Pros and Cons of Using a Water Pick

Water Pick

Water Pick

Water picks have been around since the early 1960’s and over the past 50 years have drifted in and out of popularity. While many people are intrigued with the idea of using water to remove plaque, they’re concerned the process may be too messy or that it won’t do as good a job as their tried and true dental floss. That is why the majority of dental health professionals suggest incorporating a water pick into your daily oral hygiene routine along with brushing and flossing. As with pretty much everything else in life there are pros and cons to be considered and that includes deciding if a water pick is a good fit for your lifestyle.


  • Perhaps you have tooth sensitivity or your gums bleed easily. The water flow produced by a water pick is very gentle and is less likely to cause irritation or additional bleeding.
  • For those individuals who have gum disease a water pick can easily flush away food particles and bacteria which have accumulated around the pockets that often form as the gum recedes from the tooth.
  • Water picks are great for people who have braces or a great deal of restorative dental work. Most water picks sold today come complete with specialized tips including one designed specifically for orthodontic care.


  • As with anything new, there will be a learning curve. Keep an extra towel close by until you master your technique.
  • Unless directed by your dentist, a water pick should never be used in place of flossing. Flossing is the only method for being able to clean between two teeth that are physically touching.

Still have questions or not sure which water pick model is right for you? Please contact Ellis Dental today for assistance.