Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Water Flosser

With a water flosser, you can easily and painlessly clean your teeth like your dentist has been nagging you about for years.

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If you’re not a fan of weaving floss between your teeth, a water flosser can help you achieve the same results.Waterpik

The old joke about the dentist asking a patient when was the last time he flossed, only to hear the reply, “Dude, you were there!” might not be as funny as it first seems. According to the American Dental Association, interdental cleaners such as floss are an essential part of taking care of your teeth and gums. Cleaning between teeth removes plaque that can lead to cavities or gum disease from the areas where a toothbrush can’t reach. Also, interdental cleaning is proven to help remove debris between teeth that can contribute to plaque buildup. As inconvenient as daily flossing can be, a water flosser makes it easier. That, in turn, makes it more likely you’ll do it regularly. Here are some features to think about the next time you’re shopping for a water flosser.

Size/Portability

Water Flosser Professional Cordless Dental Oral Irrigator
This small, cordless water flosser works great at home or on the road.MOSPRO

One determining factor in selecting the right water flosser for you and your family is size. If you have lots of space on your bathroom vanity, the sky’s the limit on how big a unit you can fit there without causing space problems. On the other hand, if you live in an apartment, have a small vanity or like to always have your vanity cleared completely off when you are finished brushing/flossing, a cordless model will fit your needs better since you can put it in a drawer or cabinet. Closely related to size is portability, which depends largely on whether the water flosser is a countertop model or cordless. Of course, a countertop model will always be right there when you need it with no looking or searching through cluttered drawers. However, a cordless water flosser is very handy if you have to travel a lot and want to take it on the road with you.

Pressure

Waterpik Water Flosser Electric Dental Countertop Professional Oral Irrigator
This water flosser has 10 pressure settings ranging from 10 PSI to 100 PSI.Waterpik

Many people don’t floss because of the sensitivity of their teeth and gums. For that same reason, they’re hesitant to try a water flosser, expecting it to spray so hard that it is very uncomfortable to use. Many models are available with variable power settings, and some even list them as PSI (pounds per square inch) so you know exactly what you are getting as far as water pressure is concerned. If you have sensitive teeth and/or gums or just don’t think you’ll like a water flosser with lots of pressure, be sure to choose a model that has several different pressure settings. Many models have 10 or more settings to meet the needs and preferences of different users, which is also great if more than one family member will be using the water flosser.

Capacity

Waterpik Electric Toothbrush & Water Flosser Combo in One
This large-reservoir model combines the power of a rechargeable sonic electric toothbrush with the effectiveness of a water flosser.Waterpik

Reservoir capacity is another important consideration when choosing a water flosser. A flosser with a large reservoir requires a little less upkeep because it can be refilled less frequently than one with a small reservoir. On the other hand, flossers with large reservoirs generally take up much more of that precious vanity space discussed earlier. If you choose to go with a model with a large reservoir, it will almost certainly be of the plug-in variety, making it a little less handy if you want to take it on vacation. Prospective buyers need to weigh reservoir capacity against portability when making their decision on which water flosser is the very best for them.

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