If you’re new to flossing or looking for a way to improve your oral health, a water flosser might be something that interests you. It’s no secret that flossing is a great way to improve your oral health, but if you use flossing tape incorrectly, it can result in pretty painful gum damage. The great thing about water flossers is that they use a carefully programmed, pressurised jet of water to clean between teeth, in the same way that floss would, but at the right pressure to clean without damaging delicate gums.
Oral hygiene on the go
Historically, water flossers have been large units that were not very portable, but Panasonic, one of the most well respected brands in the industry, have now introduced a travel water flosser, ideal for those who want to maintain high levels of oral hygiene while they’re on the move. The Panasonic EW-DJ10 Travel Oral Irrigator is powered by two AA batteries, so you don’t even need to worry about travel plugs or cables.
It’s really easy to get started with the EW-DJ10. Open the cap and fill the 165ml water reservoir with water straight from the tap, then set the switch to either standard or sensitive pressure. It’s ready to use in seconds and blasts food particles from between teeth and around gums far more efficiently than manual brushing does. An added benefit of this product is that it’s gentle enough to use on braces, making it even easier to keep orthodontics clean.
When you’re finished with it, the water reservoir doubles up as a handy storage box, saving you space. This makes it ideal for the frequent traveller, or just someone looking to save space in the bathroom cabinet.
The manufacturer recommends replacing the nozzle every six months to keep it functioning to the best of its ability, and customers say that the two AA batteries, which are kept in a secure compartment in the body of the unit, keep it going for about a month if you use it every day.
What are the alternatives?
We’ve put together a list of the most popular water flossers, so you can easily compare what’s out there.
If water flossing doesn’t sound like it’s for you, why not try air flossing? We’ve reviewed the Philips Richiesto Sonicare Air Flosser, which works on a similar principle, but with pressurised air instead of water.