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  Posted by: Dental Design      29th March 2022

There is still some way to go to reduce the prevalence of periodontitis among the UK population. When a patient presents with periodontal disease, a team approach is often most effective for both preventing disease progression and managing their symptoms. There is a comprehensive referral pathway available for professionals, which patients may enter at different points, so it’s important for the team to identify the appropriate next steps on an individual basis. From here, working together collaboratively enables the most holistic and minimally invasive treatment.

The British Society of Periodontology has published a UK version of the European Federation of Periodontology’s S3 Treatment Guidelines for periodontitis. The aim of the document is to improve the quality of periodontal treatment delivered and support the systemic health of the UK population.

Step 1 of the guidance is focused on “Building the foundations for optimal treatment” and includes professional mechanical plaque removal, as well as personalised oral hygiene advice and patient education. This is where a clinically proven tool such as the Waterpik® Water Flosser can be hugely beneficial. It is an ideal way to tailor a patient’s at-home oral care routine, providing an easy to use interdental cleaning product that has been shown to remove plaque more effectively than alternative solutions and improve gingival health. The Water Flosser also supports step 4 of the BSP’s guidelines, which promotes the importance of maintenance for long-term oral health. 

What does the science say?

The Waterpik® Water Flosser is supported by more than 80 scientific research papers that demonstrate its ability to elevate oral health standards for a wide range of patients. The various models and tips available ensure solutions can be further customised according to each patient’s needs.

All research – available on the website – shows that the Waterpik® Water Flosser is:

  • Up to 50% more effective than string floss for improving gingival health[i]
  • Up to 50% more effective than traditional dental floss for reducing gingival bleeding[ii]
  • Up to 56% more effective for reducing bleeding than interdental brushes[iii]
  • More than twice as effective as string floss for implant patients[iv]
  • Significantly more effective than string floss for orthodontic patients[v]
  • Able to remove up to 99.9% of biofilm from treated areas in just 3 seconds[vi]

Book a Lunch & Learn today!

Want to know more about how to introduce the Waterpik® Water Flosser into your practice? Our Waterpik®Professional Educators are happy to help!

All practising dental hygienists and therapists, they will visit your practice to show you and your team the many benefits of the Waterpik® Water Flosser. They will present the research, demonstrate the product and share their own experiences of recommending the solution to their patients.

You will get:

  • Essential clinical evidence supporting the Waterpik® Water Flosser
  • A FREE lunch for all attendees
  • 1 hour of verifiable CPD
  • Product demonstration
  • A FREE demonstration model for the practice to keep

This is a great way of educating the whole team and encouraging their confidence to recommend the Waterpik® Water Flosser to patients as a clinically proven interdental cleaning solution. To join the 3,000+ dental teams who have already made the most of a Lunch & Learn, book yours as an in-person or webinar event at

Already recommend the Waterpik® Water Flosser? 

Perhaps you are already familiar with the solution and its advantages and would be interested in spreading the word amongst colleagues? Why not become Professional Educators and deliver Lunch & Learn sessions to others?

This is a great chance to diversify your work, meet new people and supplement your income in a flexible way. Right now, we are particularly looking to build our teams in the following areas:

Buckinghamshire | Cornwall | Derbyshire | Devon | Gloucestershire | Greater London | Greater Manchester | Hampshire | Kent | Oldham | Oxfordshire |

Powys – Wales | Surrey | West Midlands | West Yorkshire

If you have at least 3 years of clinical experience, 2-3 non-clinical days a month, good computer skills, a car and a valid driving licence, why not apply? To find out more, please email Charlotte at

Beyond periodontal patients

Though ideal for periodontal patients, the Waterpik® Water Flosser is also suitable for use by patients with crowns and bridges, dental implants and orthodontic appliances. Find out more today to provide your patients with the support they need to successfully elevate their oral hygiene at home.


For more information on Waterpik® products please visit Waterpik® products are available from Amazon, Costco UK, Argos, Boots, Superdrug and Tesco online and in stores across the UK and Ireland.


[i] Barnes C.M et al. Comparison of irrigation to floss as an adjunct to tooth brushing: effect on bleeding, gingivitis, and supragingival plaque. J Clin Dent. 2005;16 (3): 71-7. (accessed December 2020).

[ii] Rosema NAM et al. The effect of interdental cleaning devices on plaque biofilm and gingival bleeding. J Int Acad Periodontal 2011; 13(1):2-10

[iii] Goy CR, Lyle DM, Qaqish JG, Schuller R. Comparison of water flosser and interdental brush on reduction of gingival bleeding and plaque: a randomized controlled pilot study. J. Clin Dent 2016; 27:61-65

[iv] Magnuson B, Harsono M, Stark PC et al. Comparison of the effect of two interdental  cleaning devices around implants on reduction of bleeding: a 30-day randomized clinical trial. Compend of Contin Ed in Dent 2013; 34(Special Issue 8):2-7. Study conducted at Tufts University, School of Dental Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts.

[v] Sharma NC, Lyle DM, Qaqish JG, et al. The Effect of a Dental Water Jet with Orthodontic Tip on Plaque and Bleeding in Adolescent Orthodontic Patients with Fixed Appliances. Sharma NC, Lyle DM, Qaqish JG, et al. Am J Ortho Dentofacial Orthop 2008; 133(4):565-571. Study conducted at BioSci Research Canada, Ltd., Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

[vi] Gorur A. et al. Biofilm removal with a dental water jet. Compend Contin Ed Dent. 30(Special Iss 1):1–6. [Accessed 2nd November 2020]

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