been placing on a WaterPik twice a day and I've seen a marked improvement in their oral hygiene.
The reason a WaterPik works but only when used twice a day, is because the plaque, the sticky film that forms on your teeth from your saliva, for many patients begins to form within 8-12 hours of having a professional teeth cleaning or you cleaning them completely yourself. If you don't disturb that plaque film every 8-12 hours, the film gets thick enough to start irritating the gums. Multiply that by 365 days and you have plaque on your teeth for half of that time causing the decay and inflammation that we see on a regular basis. This happens independent of food. Eating does not cause plaque development any more or less. Food does provide a substrate in the form of sugar to help cause decay but it does not cause plaque and does not cause periodontal disease.
In addition, I have been using a Radius toothbrush which I have mentioned to many of my colleagues, hygienists and patients. I found this to be a wonderful device that enables me to brush my teeth more efficaciously and quickly. It takes me a little over three minutes in the morning to brush and WaterPik and the same in the evening.
The results have been more than outstanding and I would urge all of you to consider this as a daily regimen.
As I've discussed many times, preventing disease is a lot easier than treating it.
Happy and Healthy Holidays to all of you!
Victor M. Sternberg, D.M.D.