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Water flossers are devices designed to clean the areas that are hard to reach in the oral cavity – interdental spaces, gum pockets and niches. They also provide gum massage. They help remove the remaining food from the oral cavity and provide protection to sites that are most susceptible to caries. Switch the water flosser on and use it in your everyday oral care to limit the accumulation of bacteria and plaque. See our offer of this type of devices.
How do water flossers work?
Water flossers operate like a pressure washer. They generate a stream of water through a pump, which is then released from the nozzle in order to remove the remaining food and plaque from areas that are difficult to reach in the oral cavity. Water flossers are also ideal for cleaning elements of orthodontic braces, as well as dental bridges and implants. An important option of water flossers is to regulate the strength of the water pressure.
Is it worth to use a water flosser every day?
Without a doubt! It is worth to use a dental water flosser every day as it provides thorough protection for the oral cavity. It improves the condition of the gums and blood circulation within them through a delicate massage with a water stream, which makes gums more resistant. Aside from that, the devices also effectively clean interdental spaces, dental implants and crowns. The use of a water flosser limits the accumulation of plaque, protects the teeth against caries and the gums against inflammation. Teeth cleaned with a water flosser regain their natural colour.
A water flosser for people with orthodontic braces
Proper oral hygiene is particularly important when we have orthodontic braces. Using a water flosser, we are able to clean the locks and archwires from remaining food and bacteria. The manufacturers of water flossers offer special heads for cleaning dental braces, which reduce the risk of cavities during orthodontic treatment.
How to use a water flosser
It’s very easy to use a water flosser. First, fill the tank with warm water or mouthwash. Place the nozzle in your mouth and direct it towards your molar teeth at a 90-degree angle. The tip should not be far from these teeth. Hold the water flosser vertically, and keep your mouth slightly opened. Activate the device. Gradually increase the pressure during irrigation. Clean every interdental space for a few seconds, then move on to another one. The nozzle should be close to the gum lines and interdental spaces. After the irrigation is over, remove the water from the water tank as it can lead to the accumulation of bacteria. The entire process should take between 2 to 3 minutes, but in the case of people that have dental braces, it might take a bit longer.
What liquid should a water flosser tank be filled with?
It is best to fill it with boiled water. However, some people prefer to use mouthwash. Use those liquids that do not have alcohol and liquids that are recommended also to those with hypersensitive teeth.
How to care for a water flosser?
Place the device on a level surface. Remove water after every irrigation, rinse the tank and clean it from any sediment. Remember to replace the cleaning nozzle from time to time. Learn more about water flosser care by reading the manufacturer’s manual.
Types of water flossers
The most popular water flossers are the corded and cordless ones. There are also devices that are plugged in to water taps or a shower head.
Corded water flossers are powered from the power outlet. They have a base on which the water tank is fixed. The irrigation is conducted via a nozzle that is part of the grip, which is connected to the water flosser base through a hose. The biggest advantages of a corded device are fluent regulation of water pressure and a large tank (even up to 600 ml) that does not need to be refilled a few times during irrigation. A major disadvantage is that the device takes a lot of space and has to be plugged in to the outlet.
Cordless water flossers are ideal for trips and small bathrooms. They are light, handy, and they do not need a lot of space. Devices of this type are powered by some form of battery (replaceable or rechargeable). There are models that do not need to be charged for as long as a month. Undoubtedly, a major disadvantage is that the tank has to be refilled during irrigation even several times.
Programs for everyday oral hygiene
Almost every water flosser offers several modes of operation. If you have sensitive gums or suffer from periodontitis, choose delicate programs with the pressure strength of 2 to 4 bar. However, if your interdental spaces are tight, the pressure should be 5-6 bar.
Who needs a water flosser?
A water flosser can be used by everyone, but it is particularly recommended to:
- people with a tendency to have issues with caries
- people who have issues with quickly accumulating tartar
- people with narrow interdental spaces
- people who have dental braces, crowns, bridges or implants
Advantages of using a water flosser
Here are some of the most important advantages of using these devices:
- different operating modes
- fresher breath
- effective removal of plaque and the prevention of the quick accumulation of tartar
- effective protection against caries, which often develops in interdental spaces and other areas in the oral cavity that are difficult to reach
- improvement of the condition of the gums, the prevention of gum bleeding and inflammation, which is important in the treatment of periodontitis
A sonic toothbrush compared to a water flosser
A water flosser is the perfect complement to everyday oral hygiene. A toothbrush and a water flosser are two different devices that should not be used interchangeably. Water flossers are responsible for removing impurities from areas that are difficult to reach, where there is no room for a toothbrush. To provide the perfect oral care and to prevent the oral cavity against caries and gum diseases, it is important to use both a water flosser and a toothbrush.
FAQ –frequently asked questions about water flossers
How to clean a water flosser?
Water flossers have to be regularly cleaned, as sediments accumulate on their surface. We can use special agents to perform the cleaning. However, before using those, it is worth to familiarise yourself with the recommendations of the device’s manufacturer, which can surely be found in the user’s manual.
How often should you replace the tip of a water flosser?
The tip should be replaced regularly, it is best to do it every 5-6 months. Tips designed for gum pockets need to be replaced more often – once every 3 months.
How to properly use a water flosser?
First, pour warm water into the tank. You should begin irrigation from posterior teeth. The nozzle should be placed at a 90-degree angle against the gum line. Next is the time for selecting the operating mode and the pressure, and to switch the device on. The water stream should be directed between the teeth and areas above the gum line. People with dental braces should remember to clean the spaces between brackets and archwires. Every site requires cleaning for a few seconds. Irrigation should last for two minutes. After the end of the entire process, it is enough to remove the remaining water from the nozzle and the tank, and to dry the device.
Can you pour mouthwash into the tank?
Daily irrigation should be performed using water – boiled water is best. Mouthwash can be used after the irrigation is finished. However, if you insist on using mouthwash, first make sure that the device’s manufacturer allows for such an option.
How much does a water flosser cost?
The price of a water flosser depends on its brand and parameters, e.g. the size of the water tank, the pressure, and the number of replaceable tips. The least expensive models are designed for use when travelling, whereas the most expensive ones – for home use. The prices are in the range between PLN 200 and PLN 600.
What water streams does a water flosser provide?
We distinguish the following types of water streams coming from water flossers:
constant – to clean interdental spaces
spinning – designed for persons with hypersensitive teeth
pulsating – to massage the gums of people suffering from gum illnesses
What are the differences between a toothbrush and a water flosser?
A water flosser cannot replace a toothbrush – regardless of whether it is a sonic or manual one. The aim of this device is to complement the toothbrush, removing impurities from areas that are difficult to reach. The combination of the properties of a water flosser and a toothbrush provides effective oral hygiene.
Which water flosser will be the best?
This depends on our needs. Water flossers differ in terms of size. The corded ones are bigger and less handy, whereas the cordless ones are small and perfect to take on a trip, but the water tank is considerably smaller. Before purchasing a device of this type, pay attention to such parameters as: operating modes, tank capacity, types of water stream, etc.
What makes a cordless water flosser special?
A cordless water flosser is characterised by a battery that allows the device to operate even for a month without the need for a recharge. The pressure it offers is slightly weaker, and the water tank is smaller. A docking station is included in the water flosser set. This is an ideal solution if you are going on a trip.
What makes a corded water flosser stand out?
A corded water flosser provides maximum water pressure, but the downside is that it has to be plugged to a power outlet. The device features a water tank, a cover, a power switch, a handle, a knob for the stream and a power cord. As such, corded water flossers are not recommended for those that have small bathrooms. One advantage is the fact that there is no need for a refill during irrigation.
Who should make use of a water flosser?
Water flossers have been created for people with tight interdental spaces and those that have issues with bleeding in the oral cavity. It is also a very good choice for those that are undergoing orthodontic treatment, people suffering from periodontitis, who have dentures and crowns. However, everyone can use a water flosser.
What are the results of using a water flosser?
The effects of the regular use of a water flosser include better condition of the teeth and gums, and improved protection against caries and gum inflammation.
What are the most popular water flossers?
The most popular water flossers purchased in Poland include:
- Waterpik WP-100
- Philips Sonicare AirFloss
- Seysso Oxygen Travel
- Oclean W1
- Oclean W10
- Panasonic EW 1611
- Oral-B OxyJet.
Does a water flosser replace tooth brushing?
A water flosser serves as a complement to everyday oral hygiene and is unable to replace tooth brushing. The device removes impurities from sites that are difficult to reach for a toothbrush, including interdental spaces, the areas under gum lines and gum pockets. Would you like to provide the best care for your oral cavity? Use both a toothbrush as well as a water flosser.