Water Pik Flosser gets the ADA Seal of Acceptance

The ADA recently gave Water Pik Water Flosser the ADA Seal of Acceptance. One of the five Water Pik Water Flosser’s that was approved was our Waterpik Aquarius Professional, which is what Dr. Cohen recommends to his patients.

To earn the Seal of acceptance Water Pik had to endure various clinical studies and laboratory tests that meet ADA requirements for product safety.

This water flosser is easy and a more effective way to floss. Its pulse-modulation technology removes maximum plaque removal, enhanced gum stimulation, and improves circulation. It has a one-minute timer installed and a 30-second pacer ensures thorough water flossing of all areas. The Waterpik Water Flosser is clinically proven to be more effective than traditional floss and helps reduce plaque build-up, gingivitis, and gum disease. This flosser is especially recommended for our patients with implants, crowns, bridges, veneers and braces.

Health Tip: Managing With Sensitive Teeth

Sensitive teeth can make drinking your morning coffee or eating an ice cream cone a painful experience.

The American Dental Association’s mouthhealthy.org website suggests how to manage sensitive teeth:

  • Brush with a desensitizing toothpaste.
  • Get a fluoride gel treatment at our office.
  • Have Dr. Cohen apply a crown, inlay or bonding to correct tooth abnormalities.
  • Consider a surgical gum graft to protect an exposed root.
  • Talk to Dr. Cohen about the potential need for any other additional treatment

Bridge vs. Dental Implant

Having a missing tooth is not ideal and can make you feel uncomfortable, especially when smiling. For these reasons, it is extremely important to replace that tooth, not only as an esthetic problem, it can lead to bone loss, changes in structure and drifting of the adjacent teeth.

Solution: crown and bridge or dental implant.

A dental implant is the most closely resembles a natural tooth. Some benefits of dental implants are:

  • Bone preservation.
  • Natural look and feel
  • Unaffected adjacent teeth

A bridge is a frame on which two crowns and a false tooth are attached. There are three parts because the two healthy teeth on either side of the gap must be ground down to anchor the bridge. The bridge covers the prepared teeth that are left after grinding. The false tooth would sit in the missing tooth location above the gum. The bridge does not replace the root of the missing tooth so bone loss can occur.

The cost of a bridge can be less expensive that dental implants, however, the life span of a bridge is typically less than an implant. Further more, the adjacent teeth that were prepared can be susceptible to future problems, like decay.

A dental implant option replaces the entire tooth and root without having to compromise any adjacent teeth. Dental implants might be more expensive than a bridge but it is designed to be a permanent solution.

Between Dr. Cohen and yourself, you can decide which option would be right for you.