Oral irrigator

Daily Use & Maintenance of the Unit

Oral irrigators have become increasingly popular because of their success in disturbing plaque biofilm. Patients must receive proper instruction regarding their use and maintenance to prevent injury and infection. Below are guidelines for daily use and maintenance.

Daily Use:

Maintenance of the device on a monthly basis is necessary to establish the irrigator is safe for daily use. Bacteria, fungi, and viruses can easily contaminate the unit if it’s not cleaned on a regular basis. Also, using tap water can cause mineral and other unwanted deposits to build up over time. Certain parts can be placed in the dishwasher to achieve disinfection. Below are the steps to clean a countertop device. Portable or cordless models should be cleaned monthly by following the manufacturer's instructions.


An oral irrigator is a great investment for every patient provided they’re instructed on usage and maintenance from a dental professional. Patients with orthodontic appliances, implants, crown and bridge, diabetes, gingivitis, periodontal disease, and those whose oral and overall health is less than ideal can certainly benefit from daily use.