You are taking a good care of your oral hygiene, you brush your teeth at least twice per day with the best electric toothbrush, your breath is fresh and your teeth look healthy and white. But when you visit your dentist, he knows exactly what part of dental hygiene have you been missing out.
Have you been flossing every day?
Pretty much every dentist in the world recommends flossing at least once per day. It is an important aspect of a proper dental hygiene because toothbrushes can’t reach all the areas between teeth and along the gumline the way water flossers (oral irrigators) can.
Those tiny spaces are a perfect nest for plaque and bacteria and the truth is: plaque between teeth can cause more damage than plaque on the surface. Oral irrigators are recommended for everyone, especially for people with braces, implants, crowns or bridges.
Note: This list of recommendations was updated in June 2016!
Water flosser vs. dental floss, which one is better?
Efficiency: There are more than 30 clinical studies that have proven superior efficiency of water flossers. They can remove more than 50% more plaque than an ordinary dental string.
Time: One of the most common reasons for poor flossing habits is the required time. It usually takes about 3-5 minutes with a dental string, but much less with water powered device. It is a habit that everyone should include in their daily routine.
Easiness of usage: No one likes flossing, it’s as simple as that. Advantage of oral irrigators is a better user experience and easiness of use, that make our habits improve.
How does it work?
Which one is the best?
If Braun and Philips are the most famous brands when it comes to electric toothbrushes, then Waterpik is the most famous brand of oral irrigators. With more than 50 years of experience and over 500 patents, Waterpik company stands for quality and some of the best technical innovations in the dental care area.
If you are looking for a product from a brand that basically invented electric water flossers, the Waterpik Ultra might be one of your best choices. It is on the top of our list of recommendations for several reasons and it comes with some very advanced features and different pressure settings.
The Ultra water jet is clinically proven to be up to 93% more effective in removing plaque and cleaning spaces between teeth and along the gumline than any ordinary string floss. It offers 10 different water pressure settings which makes it perfect for most users, including people who prefer gentle water pressure.
- One of the world’s most popular brands when it comes to water flossers.
- 93% more effective than ordinary flosser (clinically proven).
- 1400 pulsations per minute.
- 10 advanced water pressure modes.
- 6 tips included in package (2x Classic Jet, 1x Plaque Seeker, 1x Orthodontic, 1x Pick Pocket and 1x Toothbrush Tip).
- Attractive and modern design.
Philips Sonicare Airfloss HX8211/02
Sonicare Airfloss doesn’t quite match effectiveness of Waterpik based on some researches, but it stands out in areas where Waterpik doesn’t satisfy completely. It is portable and easier to use. But the main advantage is the auto-burst feature which can complete the cleaning of entire mouth in just 30 seconds.
The Airfloss uses bursts of pressurized air and micro-droplets of water (or mouthwash). This combination is proven to remove up to 5x more plaque between teeth than tooth brushing alone. It is powered by lithium batteries and you can use it for up to 2 weeks with a single charge. The Aifloss is our favorite flosser for travelling.
- Very easy to use (one button operation).
- 5x more effective than toothbrush (on spaces between teeth and along gum line).
- Auto-burst feature cleans whole mouth in just 30 seconds.
- Rechargeable lithium battery.
- Improves gum health in 14 days.
- Not as messy as Waterpik.
ToiletTree Poseidon Inductive
The ToiletTree brand isn’t as popular as Philips or Waterpik, but they produce some very interesting water flossers in the lower price range. If you are on a budget, or if you need an additional portable water flosser, you are welcome to check them out.
The Poseidon Inductive is the a one of the newest flossers from the ToiletTree brand at the moment. It features high powered lithium ion batteries, universal voltage, a very attractive and useful charging cradle, and 3 different operating modes. The replacement tips are more affordable than the ones from Waterpik and Philips, and that’s another advantage.
- 3 operating modes (Normal, Soft, Pulse)
- Universal voltage (100 to 240V~50/60Hz)
- High quality lithium battery
- Improves gum health
- Small and portable
What’s the best water flosser for you?
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