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Learning how to use a Waterpik is one of the best ways you can improve your oral hygiene routine to boost your oral health. Everyone knows that simply brushing your teeth regularly isn’t enough. Flossing must be done as well. But flossing with regular floss may not be your best option.
Most of the other types of dental floss use strands, typically made of nylon. If they’re thin enough, the problem is that they may snap during their use. But thicker ones are more difficult to get into the smaller gaps between the teeth.
You may opt for Super Floss or Dental Tape, but these are difficult to use when you have crowded teeth or narrow gaps between the teeth. Electric flossers are now available and they use a vibrating nylon strand between the teeth, but this can also be hard for your gum line.
Now water flossers are available, and they’re becoming more popular. However, not all water flossers are as good as another, and many consider Waterpik as the best. The top rated water flossers from Waterpik can do a much better job than other brands, though you may need to pick the precise model that suits your needs.
A water flosser is a device that uses a thin stream of water between your teeth and at your gum line for flossing, instead of a nylon strand. This strand of water can easily get rid of plaque and food particles. It’s extremely easy to use, and there’s no waste to dispose of. For those who find using regular floss difficult or for those with braces, it’s clearly the better option.
The Waterpik parts typically include a motor with a pump to move the water. There’s a water reservoir, and there should be a special tip on the water flosser. The pump and the motor moves a stream of pulsating pressurized water from the reservoir through the tip, and then to your mouth and teeth.
You can then use this stream of water to target the food particles and plaque in your mouth. Using this, compared to regular string floss, is easier and more comfortable, and certainly more effective. It’s much more pleasant to use that you’re less likely to neglect your daily flossing.
Here are some of the other benefits:
Waterpik offers several types of water flossers, and some of them offer unique features. But they all have features in common as well, and these are some of these features:
With Waterpik, you’re able to control the water pressure produced by the water flosser.
You can have 3, 6 or 10 settings available depending on the model you get. The range of the water pressure can go from 10 psi up to 90 or 100 psi.
With the cordless models, you can have 2 or 3 water pressure settings, with the range from 45 to 75 psi.
The size of the reservoir will depend on the model you get. The countertop models have 35-ounce reservoirs, while the cordless ones can contain up to 7 ounces. The size of the water reservoir will then affect how much time you have for flossing (though of course this will also be affected by the water pressure you use.
Here’s a general idea of how much flossing time you get for the size of your water reservoir:
Of course, you can just refill the reservoir to extend your flossing time. Here are some helpful Waterpik tips regarding the reservoir:
When you put in a tip into the handle of the water flosser, you need to hear a click to confirm that it’s securely in place. To remove the tip, just press the tip eject button into the handle.
Each water flosser can actually be used by entire families, as long as each member of the family has a removable tip to use.
There’s a color-coded ring at the base of the tip so that each family member knows which tip is theirs.
In general, Waterpik water flossers work with the 120VAC/60Hz outlets common in North America. But some models can work in other countries, such as:
The models that use 3 AA batteries (which are included in the purchase) include the WF-03 Cordless Freedom Water Flosser and the WF-02 Cordless Express Water Flosser.
You can then pick water flosser model with the features you want or need. These features include:
All Waterpik water flossers have an on-off power button on each unit. However, some of the more advanced countertop units have an additional water control on the handle. This special feature lets you to stop or pause the water flow for a short time even while the unit is running.
On many of the Waterpik models the base of the water flosser tip can rotate. You can just use your thumb to do this as you use the water flosser. Rotating the base can let position the tip more easily to reach particular areas of your mouth.
On the models in which the tip doesn’t rotate, you’ll find that instead the water hose swivels at the point where it’s attached to the handle base. This swiveling water hose also lets you reach even the more difficult to access parts of your mouth.
Many oral care experts recommend that you use the water flosser for 1 minute. Some of the Waterpik water flossers have a timer and pacer that pauses the flosser at the 30 second mark.
This tells you to move to the other side of your mouth. At the 1-minute mark, you get another pause to tell you that you’re done.
But you can still continue flossing, and this time there won’t be any pauses anymore.
This is available in the Whitening Professional, Aquarius, and Aquarius Professional water flossers. In addition to the floss mode, you have a hydro-pulse massage mode that sends a pulsating water pattern to massage and stimulate your gums.
You can pick your favorite color, or the color that best suits your bathroom aesthetics.
You can buy Waterpik replacement hose parts for models such as the Ultra.
Waterpik offers different types of water flossers, and each type offers its own set of advantages.
These are generally the largest models, with the biggest water reservoirs, more pressure settings, and more advanced features. Some are smaller, but though they’re more compact they still include a nice set of features. The bigger ones, however, come with premium features.
The smaller ones are generally come with a lower price, and they don’t require as much space for storage. They’re more portable too. Here are the features you can expect:
The models here include the Sidekick model which is designed to be portable and comes with a travel case. There’s also the Kids version that looks cute.
Waterpik water flosser cordless models are more compact, so they’re the more portable Waterpik and more suitable for smaller bathrooms. Some use 3 AA batteries, while others come with a rechargeable battery and a charger.
Many consider this the best option for complete dental care. You save space, and you can choose sonic or oscillating toothbrushes for more effective cleaning.
The best tools are useless if you don’t use them properly, and that principle applies to the Waterpik models. You have to know how to properly use a Waterpik to make sure you get all the benefits of flossing. Here are the steps you need to take.
Waterpik water flossers let you choose from several types of Waterpik flosser tips. If you now have braces, your Waterpik replacement tips should include the Orthodontic Tip. This works best, though the Classic Jet Tip also works in a pinch.
The basic steps are the same except for the following:
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