May 2021
Volume 42, Issue 5

Waterpik Sonic-Fusion® 2.0 Fights Oral Disease More Effectively and Efficiently

Most dental hygienists would relish the thought of being able to avoid that awkward moment when they have to ask their patient if they've been flossing, even when both parties already know the answer. Now, a one-of-a-kind new product may provide a way to ease patients into flossing more frequently, says Joy D. Void-Holmes, RDH.

"I have always enjoyed the preventative aspect of dentistry, especially patient education," she says. "My passion has always been to teach people about the importance of oral health and to use my hands to assist patients with disease prevention through dental hygiene instrumentation."

A dental hygienist for more than 20 years, Void-Holmes' new "secret weapon" for the floss conversation with patients, she says, is the Waterpik® Sonic-Fusion® 2.0 Power Toothbrush/Water Flosser.

"There is nothing like the Sonic-Fusion 2.0 on the market. No other device allows you to brush and perform interdental cleaning with water flossing technology at the same time," Void-Holmes says. "You get the best of both worlds. As clinicians, we benefit because our patients are able to remove more biofilm and debris in hard-to-reach areas in the mouth, thus creating a healthier oral environment."

The Waterpik Sonic-Fusion 2.0 is the next generation of the world's first flossing toothbrush, she states, and it has been improved with up to two times the bristle tip speed versus the original Sonic-Fusion, high/low brush settings, and quiet operation.

"The Sonic-Fusion 2.0 is much quieter than the first-generation model, and I can adjust the speed of the brush to high or low. I really love the new charging capability; I can use this brush much longer without having to charge it," she says.

The Waterpik Sonic-Fusion 2.0 is a simple, easy-to-use solution for superior oral health, Void-Holmes asserts. It provides effective plaque removal-up to 99.9% of plaque from treated areas-and is up to two times as effective for removing plaque versus regular brushing and flossing, according to the manufacturer.

Without switching products, the patient can choose to brush, water floss, or brush and water floss by pressing a button. The Sonic-Fusion 2.0 is clinically proven to be up to twice as effective for improving gum health versus string floss, and it removes plaque and debris deep between the teeth and below the gumline where brushing and traditional flossing cannot reach, the manufacturer states.

"This innovative new product and technology has been a game changer in my opinion," Void-Holmes says. "It allows dental professionals to fight disease at a microscopic level more effectively and efficiently. In addition, it gives patients another option for combating dental disease at home, which is key in moving away from a ‘one-size-fits-all' homecare approach."

Patients having this capability is especially important in today's environment with the prevalence of COVID-19, she proposes, as people have been home a lot more and may be less likely to get to their dentist for a regular cleaning.

"Recent studies suggest that individuals suffer a greater incidence of COVID-19 if they have periodontal disease," Void-Holmes says. "It stands to reason that oral healthcare is crucial in protecting individuals from getting or developing severe cases of the virus. While I love my string floss, I also know what the evidence tells me and what the results indicate after using a Waterpik unit, especially my Sonic-Fusion 2.0."

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