10 Cases When You Need an Irrigator

Sometimes it is not enough to clean your teeth just with a brush and paste. In this case your family dentist may suggest using an irrigator. That’s a device for washing the interdental spaces with a thin stream of water under pressure. Dentists name no less than ten categories of patients who need an irrigator.

Weak tooth enamel

The thickness of the enamel can be an individual feature and depend on genetics and the general condition of the body. Another reason for enamel thinning is that there are problems in the areas of adhesion of the teeth to the gums. Bacteria accumulate in those gaps and provoke the erosion of enamel.

Food particles remain in the interdental spaces, which are difficult to remove with a brush and even dental floss. An irrigator is a salvation for those who do not clean everything with a brush.

Bleeding gums

There are many reasons for gum bleeding from periodontitis to internal diseases. And in such cases, you just need enhanced hygiene with solutions of antiseptics or herbal infusions. In most irrigators, the stream pressure can be adjusted to prevent injury to the gums while effectively removing food debris.


For all wearing braces, the issue of oral hygiene is paramount. It would be foolish to correct the bite, but get erosions and caries. After the installation of braces, the patient always receives a recommendation to take care of the oral cavity with an irrigator.

Crowns and veneers

It is important to know that the gum around the crowned tooth gradually descends, and the neck of the tooth is exposed. This descending may be invisible, but for food debris that is a gate. The brush does not cope with such things, as well as the floss. Only washing with a thin stream under pressure solves this problem. 

The same is about veneers, though they’re installed only on the front surface of teeth. The durability of the structure largely depends on the level of hygiene.

Dental bridges

Dental bridge is a connecting structure between two teeth with artificial crowns in case one or more teeth are missing between them. The gum may gradually move. As a result, a gap is formed between the bridge and the gum, which can be overlooked. Irrigator kits often include special attachments with fine brushes for cleaning bridges and braces.

ENT diseases and flu

In case of such illnesses, the mucous membranes of the nasopharynx may suffer from dryness. This can be the consequence of poor ecology and medication. And dry mucous membranes become easily permeable to viruses and bacteria.

The most common water-salt solution not only disinfects, but also restores the moisture of the mucous membranes, therefore rinsing the nose with an irrigator and a special nozzle is quite helpful.


The problem may arise not only due to dental problems. There may be disorders of the gastrointestinal tract or diabetes. But in half of the cases, bad breath indicates poor hygiene and the presence of periodontal pockets. They appear when the gum moves away from the neck of the tooth and forms a small cavity. 

Taking care of the pocket area is necessary, and some irrigators are equipped with special periodontal nozzles that can deal with the problem. A regular stream will also help a lot. In addition, there may be a nozzle for cleaning the tongue in the irrigator kit. It is necessary for people whose odor problem is associated not with dental, but with other diseases.


Life with an implant means constant use of the irrigator, because even a slight inflammation can lead to the rejection of the whole structure.

Diabetes and smoking

With diabetes or active smoking, the condition of the teeth and gums suffers greatly. In case of diabetes, gums often bleed. And smoking causes nicotine plaque on teeth. In both cases, special care is needed.


The body of a pregnant woman loses calcium, as it is necessary for the formation of the baby's skeleton. With loss of calcium the condition of the mother's teeth may deteriorate. The irrigator will not add minerals, but it will provide an excellent level of hygiene so that the teeth do not also experience external stress from plaque and food debris.