If you’re looking for a quick answer to any queries about water flossers and dental care, the chances are that you will find them here in our frequently asked questions section.
Water Flossers FAQ
What is the best water flosser brand?
While the best brand of water flosser can be subjective for each user, the large majority of people prefer (including us) using Waterpik water flossers. They have plenty more models spread out across different price ranges and their products own a large portion of market share too. The company has also been established since 1962 and own several patents for their oral irrigators.
Is a water flosser really more effective than ordinary string dental floss?
That’s a resounding yes! Not only does clinical research prove that water flossing is 50% more effective than string floss in removing dental plaque, but it’s also a lot easier to use and cheaper long term too.
Is a water flosser good for braces?
We know how difficult it is to use a string floss with braces; it’s almost impossible to get into every nook and cranny. A water flosser thrives in that aspect and has proven to be 3 times more effective than string floss for people that wear braces. There’s even a specific tip by Waterpik for brace wearers. Read more on how to use a water flosser with braces.
How often should I change a water flosser tip?
This depends on how often you use your water flosser and what type of nozzle or tip you are using. Here are some recommended guidelines for replacing water flosser tips.
Is a water flosser suitable for children?
A water flosser is safer, easier and more fun for children when compared with string floss. Pressure settings can be adjusted according to teeth sensitivity and Waterpik even have a model designed just for kids.
Which is better? Waterpik or Sonicare AirFloss?
There are many different models of Waterpik water flossers (cordless, countertop and combination models) while the Sonicare AirFloss by Philips only consists of a handheld cordless.
The AirFloss utilises air pressure with water droplets to remove dental plaque while a Waterpik water flossing purely uses water. Studies have shown that water flossing is up to 80% more effective than AirFloss technology in improving the health of gums.
How do I know which water flosser is right for me?
Buying a water flosser isn’t as difficult as it may seem, as there isn’t a whole lot of technology and functions behind them. However, you do need to know the basics such as type of water flosser, pressure settings, water reservoir capacity, whether it has a timer or pacer function and what nozzles or tips it comes with. You can read our buying guide here.
Dental Care FAQ
How often should you brush your teeth?
You should brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste – once in the morning and again at night just before you go to bed. Everyday, dental plaque accumalates between and around the teeth and if this mass of bacteria isn’t removed, it can and will lead to cavities and gum diseases.
How long should you brush your teeth for?
The recommended time for brushing your teeth is 2 minutes. It’s important to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and do not brush too hard or too long as it can make your gums bleed, and it can also damage the protective layer on the surface of the gum.
How often should you floss your teeth?
According to most dentists, you should floss your teeth at least once a day. Even after brushing your teeth properly, there are areas in the mouth where a toothbrush simply cannot reach, and this is where flossing comes in to help tackle these difficult spots.