Dear Dr. Ellie:
I just ordered your Zellies and the Starter Pack, but I am wondering how you feel about using a Waterpik. I love mine because I have pocketing.
Thank you for your question and for your Zellies order.
I do not personally recommend the Waterpik since I have not seen or heard of improved results from patients using this device. It would “seem” to make sense but in reality I find most people using the Waterpik get “stuck’ with pocketing that never resolves completely.
I recommend regular and sustained use of my three rinse program. The Closys ( first rinse) appears to usefully “pull” bacteria out of the pockets and people see great results with simple rinsing.
Personally, I advise people to put their Waterpic devices away and give the simple system time to work by itself. I advise that you use good rinsing (swish around the molars or any teeth that you know have problems) and also use the rest of the system, twice or three times a day. (Don’t forget to eat at least 6 grams of xylitol in some shape or form : mints, gum or directly off a spoon at the end of every meal, snack or drink throughout the day.)
Be on the alert for mouth acidity!
Next time you go for a dental appointment determine from your health professional if things are looking better. You may then decide to continue with rinsing until your pockets go away.
I would be interested to hear back from you about the results you achieve.
Ellie Phillips DDS
26 Corporate Woods
Rochester, NY 14623