If You'Re Tickling Yourself With Your Water Flosser, Here Are Some Things To Try

Using a water flosser can be an effective way to keep your mouth clean. While this device isn't an alternative to brushing, and is best to use in conjunction with traditional flossing, it can go a long way toward reducing the bacteria that leads to a variety of oral health problems. If you've tried using a water flosser but have found that the stream of water tickles your mouth somewhat, you might have set the device aside. It's time to dust it off and try it again — but with these changes.

Turn Down The Intensity

It's possible that you'll find some relief for the tickling sensation that you've been experiencing by turning down the intensity of your water flosser. Many of these devices are equipped with a sliding knob that allows you to control the speed/pressure of the water, so try a lower setting. The water won't come out of the device quite as quickly, which means that it won't hit your gums, tongue, and the roof of your mouth with as much force. This can make a difference in how much this stream of water tickles you.

Improve Your Aim

If you're tickling your mouth when you use a water flosser, it's highly possible that you're letting the water hit you in places that it doesn't necessarily need to. For example, many people find that something touching the roof of their mouth is tickly — but there's really no need to spray the water against the roof of your mouth when your goal of using this device is to clean your teeth. Improving your precision with the water flosser can go a long way toward reducing how much it tickles your mouth. Focus on spraying between your teeth and along the gumline of each tooth, and you may quickly notice that this process no longer tickles you.

Warm Up The Water

Many people use cold water in their water flosser, simply because it can feel refreshing. The contrast between the cold water and the warmth of your mouth, however, may contribute to the jet of liquid tickling you a bit. You may find some amount of relief from warming the water until it's roughly the same temperature as your mouth. There will be less of a contrast when the water touches your mouth, which may be more pleasant. If you have specific questions about maximizing your use of the water flosser, consult your dentist.