A dental irrigator is another myth and mistake concerning dental hygiene. The manufacturers try to inform us about the most modern and useful help against tooth decay.
What is the truth?
Why it does not work
A dental irrigator cannot remove dental plaque. To do so it would have to have much higher pressure. But higher pressure would cut the gums.
That is why the pressure of a dental irrigator is very low due to safety and so it cannot help with dental hygiene.
So what can a dental irrigator do?
A dental irrigator only cleans the teeth from leftover food. For example patients with braces can use it to help them. But it is always necessary to use a normal toothbrush and an interdental toothbrush. If someone is only using a dental irrigator, he or she will soon become our patient.