An alarming amount of adult Americans 30 and over have periodontitis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Periodontitis is the advanced form of periodontal disease that approximately 64.7 Americans are living with. It is more common in men than in women and it increases with age. It's not pretty; your gums might bleed, become swollen, recede and teeth may loosen or fall out. It is immensely important therefore to keep your mouth clean and avoid habits such as smoking that increase the chances of developing this unsightly disease.

What is Gum (Periodontal) Disease?

Periodontal disease is an inflammatory disease that can range from gum inflammation to major damage to the soft tissue/bone that support teeth. As stated above gums can recede, teeth fall out etc. It is caused by bacteria that form plaque build-up and eventually turn into tartar. There are two forms of periodontal disease:


Gingivitis is the milder form of gum disease. You may notice swollen gums and bleeding in this stage. At this point it is reversible if you brush and floss daily as well as see your dentist for a professional cleaning.


Periodontitis is the advanced form of periodontal disease I mentioned earlier that a large amount of Americans are suffering from. This can lead to loss of tissue and bone that support the teeth and eventually aggressive periodontitis where the symptoms become more rapid and highly damaging.

Does a Waterpik Help with Gum Disease?

So where does a Waterpik come in? Using a water flosser as part of your daily oral care routine can be beneficial in prevention of gum disease. Click here to learn how to properly use a Waterpik.

Water Flosser for Gingivitis:

As gingivitis is the early, mild form of gum disease, it can be more easily treated and/or prevented through dental visits and a strict oral care routine. This includes brushing and flossing daily. A waterpik can make the chore of flossing daily an easier, more enjoyable one.


Waterpiks were shown to be 51% more effective than string floss for reducing gingivitis and 80% more effective than Sonicare® Air Floss (Model HX8181) for reducing plaque and gingivitis.

Water Flosser for Periodontal Disease:

If gingivitis was not properly treated and you are at the more severe periodontitis stage, using an oral irrigator is a very effective way to improve your gum health. A water flosser will get to those areas that are hard to reach with a toothbrush and/or regular dental floss. The Waterpik cleans deep between the teeth and below the gumline.

Remember to see your dental professional regularly for advice and treatment. Only they can determine the best treatment for you.

Water Flossers & Bleeding

Sometimes gums temporarily bleed when you begin a new flossing routine. No big deal. But bleeding gums is also a symptom of gum disease and you need to pay a visit to your dentist if this is the case. Besides seeing your dentist, it's important to brush and floss daily. The best treatment for bleeding gums is to remove plaque bacteria from your teeth and we've already explained how beneficial water flossers can be for this purpose.

What is the Best Water Flosser for Gum Disease?

Let's take a look at the Waterpik Ultra as our choice for those suffering from gum disease.


The Ultra has a wide range of pressure settings that are ideal for gently delivering therapeutic rinse to periodontal pockets or using high pressure to remove stubborn plaque and debris.

Plaque Seeker Tip:

Specially designed for cleaning areas that are susceptible to plaque accumulation. It has 3 thin tufts of bristles.

Pik Pocket Tip:

Periodontal pockets are deep spaces around your teeth formed by inflammation and swelling due to plaque and tartar. Waterpik has created a Pik Pocket tip that was designed for deep cleaning periodontal pockets and furcations and can reach 90% of a 6mm pocket. It has a soft rubber tip that can be used to gently deliver therapeutic rinses prescribed by a dental professional.


You can add mouthwashes or therapeutic rinses to the reservoir.


A water flosser can be a great tool for prevention of plaque and tartar build-up in your mouth which can eventually lead to gum disease. With so many Americans being affected by the disease, it's helpful to know there is a way to help prevent and treat the issue along with dental visits.

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Aurora is the lead editor here at She is one of those people who actually likes going to the dentist. She loves to write about anything health related, but oral health is her most passionate topic. Her free time is spent partaking in family activities and experimenting in the kitchen.

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