At this point, you must be familiar with what a Waterpik or water flosser is. In case you are not, these are mostly wireless devices that spray water at a rate that is intended to remove plaque from your teeth.
How does it work?
If you’re having PTSD from your last dental visit than don’t worry. Water flossing is a simple way to manage and clean your own teeth and hopefully reducing your regular cleaning checkups to the dentist in the future.
Here’s a quick video on how it works:
- Fill the tank with water until it is full.
- Adjust your speed.
- Place it near your tooth or teeth
- And press the on button
It’s no rocket science. Water flossing at times is easier to learn and master than thread flossing.
Water has the ability to push the plaque out from your teeth at any speed.
Is it more effective than thread flossing?
Water flossing is 50% better than thread flossing. It is less invasive and therefore causes less damage to the periodontal fibers that attach your gum to your teeth resulting in an overall less bleeding from flossing.
You can position the water flosser more accurately to ensure that you are able to reach all areas. It is proven to remove plaque up to 99.9%.
You can add more antibacterial liquid in the water tank and mix it with the water to prevent future bacteria or plaque from accumulating.
Does it hurt?
If you use water flossers at maximum speed, they can be a little painful to use initially. Most users adjust the speed setting according to what works best for them. Mostly, water flossers are designed to be less painful.
What speed should I be using?
If you have braces or any retainers, it is recommended that you do not use the water flosser at a high speed as it can displace the braces or retainers.
No need to panic, you can start off at a medium or low speed and those are equally effective. There are separate tips designed to help you around your braces and combined with the slow speed would perfectly remove the plaque.
If you do not have any braces or sharp pain in your teeth, feel free to use the water flosser at a high speed as you can easily clean out all the plaque without spending too much time.
What are the pros?
- Easy to use
- More effective than thread flossing
- Less invasive
- Combined with antibacterial liquids, more preventative
What are the cons?
- Water flossers are typically big (size of your hand) and are not something you carry around unlike thread flossers.
- It can get a little annoying to clean up after yourself after using water flossers as they spray water out onto the sink.
- Not all water flossers are waterproof.
- More pricey than thread flossers.
What type of water flossers are there?
Take a look at the water flossers we have selected for you below.
- Mospro Professional Cordless Water Flosser
- Waterpik Electric Water Flosser
- Anjou Professional Water Flosser
- HABOR Water Dental Flosser/ Oral Irrigator
- BESTOPE Water Flosser
- Liberex Cordless Water Flosser
- iTeknic Water Flosser/Oral Irrigator
- CREMAX CordlessWater Flosser
There are wired and wireless water flossers. The advantage of using wired water flossers is that you can have more water in the water tank so you do not have to refill. This is ideal for families.
Wireless water flossers are more portable and you do not need to worry about refilling those as well as they are typically big enough to easily floss one person’s mouth without running out. These come with their own chargers and have a decent shelf life.