Brush Better: Water Flossers to Clean Between Your Teeth

Go ahead, make your dentist proud.

When it comes to oral hygiene, brushing twice a day is the bare minimum. Your smile deserves better. Here are four things to consider before investing in a water flosser.

Clinically Proven

Three modes for everything you need in one tool. Waterpik

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Early water flossers simply blasted pressurized water between teeth. Today’s models are more advanced than ever, with a variety of technologically enhanced features and tips for everything from deep gum irrigation to tongue cleaning. Some combination systems can even brush and floss teeth at the same time.

Great for Groups

Advanced technology with 10 pressure settings and multiple tips for family members. Waterpik

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The family that flosses together, smiles brighter together. So you might want to consider a water flosser system designed for multiple users with a range of needs, from a kid with braces to a partner with dental implants. Just make sure that everyone understands that like a toothbrush, individual water flosser tips are not meant for sharing!

Nice and Lightweight

This one has enhanced battery life and capabilities for use on the go. iTeknic

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Over time, debris and mineral deposits can make water flossers less effective, so experts recommend cleaning the entire system every one to three months. The outside of the unit can usually be wiped clean with a non-abrasive cleanser, but other parts vary. Many water reservoirs can be hand washed or placed in the dishwasher, while handles and tips can be soaked for a few minutes in a mixture of two parts water to one part vinegar or hydrogen peroxide. Read the manual of your water flosser to find out the best way to keep yours clean.

Long-Lasting

Slim design and enhanced battery life and charging capabilities for use on the go. MOSPRO

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Once you start using a water flosser, it can be hard to go back to a toothbrush and box of dental floss. If you travel regularly, consider getting a cordless portable water flosser you can use at home and take on the road. These models easily fit into a toiletry bag, have enhanced battery life and often come with standard and USB charging options.