Get a Deeper Clean than Just Brushing Alone with Best Water Flossers (2024)

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If there's one gadget guaranteed to make a mundane daily task easier, it's the water flosser. Fairly new to the dental scene, it uses water to thoroughly clean your gnashers after brushing, helping to simplify your flossing routine (as we all know how fiddly flossing tape and interdental brushes can be).

These are our best plaque-busters at a glance but scroll on for our detailed reviews.

Best water flossers

Do dentists suggest you use water flossers?

Dentists agree that inter-dental cleaning is always a good thing. Brushing doesn't quite get into the gaps, and because around 40% of the tooth surface is between the teeth, flossing is pretty essential to a good dental hygiene regime.

‘Water flossers are a brilliant addition to interdental cleaning,’ agrees Dr Richard Marques, a Harley Street dentist. He also has a useful tip – adding diluted mouthwash to your flosser's tank can give you an even more thorough, antibacterial clean.

Although it may sound like a lot, Marques advises that it's still good practice to continue manual flossing too. Before you think that’s way too much work, however, he says it's not essential to brush, manual floss and water floss every day, but any form of daily flossing is good.

Are water flossers actually beneficial?

The short answer is 'yes'. Using a water flosser can help to reach those areas at the back of your mouth that are often hard to fully clean, while anyone with fixed braces will be happy to hear they can also help remove food debris and plaque more easily than traditional flossing.

According to Dr Richard, another benefit of a water flosser is they can help reduce gum bleeding.

How we test water flossers

Over the course of two weeks, our panel blind tested seven different brands of water flosser, assessing how easy they were to use, as well as considering the overall performance and design.

Images were analysed by dental health professional Farah Karim, who visually graded the difference in teeth before and after using the water flosser. Manufacture checks were also carried out, looking at noise level, weight, size and run-time.

In the Men's Health Lab, the team put the products through their paces using a VISIA image analysis machine to check how effective the water flossers were at removing plaque and food deposits on the buccal surfaces of the teeth.

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Best water flosser for range of settings

Philips Sonicare Cordless Power Flosser 3000 Oral Irrigator HX3806/31

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Best water flosser for range of settings

Philips Sonicare Cordless Power Flosser 3000 Oral Irrigator HX3806/31

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With six different modes, this flosser offers plenty of variation when it comes to water pressure. It scored well when it came to the pressure too, which testers said wasn't too aggressive and didn't cause any irritation.

During testing, the panel found the water tank an easy size to hold – some models can be quite bulky – as well as being easy to fill up. It was also praised for its ability to angle around gums.

Key specifications

Number of settings:6
Number of attatchments:2
Type of attachment heads:Standard nozzle, Quad stream nozzle
Volume:250ml
Run time:Two-week battery life and USB charging travel case
Battery time:Full minute before needing to be refilled
Waterproof:N/A

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Best water flosser to share and best budget flosser

PECHAM Portable Water Dental Flosser IPX7

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Best water flosser to share and best budget flosser

PECHAM Portable Water Dental Flosser IPX7

For those looking for a high intensity when it comes to pressure, this flosser pulses 1400-1800 times/min and claims to remove up to 99.9% of food residue. It also features rotating jet tips, which not only massage gums, but also help promote blood circulation.

Our panel really liked how easy it was to change heads on this one, so it can be shared with a partner (you can also easily differentiate the heads by their coloured bands, similar to electric toothbrushes.) Some testers said would have liked like a low battery light indicator, but this is a great buy for the price.

Key specifications

Number of settings:4
Number of attatchments:4
Type of attachment heads:Three jet tips, Orthodontic tip
Volume:300ml
Battery time:80 days
Waterproof:Yes

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Best water flosser for travel

H2ofloss Water Flosser

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Best water flosser for travel

H2ofloss Water Flosser

H2o has innovated when it comes to the design of this gadget, adding a gravity ball at the end of the tube, which ensures water can still be sprayed out of the nozzle, no matter the angle of the flosser. Cordless, lightweight, with a battery that lasts 10-15 days on a full charge, it's also a good pick for frequent travellers.

It's even more impressive when you consider the price, at just under £30. It also holds enough water to last the full minute of flossing, although some said the larger water tank does make it a little bulky.

Key specifications

Number of settings:5
Number of attatchments:6
Type of attachment heads:Two standard tips, Orthodontic tip, Periodontal tip, Tongue scraper tip, Toothbrush head
Volume:300ml
Run time:Full minute without needing to be refilled
Battery time:10-15 days
Waterproof:Yes

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Best for sensitive teeth

Binefia Water Flosser for Teeth

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Best for sensitive teeth

Binefia Water Flosser for Teeth

Specially designed for those with sensitive teeth, this flosser has five settings, including ‘soft’ and ‘gentle’ modes, and its flexible pressure impressed our panel.

As well as being easy to personalise, it did such a good job that one tester said it ‘cleaned better than regular floss’. The panel found it ‘easy to grip’, and really liked the amount of attachments provided, too. It also comes with a travel bag to keep everything neatly together.

Key specifications

Number of settings:5
Number of attatchments:6
Type of attachment heads:Two standard tips, Orthodontic tip, Periodontal tip, Tongue scraper tip, Toothbrush head
Volume:300ml
Run time:N/A
Battery time:20 days
Waterproof:Yes

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Best for removing plaque

Waterpik Ultra Cordless Water Jet Flosser WP450

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Best for removing plaque

Waterpik Ultra Cordless Water Jet Flosser WP450

Waterpik is one of the best known brands in the water flosser sphere, and for good reason. This flosser cleans deep between teeth, using a good level of pressure and a pulsating mechanism. It also performed best in our lab tests, as it was the most effective at removing plaque and food deposits on the buccal surfaces of the teeth.

Our testers said it was able to clean their wisdom teeth, as well as behind their retainers, which are both usually difficult to reach areas.

Key specifications

Number of settings:3
Number of attatchments:4
Type of attachment heads:High Pressure Classic Jet Tip, Orthodontic Tip, Plaque Seeker Tip, Tongue Cleaner
Volume:210ml
Run time:45 seconds during use
Battery time:N/A
Waterproof:N/A

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Best water flosser for teens

BURST Water Flosser

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Best water flosser for teens

BURST Water Flosser

If you need to make flossing more attractive to teens (or are just a fan of colour), then this model may just do the trick. With a fun hexagonal design and smiley face on the on/off button, it also comes in pastel tones including pink and lilac, as well as black, which makes an appealing change to the usual bright white of dental gadgets.

It has a long-lasting battery and a small water capacity – although this does mean you'll have to refill before you're done, it’s also great for smaller hands. Our testers found it sprayed accurately between teeth to dislodge any leftover food and was gentle too.

Key specifications

Number of settings:3
Number of attatchments:3
Type of attachment heads:Includes two replacement tips. Other tips available to buy: Perio Tip - for those with sensitivity and Ortho Tip: for those with orthodontics and lots of dental work
Volume:111ml
Run time:N/A
Battery time:80 days
Waterproof:Yes

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Nora is our Beauty and Grooming Tester and has a master's degree in cosmetic science. She is using her expert knowledge of product development, formulation, product evaluation and market research to test a wide range of hair and beauty products in the beauty labs for Good Housekeeping, Women’s Health, ELLE, Men’s Health. In the lab she uses a variety of methods such as the Diastron, The Multi Skin Test Centre, The VISIA Complexion Analyser to test anything from hydration, skin barrier function, pore size and more.

Get a Deeper Clean than Just Brushing Alone with Best Water Flossers (2024)

FAQs

Get a Deeper Clean than Just Brushing Alone with Best Water Flossers? ›

It's easy to use and effective because the WATERPIK water flosser: Reaches up to 6X deeper than brushing alone for a more thorough clean. Removes up to 99.9% of plaque bacteria that causes gingivitis, cavities, and bad breath from treated areas.

Can a Waterpik deep clean your teeth? ›

It's easy to use and effective because the WATERPIK water flosser: Reaches up to 6X deeper than brushing alone for a more thorough clean. Removes up to 99.9% of plaque bacteria that causes gingivitis, cavities, and bad breath from treated areas.

Can you use a water flosser instead of brushing? ›

A water flosser doesn't replace your toothbrush or traditional flossing. You still need to brush your teeth twice a day, but you can use the water flosser before or after. Fill your water flosser's reservoir with lukewarm water, then put the flosser tip in your mouth. Lean over the sink to avoid a mess.

Is a Waterpik strong enough to remove plaque? ›

Conclusion: The Waterpik Water Flosser and manual toothbrush is significantly more effective than a manual brush and string floss in removing plaque from tooth surfaces.

Can a water flosser remove built up plaque? ›

It's also called an oral irrigator or a dental water jet. A water flosser can help remove food particles between teeth. It also can remove plaque from teeth. If you use standard dental floss, and you don't have bleeding or other problems, there's no need to change.

What is the difference between a Waterpik and a water flosser? ›

Waterpik is a brand name, while water flosser is the generic term for a device that cleans the mouth with a stream of water. Since the Waterpik brand has created many popular models of water flossers over the years, some people use the brand name Waterpik in place of the term water flosser.

Can I put Listerine in my Waterpik? ›

Mouthwash or other recommended antibacterial solutions can be used in our water flossers. We recommend using no more than a 1:1 ratio of solution to water.

Do you touch Waterpik to gums? ›

Hold the tip slightly away from the gums to allow the water flow to remove plaque and debris.

Should you use a Waterpik before or after brushing? ›

The ideal time to use a Waterpik is before you brush your teeth. This is because doing so can allow you to remove food debris and plaque. When you use a Waterpik before brushing your teeth, teeth brushing becomes more effective.

Can I get rid of plaque without going to the dentist? ›

Baking soda can effectively remove the plaque without damaging the outer covering of teeth— enamel. Baking soda is safe to use with no apparent side effects. Toothpaste containing baking soda is more potent against plaque than traditional toothpaste. Baking soda also prevents demineralization.

Can water flosser cause gum recession? ›

No, water flossing does not cause gum recession nor damage to teeth or crowns. On the contrary, water flossing aids in flushing debris out of bridges, crowns, implants, braces, and other dental restoration better than brushing and flossing alone which can extend the lifespan of your dental restorations.

What dissolves plaque in the mouth? ›

Baking soda can help your teeth look whiter, as well as neutralizing cavity causing acid. Some toothpastes contain baking soda as it acts as a gentle abrasive to remove plaque from teeth. Make a paste by stirring a few drops of water with half a teaspoon of baking soda.

What dissolves plaque build up? ›

Brushing with baking soda can safely and effectively remove plaque. While still abrasive, baking soda toothpaste is not as hard as the enamel that makes up teeth and can remove plaque without damaging the enamel.

How long does it take for Waterpik to remove plaque? ›

Effectiveness of the WaterPik

The Classic Jet tip has been shown in studies to remove 99.9% of the plaque and biofilm from the treated area after a 3-second exposure. The Orthodontic Tip removed 99.8% of plaque and biofilm. For most patients I would recommend the Jet Tip, or the Orthodontic Tip if you have braces.

Can you remove calculus with a Waterpik? ›

It is important to understand that water flossers are not a replacement for regular dental check-ups and cleanings. While they can help prevent tartar buildup, they cannot completely remove it.

Can Waterpik reverse periodontal disease? ›

Can a Water Flosser Effectively Fight Periodontal Disease? The simple answer is: maybe. Bear with us; we'll explain why. It depends on your regular oral hygiene routine, how far the periodontal disease has progressed, and whether or not you have any dental implants, braces, gum grafts, or other periodontal treatments.

Is a dental deep cleaning ever really necessary? ›

A deep dental cleaning is necessary when there is a significant amount of bacteria and tartar buildup on the surfaces of your teeth. Once pockets form from gum disease, the bacteria and tartar begin to fill these pockets. If not removed, periodontal disease and eventually tooth loss can take place.

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