I hate dental floss!!
My mouth is too small and it is a torture each time I try to navigate the dental floss through the gaps of the teeth. If I don’t use it, my dentist makes a bit deal of it.
Refused to compromise, I searched for a better alternative to dental floss. I discovered dental water jets by Waterpik. The model I would like to recommend is Ultra Dental Water Jet WP-100. I bought mine from Amazon for just under £50.
It is a device that ejects water to clean between the teeth and below the gumline. The set comes with a set jet tips for cleaning gum pockets, areas around braces or dental work and even tongue as well.
The jet tip can be turned to different angles to achieve the most efficient cleaning. The jet can be set to eject water at 10 different speeds. I started with 4 initially to get used to the pressure. But now I head straight to 10 for the full experience!
Does it work?
Research documents on Waterpik’s website say the dental water jets are more effective to reduce bleeding and gingivitis than traditional dental flossing. But of course, they are posted by the manufacturer, I would take it with a pinch of salt!
I have been using it for a while and it is a much less painful experience than dental floss. For some reason, I always get pork stuck between the teeth, around the top towards the end of the left side of my mouth. I used to struggle getting it out using my electric toothbrush, dental floss or toothpick. Waterpik gets rid of it easily. It sounds a bit disgusting but I secretly feel satisfied seeing the annoying bits being washed out!
However, I must confess that I find the idea of tongue cleaning a bit creepy and have yet to try that jet tip. My only criticism for the Waterpik is that it cannot be powered by a UK shaver socket (apparently, there is not enough AMP output to power it). I use it in my kitchen!
There is a cordless model (WP-450) though I read quite a number of bad reviews about it. The problem is that it is not as powerful and the fact that you have to hold the reservoir each time you use it makes it more inconvenient to use.
Note: all photos are taken from Waterpik’s website.