Water Pik, Fort Collins, Colo, introduces the Orthodontic Tip for its Waterpik® dental water jet. The Orthodontic Tip features a tapered brush on the end, which allows for simultaneous irrigating and brushing around the teeth, brackets, and archwires. The tip is included with the Waterpik Ultra dental water jet or the Ultra cordless dental water jet.
A study published in the April issue of the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics compared the Waterpik dental water jet with orthodontic tip to flossing. In this single-blind, parallel, randomized 4-week clinical trial, the group that used the Waterpik dental water jet plus the orthodontic tip removed three times the amount of plaque and reduced 26% more bleeding compared to the flossing group.1 Additionally, 94% of the Waterpik dental water jet group indicated that using the dental water jet was "very easy" or "somewhat easy" compared to 53% for the floss group. 92% of the Waterpik dental water jet group indicated that they would use the product "every day" or "frequently," compared to 59% for the floss group.
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1. Sharma NC, Lyle DM, Qaqish J, Galustians J, Schuller R. Effects of a dental water jet with orthodontic tip on plaque and bleeding in adolescent patients with fixed orthodontic appliances. Am J Ortho Dentofacial Orthop. 2008;133(4):565-571.