Let’s Talk about Water Flossers! Water flossers are becoming more popular than ever, if Google searches are any indication! Many people use the name “Waterpiks” which is actually the brand name of the original inventors’ company.
Surprisingly Waterpiks were invented over 50 years ago (in 1962) by Dentist Gerald Moyer and hydraulic engineer John Mattingly according to WIkipedia. Today’s water flossers have come a long way–easier to handle and quieter, with user friendly features.
Why use a Water Flosser when you already brush and floss? Of course, daily flossing is the recommended standard of care, and still is. Adding water flossing to your daily dental hygiene routine adds insurance that you’ve flushed out all the food and bacteria caught between teeth.
In addition, water flossing can help maintain healthy gums with stimulating massage as well as cleaning bacteria and food from under the gum line. If you have braces or crowns, water flossing is recommended for a better clean!
60 Seconds a Day! The water flosser uses water pressure in streams and pulses to flush out food and bacteria between teeth and under the gum line. Water flossing for one minute of your day can give you that clean mouth feeling, and help you maintain healthier gums and teeth.
How Do I Use It? Start at the lowest water pressure setting. Lean over the sink and place the flosser tip at your back teeth. Turn it on and begin water flossing moving the tip along your gum line and in between teeth from back to front. Let the flossed water flow out of your mouth into the sink.
Most brands have water pressure settings you can adjust to your comfort level. Some water flossing models are portable and others are attached to the base. Philips Sonicare AirFloss works with either mouthwash or water. Many models come with multiple colored tip inserts, so the whole family can water floss with one device.
Which One is Best and How Much Do They Cost? According to American Dental Association: Home the Waterpik Aquarius Water Flosser is “first in class” for water flossers with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. We found it on sale for $47.99 up to $60.70, so we recommend shopping around! You can find several other good options to fit your budget and lifestyle.