Does Flossing with a Waterpik® Water Flosser Hurt?

Have you considered using a Waterpik® Water Flosser, but were skeptical because you thought it might be uncomfortable or hurt your gums? Well, we have great news: the Waterpik® Water Flosser is gentle, soothing, and more effective than string floss!

Flossing Shouldn't Hurt Your Gums

Especially in comparison to string flossing, water flossing is much kinder to your gums and shouldn't hurt:

  • String flossing can be painful -- If you use too much force or the space between your teeth is tight, string floss can snap and cut into your gum tissue.
  • Water flossing is more comfortable -- When you use the Water Flosser, the pulsating water has a soothing effect on the gums.
  • Water flossing is more effective -- Clinical studies show that the Water Flosser is more effective than dental floss at reducing bleeding gums and removing plaque.


The Water Flosser provides a gentle, yet powerful clean:

Tips for Proper Waterpik® Water Flosser Use

When done correctly, water flossing does not hurt, especially if you follow these tips:

  • Use warm water
  • Start on the lowest pressure setting
  • Point the flosser tip at the gumline, at a 90-degree angle


To start, we recommend using warm water. This is typically more comfortable, especially if you have sensitive teeth.

Proper water pressure is important when you are new to water flossing. Begin on the lowest pressure setting to see how it feels on your gums. Think of it as how “in-shape” your gums are. As your gums adapt, you can gradually increase the pressure to your comfort level, and it should not hurt as you do so.

Also, be sure to point the tip at the gumline at a 90 degree angle, and use the pause or on/off switch features (if applicable) if you need to temporarily stop water flow.

To see a video and step-by-step instructions, go to our How to Use a Waterpik® Water Flosser page.

Strengthening Your Gums

If you have not been flossing regularly and experience discomfort, then it might take two weeks of daily water flossing to strengthen your gums. This is due to gum health issues rather than water flossing itself. (If your discomfort persists or you experience bleeding gums that hurt or are red and swollen, contact a dental professional for an assessment of your oral health.)

Healthier Gums in 14 Days - Guaranteed!

If you have unhealthy gum tissue, the temporary discomfort that you might experience at first with water flossing is rather small compared to the discomfort from possible gum disease or other oral health related issues.

With daily use of the Waterpik® Water Flosser, we guarantee that you will have stronger, healthier gums in 14 days or we will refund your money, no questions asked!

What are you waiting for? Using a Waterpik® Water Flosser does not hurt and is actually good for your gums, so get a happier, healthier smile today!