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How to choose a dental water flosser?
Device types: There are two types of devices: fixed and portable. The fixed dental jet or the family model is a fairly large device with nozzles for the whole family and a large capacity tank. It is quite compact, so it can be easily put on the sink. If you travel a lot, therefore, a water-jet engine is absolutely for you. It is practical and handy, moreover, you can take it everywhere with you. It has a reservoir integrated with the handle and it operates on batteries. You can use it in the bathroom if there is no outlet. However, they have a low capacity and their tank is small.
Technology: The next aspect is the technology that embeds the dental jet. There are three types of dental water flossers, the dental water flossers of the simple water jet (a thin jet of thin continuous water or in other words – mono-jet), that of the pulsating jet and the one, which associates the jet of water and air microbubbles. The first technology is very effective, but it is considered rather irrelevant. Because the second is, without doubt, more efficient, thanks to the use of fine jets of water, their pulsation is so short that it is practically imperceptible. It performs a massage of the gums and considerably reduces the various bacteria, in addition, it dislodges food debris which is deposited in the interdental spaces. Very often, manufacturers produce the water flossers with technology, which combines the water jet and the air microbubbles, which is an advantage for the effectiveness of oral care. Bubbles not only completely remove plaque but also saturate the water with oxygen.
Important features: The important characteristics of water flossers: pressure modes, a tank can be small and larger and tips adapted to each situation. On most models, you can adjust the pressure as desired using the graduated dial. It is very important that dental water flossers have this function because for beginners it is better to use a weak jet and then increase it little by little, moreover it is recommended for children and people with sensitive gums a weak jet.
Interchangeable tips: The presence of interchangeable tips is a huge advantage. Some models are equipped with standard tips, others have several, they have specific tips for impeccable cleaning of dental implants and crowns, for gums, tongue, and even there is a nasal tip.
Tank: The capacity of the reservoir of dental water flossers most often varies between 120 ml and 1 liter. If you want to acquire a dental spray for the whole family, the tank must be larger and for personal use, you can opt for a smaller tank. There is also a dental jet without motor, this type of dental jet must be plugged directly into the tap and works underwater pressure.
Additional functions: Many water flosser models are equipped with additional functions, there is a rotary nozzle, a timer, a possibility to adjust the water pressure level and other features.
Several types of dental water flossers
The family dental water flossers: It is a device intended to clean several mouths each day, then it is inevitably rather imposing. It has a fairly large tank, often between 500 and 700 ml. Knowing that it takes on average between 150 and 200 ml for a complete cleaning, we can perform between 3 and 4 cleanings with a full tank. This type of dental water flosser plugs into the mains, and the handle is connected to a pipe, itself connected to the support motor, which pumps water from the reservoir to send it against your teeth. There are usually places where you can store all the nozzles, which will each have a different color. Thus, each member of the family will have their personal nozzle, it is obviously more hygienic. It has some weak points compared to a portable model. First, it takes up space on the edge of the sink. Those with small bathrooms will quickly get crowded. Then you need a nearby outlet to connect the device that does not run on battery. Finally, the hose is not necessarily very ergonomic, and it is the part that is damaged the fastest.
The portable dental water flossers: It is the ideal model for those who have a small bathroom and little space next to the sink. For singles or childless couples, this is usually enough. The tank is smaller, between 120 and 200 ml, and it is directly attached to the handle. It also works on battery or using batteries. Therefore, there is no hose, no cable, and its handling is more pleasant. It is obviously the ideal type of dental water flosser for those who are often on the go, and who still want to keep their teeth properly cleaned. There are foldable devices, others come with a protective cover. Generally, there are only a few accessories, 1 to 2 nozzles at most. On the defect side, we obviously note the low capacity tank, which sometimes needs to be filled a second time to complete a single cleaning. Battery operation also requires us to remember to recharge it regularly, or to have spare batteries always with us.
The combined toothbrush and dental water flossers: Some manufacturers offer combined electric toothbrushes and dental water flossers. It’s pretty good to save space when you want to use both. We will have one device rather than two. It’s always good for large families, you just have to remember the color of the brush and nozzle that you use, to avoid wars between brothers and sisters. The big drawback of this type of combo is the price. It is a fairly large initial investment. We can also fear that one of the two elements will be damaged faster than the other, and we will then have a device that takes up space for nothing. It will then be necessary to replace everything, while part of the material is still valid.
The dental jet without motor: It is used less and less, but it is still practiced in many situations. It plugs into a tap directly, so there is never a problem with tank size. Its power will depend on the pressure we have in our pipes, but overall it is often effective. We obviously appreciate its simplicity of use, its silence, and the fact that it does not require a battery or electrical outlet.
How to choose a dental water flosser?
Capacity: The capacity of the tank is one of the elements to take into account when comparing dental water flosser models.
Technology: you will have the choice between a single-mode model, provided with a water jet, and a model that combines the water jet and air microbubbles. It is less common. However, it optimizes the massage of the gums and reduces the anaerobic bacteria that can exist in the mouth.
Pulsations: The power level can vary depending on the model and brand. Some brands opt for softness, while others rely on power. The number of pulses per minute can range from 1,000 to 1,600.
Pressure: it is adjustable on most models, using a graduated dial from 1 to 10 most often.
The tank: this is an essential criterion depending on the use you will have of your device. Depending on whether you want a model for the whole family or just for you, choose the tank capacity well. It varies from 120 ml to 1 liter
Power supply: you will have the choice between models on battery, mains or battery, therefore rechargeable.