The American Dental Association recommends cleaning between your teeth daily. Water flossers help clean between and around your teeth by spraying streams of water in steady pulses. Just like with traditional dental flossing, it's also a great way to remove food from between your teeth. Water flossers also work well at removing plaque from your teeth, so they help prevent tartar, cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease.
Cleaning between your teeth should not be painful. It's perfectly normal to feel some discomfort when you first start flossing — both with dental floss or a water flosser. Your gums will probably bleed slightly, too. With daily brushing and flossing, the ADA says that this discomfort should ease within a week or two. However, if your pain persists, you should talk with your dentist.
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This Waterpik was the first water flosser to earn the ADA Seal of Acceptance. It has been scientifically proven to be effective at removing plaque along the gumline and between teeth, and it can prevent and reduce gingivitis. Our tests proved that the flosser did a great job at removing food from in between our teeth. We appreciate that it has several pressure settings, and we recommend starting with a lower setting, then working your way up to full power to prevent discomfort.
The reservoir is covered and empties in 90 seconds, which is more than enough time to get all the gunk out of your mouth. All Waterpiks come with a 3-year warranty, and an added guarantee that you'll have stronger and healthier gums in two weeks, or Waterpik will refund your purchase — no questions asked!
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The Panasonic EW-DJ10-A is an affordable and portable option that's completely cordless. It features a collapsible design, so you can easily toss it in a small bag or dopp kit. The flosser is completely waterproof, too, making it easy to clean and able to be used in the shower. If you plan on sharing it, make sure you buy another nozzle, because it just comes with one.
This water flosser offers two pulse-speeds: one high-speed setting for everyday cleaning to remove food debris and bacteria, and another less powerful setting for kids or those with sensitive gums. The flosser operates at 1,400 water pulses per minute, which is equivalent to our best overall pick. However, it has a smaller 5.5-ounce reservoir that'll only last you 40 seconds, compared to the Waterpik's 90 seconds.
This model comes with a 2-year warranty, and you can expect around 30 uses before you'll have to swap the flosser's two AA batteries.
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If you have a family, share a bathroom, and want to share a water flosser without needing to buy several replacement nozzles individually, we recommend the H2ofloss HF8P. It's a quiet but powerful water flosser that comes with 12 multifunctional tips. You get four jet tips, two periodontal tips, two orthodontic tips, two tongue-cleaning tips, and two nasal tips. There's even a convenient storage area for the tips next to its 27-ounce water reservoir.
You can expect 150 seconds until the flosser's reservoir depletes. The flosser's wand is comfortable to hold, has a pause button, and offers a water pulse rate of 1,200 times per minute. It comes with a two-year warranty.
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This cordless water flosser is a convenient and compact option that's small enough to keep in a bathroom drawer. It isn't as portable as Panasonic's cordless flosser, but this one offers three pressure settings, a rechargeable battery, and a longer 45-second run time. It comes with four flossing tips and a convenient storage case for the tips and the flosser itself.
We were happy to see that it's waterproof, making it a great pick for those that want to floss in the shower without worrying about countertop spills or splatter on your mirror. Some users note that the flosser's battery might get damaged by leaving it in the charger for more than 4 hours — so just be sure to disconnect the flosser from its charger after the battery is full!
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Popcorn stuck between your teeth? It won't stand a chance against this Panasonic water flosser. It offers 1,900 pulses per minute, and its stream reaches deep between your teeth to remove whatever may be stuck between them — whether it be Oreos jammed in your molars, or a piece of steak wedged wherever. Don't worry — we won't judge!
The flosser has 10 separate settings to accommodate those who have sensitive gums, its 20-ounce reservoir is dishwasher-safe, and it takes 115 seconds to empty. The flosser sports a modern and sleek design that'll look great on any bathroom counter. Plus, it doesn't take up much space.
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If you want a gorgeous-looking water flosser that complements any bathroom decor, you can't go wrong with the Waterpik Sidekick. It sports a modern design, and it comes in three color combinations — white with chrome accents, white with rose gold accents, and black with copper accents.
Not only does it look fantastic, but it works well, too. It offers five pressure settings ranging from 10 to 100 PSI with 1,400 pulses per minute. Our only complaint is its reservoir only has 13 ounces of capacity, which is much smaller than most other flossers. This means you'll only get about a minute of use before having to refill it. On the plus side, you get a portable and travel-friendly flosser that weighs less than a pound and collapses for easy storage. It even comes with a zip-up, water-resistant travel pouch.
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Cleaning between teeth demands more manual dexterity than what young children have, so flossing with string may be difficult for them. Besides, it's hard enough to get them to brush, let alone floss! This water flosser from Waterpik helps make it easier for your son or daughter to keep food from getting stuck between their teeth. Best of all, it just takes one minute every day.
This flosser encourages proper oral care, protects against plaque and tartar buildup, and helps keep your kids cavity-free. The flosser is much less powerful than other picks, and it has just 10-80 PSI of pressure, and three sensitivity settings — so it won't hurt young mouths. It comes with a 2-year warranty, two nozzles, and plenty of stickers so your child can customize it to their liking.