Best Oral Irrigator for Healthy Teeth and a Beautiful Smile | Waterpik Ultra Flosser Review

by CountrySunshine

How to keep your mouth and teeth healthy by using a Waterpik water flosser, brushing daily, and using dental floss.

I don't like going to the dentist. There is something icky about having a person stick their hands into my mouth and look around in it with mirrors. It's one of those professions I wouldn't want to have.

But a trip to the dentist is important to keep my mouth healthy, and so I go regularly. My dentist recommends that I come every year for a check-up, and every 6 months for cleaning.

There are a number of ways to keep your teeth healthy and your smile pretty. The most common ways are by brushing & flossing your teeth, using mouthwash, and visiting your dentist regularly. But there is another product you can use that will help your mouth immensely! It's called an oral irrigator, or "water flosser", and it cleans much more thoroughly than regular dental floss.

The oral irrigator that I recommend is Waterpik's Ultra Water Flosser. It has a number of great features, plus does an absolutely wonderful job. Your dentist will smile, and so will you!

What Is A Water Flosser?

A water flosser, or oral irrigation system, is a small electrical appliance that is used to remove food and bacteria trapped between your teeth, and below the gum line. It has a reservoir that is filled with water, and small tips that you use to direct the water between your teeth and below your gum lines.

Waterpik Ultra Flosser - A Thorough Way To Clean Your Teeth & Gums

My Mother was prone to gum disease, so on the advice of her dentist, my parents purchased a Waterpik system. This was when I was a teenager, sometime back in the 1970s. I don't remember anyone using dental floss back then, much less an oral irrigation system! It came with 4 individual tips, so everyone in the family could have their own.

My dad and brother didn't see much use for it, so they quit using it after awhile. However, my Mother and I used it faithfully, and she began to get better and better dental checkups. Me? Other than one cavity in my late teens, I've had no problems at all!

Since that time, I have always used oral irrigation systems of one brand or another. Waterpik has been my favorite, since it not only works well, but lasts a long time. I once purchased the Interplak system, and while I liked it, the one I had didn't have enough power.

My latest purchase was this Waterpik, called The Ultra Water Flosser. It comes with several different tips, although I only use the jet tip, the pik pocket tip, and occasionally, the plaque seeker tip. It has 10 settings on the dial, so as you get used to it, you can increase the strength.

Depending on how close your teeth are to each other, the Waterpik Ultra Water Flosser can be used in addition to regular dental floss, or instead of using it. I use both; when I am away from home, I carry floss with me. Otherwise, I use the Ultra Water Flosser after meals at home.

If you wear braces and cannot use dental floss, an Ultra Water Flosser can remove the food that is trapped between your braces and teeth. The Waterpik Ultra offers an orthodontic tip that is designed to work with braces and other dental work. It is used much the same as the jet pik with just a slightly different tip design.

One of the things I really like about the Waterpik Ultra Water Flosser, as opposed to the Interplak I had previously, is that it has a tip eject button. Just push it to remove the tip when you are through. With the Interplak, there is no button, and it has to be forcefully removed!

Don't Forget To Brush!

The Waterpik Ultra Water Flosser comes with a toothbrush tip. You can use it with or without toothpaste. The toothbrush tip is used the same way as a manual toothbrush. The main difference is that water comes through the tip at the same time while you brush.

I do not use the toothbrush tip, as I find the influx of water during brushing to make a sloppy mess. However, if you master the technique, it can cut down the additional step of rinsing after brushing.

Regardless of which you use, make certain you brush your teeth at least twice a day.

Tips For Using Your Waterpik Ultra Water Flosser

  1. If you have a sensitivity to cold, fill the reservoir of your Waterpik with warm water.
  2. Fill an additional glass with water, so you can refill the reservoir easily if you run out before completing your cleaning.
  3. Mouthwash can be added to the reservoir, both with or without water. Make certain you run water through the reservoir after using mouthwash to clean out sticky residue.
  4. Start on a low setting, and work your way up over time. It will slowly toughen your gums, and cut down on any bleeding as a result of too high water pressure.
  5. Rinse all tips with hot water after use, and leave the lid open on the reservoir to air dry. You can also dry the inside of reservoir with a towel. This will cut down on bacteria growing inside the reservoir.

If you have any remaining water in the reservoir when you finish, use it to clean around your sink! It's great for cleaning grout, or gunk stuck around your faucet!

Your Next Dentist Visit

It's Certain To Be A Success!

I've always been lucky when visiting the dentist that she never finds any major problems with my teeth or gums. I attribute it to good oral health habits, including the use of the Waterpik. It's an easy way to clean and floss my teeth, and only takes a few minutes of time.

I think you will find, if you purchase and use the Waterpik Ultra Water Flosser, your mouth will feel cleaner, your gums will be healthier, and your dentist will be happier!

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Copyright L.C. Clifton / Country Sunshine.  All Rights Reserved
Originally published April 26, 2012 on Squidoo

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Updated: 10/26/2015, CountrySunshine
 
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