ToothShower frequently asked question, we have answers. ToothShower FAQ.
- What exactly is the ToothShower?
ToothShower is an oral home care appliance developed by a dental hygienist and a team of engineers to remove plaque (biofilm) surrounding and in between the teeth. It uses a jet stream of water to remove the plaque. It includes three attachments to brush, flush, and massage the teeth and gums. This is all done in the shower for an easy and enjoyable way to clean your teeth.
- Is it the same thing as an oral irrigator/water flosser?
Yes, the ToothShower is an oral irrigator/water flosser. Most oral irrigators on the market today work off a battery and need refilling, while the effectiveness of the ToothShower relies on the power from the shower water pressure. The technologies are different in that the ToothShower enables more compliance, ease of use, no mess to clean up and an endless supply of water.
- Is it an alternative to flossing?
Yes, studies have shown oral irrigation to be beneficial for healing bleeding gums and removing plaque. Your toothbrush does not fully reach between your teeth and floss can be difficult to use. Teeth have five sides to them, and a toothbrush is only cleaning three of those sides. There are two more sides to each tooth, these sides are where the teeth touch each other. The ToothShower attachments will enable you to clean 100% of your teeth surfaces.
- Is the ToothShower FDA registered?
The FDA considers an oral irrigator, tooth brush and a gum massager to all be Class 1 medical devices. The ToothShower will be registered and listed with the FDA along with being manufactured in an FDA-registered manufacturer with Good Manufacturing Practices.
- Can I adjust the pressure if my gums are sensitive?
Yes, since the water force behind the ToothShower technology is adjustable with a comfort dial, it is recommended to start on the lower pressure until your gums are comfortable to the pressure. Since it is used in the shower, warm water is always available to aid against cold sensitivity.
- Can you use mouthwash or tooth whitener in the ToothShower?
Yes, the appliance has been designed to be filled with a mouth rinse to kill germs and freshen breath. You can also use a whitening, desensitizing or fluoridated mouthwash, depending on the desired results. Do not use with mouth rinses containing high concentrations of essential oils as they may damage the device.
- Can the device be shared?
Yes, ToothShower has been designed for more than one user. There are two storage areas for each user’s three attachments, enabling at least six total attachments to be stored. There are different colored rings on the attachments for easy identification.
- Does it require charging or counterspace?
No, the ToothShower does not have a battery. This design makes it convenient to use, requiring no recharging, and it saves on space at the bathroom counter.
- Can the ToothShower clean the tongue?
Yes, the toothbrush has shorter silicone bristles on the back of the toothbrush head that can be used to clean debris and dead skin cells off the tongue.
- Is there a recommended order to utilizing the three attachments?
No, all three attachments reach their own unique areas. This ensures that plaque is removed thoroughly and helps build better oral care habits. Our BRUSH. FLUSH. MASSAGE. tagline is meant as a suggested order.
- How is the dual-headed toothbrush recommended to be used?
It is recommended that this soft-bristled toothbrush be used in a circular motion to brush the entire visible surfaces and the gum line. The dual headed toothbrush is conveniently reaching both the inside and outside simultaneously. You can have your own fluoridated toothpaste in the shower to use with the toothbrush, or you can brush with a fluoridated mouth rinse from the ToothShower reservoir. It is recommended that you replace the toothbrush every 3-6 months.
- How do I use the irrigating tip?
The irrigating tip is placed at a 90-degree angle to the gum line. The tip is moved along the gum line to clean above and below the gum and in between the teeth. The irrigating tip can be used on the inside (tongue side) and outside (cheek side) of the teeth. It takes about 60 seconds to clean between the teeth by spending a couple of seconds per interproximal (between teeth) space. The irrigating tip is recommended to be replaced every 6-12 months.
- How do I use the irrigating gum massager?
The gum massager/irrigator flushes water from the cheek side out through tongue side of the teeth removing food and bacteria debris. It is placed directly onto the gum tissue surrounding the teeth for massaging the gums while irrigating. Less than 10 seconds is required with the innovative gum massager/irrigator. The gum massager is recommended to be replaced every 6-12 months. Please note: the gum massager is most efficient with all the water diverted from the showerhead to the ToothShower for this brief time of use.
- How does the ToothShower work with braces?
Flossing is very difficult and frustrating with braces. Oral irrigation has been proven to be very effective in removing debris around orthodontic bands. All three accessories attachments are designed to be effective for use with braces.
- Can I adjust the amount of water being shared between my showerhead and the ToothShower?
Yes, there is a diverter valve placed in between the showerhead and the plumbing pipe coming from the wall. This diverter valve is used to adjust how much water is diverted to the showerhead or the ToothShower. The more water flow diverted to the ToothShower, the stronger its flow and consequently its pressure will be.
- Is ToothShower safe to use if you have periodontal pockets?
Yes, the full depth of the periodontal pocket may not be reached, but the water flushing can assist in treating the progression of the periodontal disease. Please consult with your dental professional as to treating periodontal pockets deeper than 4 mm or if you have recently had periodontal surgery.
- Can children safely use it?
ToothShower has been designed for use by children age 13 years of age and over.
Q. Is the plumbing in other countries outside of the United States compatible?
The universal standard sized piping extending from the shower wall is a ½” pipe size worldwide. In the United States, it is referred to as ½” NPT (National Pipe Threads) and in Europe, Asia and Africa it is ½” BSP (British Pipe Thread). Even though there are two different names for these pipe size standards, they closely match. The difference between these two thread types can be seen in the pitch (angle of the thread); and to compensate for this plumbing, thread tape is recommended and included in the packaging.
- Do I have to use the ToothShower every day to be effective?
No, cleaning between the teeth is effective to assist in preventing gum disease whether done once a week or seven times a week. However, to be most effective, at least once a day is recommended.