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How to Use Peroxide in My Waterpik

author image Jonae Fredericks
Jonae Fredericks started writing in 2007. She also has a background as a licensed cosmetologist and certified skin-care specialist. Jonae Fredericks is a certified paraeducator, presently working in the public education system.
How to Use Peroxide in My Waterpik
Hydrogen peroxide can rinse away debris and harmful bacteria. Photo Credit: Dave & Les Jacobs/Blend Images/Getty Images

If you have sensitive gums that bleed and are often inflamed or red, Merck explains that these are the symptoms of a common condition known as gingivitis. Care of gingivitis includes rinsing the gums daily with a solution that kills the bacteria responsible for the condition. If you have a Waterpik, a dilution of 3-percent hydrogen peroxide can rinse away debris and harmful bacteria residing on your gums and teeth.

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Step 1

Hold your Waterpik in the upright position. Lift the lid to your Waterpik’s reservoir, which is located just behind the base of the jet tip.

Step 2

Fill the reservoir half full with lukewarm water. Fill the remaining half of the reservoir with 3-percent hydrogen peroxide.

Step 3

Snap the lid to the reservoir closed. Direct the jet tip toward your teeth and press the “On” button on the front of the Waterpik.

Step 4

Spray the gums in between each of your teeth for approximately 5 seconds per tooth, using the 1:1 ratio of water and 3-percent hydrogen peroxide.

Step 5

Power the Waterpik unit “Off” after use. Empty the reservoir, rinsing it with clean water afterward. Repeat the process daily.

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