How to Floss with a Water Flosser or Dental Floss

Using dental floss is important to your daily oral health routine. But you might hate flossing because it is awkward, difficult, or messy.

If you are looking for an effective alternative to manual or string floss, you can floss with water instead of string!

How to Floss with a Waterpik® Water Flosser

Flossing with a Water Flosser - 8 Easy Steps

Fill and place water flosser reservoir

  1. Fill the reservoir with lukewarm water and place it on the base, pressing down firmly to ensure full seating.
  2. Select the tip and press firmly into the handle.
  3. If this is the first use, set the pressure control dial to high. Point the tip into the sink and turn on until water flows. Turn unit off.
Lean over the sink

  1. Adjust the pressure control (start at low pressure).
  2. Lean over the sink and place tip in mouth.
  3. Turn unit on. Close lips to prevent splashing, while allowing water to flow from mouth into sink.
Move the flosser tip along the gums

  1. Start with the back teeth and pause briefly between teeth, aiming the tip just above the gumline at a 90 degree angle.
  2. When finished, turn unit off and use the tip eject button to remove the tip.
Depending on the Waterpik® Water Flosser model, you can use the in-handle pause or on/off switch to stop water flow if needed. You can also aim the tip using the rotating base. (These features are not available on all models.)

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