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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.
The different types of water flossers
The non-electric model: It connects directly to the water tap and works with the water pressure.
The advantages: it saves energy, it is silent, and there is no need to fill and clean a tank.
The disadvantage: it cannot be used with a mouthwash – and it is often less powerful than an electric model.
The family model: It is a fairly large device with nozzles for the whole family and a large capacity tank.
The advantages: significant autonomy and customizable nozzles
The disadvantage: this type of model is very bulky, and not all models have a wall mounting
The handset: toothbrush and dental water flosser: The main advantage of the handset is the saving of space in the bathroom. The 2 in 1 has the wind in its sails, and this is also the case for dental water flossers. The handset offers a complete and thorough cleaning thanks to the combination of a dental water flosser and an electric toothbrush.
The advantage: a significant saving of space when you want a toothbrush and a dental jet
The disadvantage: a little higher cost than a simple dental water flosser – but much cheaper than buying a dental water flosser + a separate electric toothbrush.
Travel dental water flossers / portable dental water flossers: It is space-saving and has a reservoir integrated with the handle. It is practical and convenient.
The advantage: you can take it everywhere with you
The disadvantage: its low capacity and its unique nozzle
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.