Originally Posted by NW-Bound
I have used a Waterpik for decades. I floss, brush, and use the Waterpik immediately after a meal when I am home, which means I clean my teeth about 3 times a day.
I'm not an expert, but all that brushing and mechanical manipulation sounds like it could be tough on delicate gum tissue. I know that using anything but the softest toothbrush and a light touch can cause receding gums in some people, and that's with twice-a-day brushing.
There's no point in keeping those pearly whites cavity free if they fall out because the gums are worn down and the germies can thus get a foothold in the pockets. I think there's a balance to be struck, and that sometimes less can be more in this area.