In the rhythm of everyday life, we often forget to take good care of our teeth – very often brushing twice a day may not be enough. And it is impossible to reach the hard-to-reach places with a toothbrush, and this can lead to cavities, periodontitis, periodontitis and other unpleasant diseases. You can cut down on spending money on the dentist with a water-based oral cleaner, which not only washes out all the hard-to-reach areas, but also removes plaque and massages the gums, which reduces their bleeding.
Oral irrigators: what are the benefits and what types are available?
Mouth irrigator – a device that cleans the oral cavity, all the hard-to-reach places between the teeth and on the edges of the gums. It uses the technology of a high-pressure spray. In fact, it is much more effective than the usual rinse.
Why use such a device?
Food particles stuck between the teeth after a meal, not many people like, especially if they began to rot and smell bad The easiest way – take out a toothpick and pick in the teeth. Simple, but dangerous: behind a simple picking there is damage to the periodontium, the tissue that surrounds the tooth.
A toothpick is pretty thick, so when it hits the space between your teeth, it loosens them, acting like a lever. Unpleasant, isn’t it?
That’s why dentists recommend using irrigators as a useful and safe replacement for the usual toothpicks and a full-fledged home preventive treatment for your teeth. Yes, the irrigator will cost you more ($60-70 on the average), but this investment will certainly save on visits to the dentist, and if you have children – will prevent the typical diseases and damage to the teeth of young sweet tooth. The device works not only with the usual liquid – the use of special rinses, for example, will help prevent inflammation and gum disease, it is confirmed by numerous studies of scientists.
But it is especially important for those who have crowns: the fact is that they do not fit tightly to the teeth, so there are hollow areas, in which the toothpick can not reach, but which regularly remains pieces of food. Over time they begin to rot and cause bad breath, which can lead to gum disease and inflammation. And if you have implants, inflammation can lead to their rejection altogether.
Types of Irrigators
There are several types of irrigators:
Mono-jet – the flow of water is powerful and continuous. Suitable for both the prevention of gum disease (hydromassage of the gums improves microcirculation of the periodontium, as a result – harmful microorganisms disappear, and the gums themselves are strengthened), and for the usual rinsing of the mouth.
Pulsed – a pulsating jet that effectively flushes particles out of the problem areas. The range of pulsation is minimal, you will not feel it. Often used in “massage” modes because of the pulsation, but also suitable for standard cleaning.
According to the type of design, irrigators can be stationary or portable.
Stationary – devices with a special tank for the liquid are designed for placement in the bathroom and require the presence of a socket. As a rule, they are more powerful than their portable counterparts and have several modes (with a capacity from 2 to 10) of operation for different occasions. A great option for family use, most importantly, don’t forget about individual nozzles for each family member.
Portable – will be your constant companion in travel and business trips. They are slightly larger than a regular toothbrush and run on a rechargeable battery. They don’t have different modes of operation, but they are still just as effective at cleaning your mouth.
What do we recommend?
Let’s start with a powerful stationary irrigator from Waterpik, as they say, “for all occasions”. What can you expect from such a monofunctional device, as an electronic rinse? Of course, flexible and clear settings! The most important feature – 10 settings of water flow pressure – from the level for a child to the position for rinsing dentures. Power is enough – for example, the same portable irrigators work only at 2-3 levels of 10.
Waterpik Aquarius Water Flosser, WP-660 – The Best Stationary Irrigator
In addition to pressure adjustment, the manufacturer put in the device 2 modes – “massage” and “flossing”. The first replaces flossing, washing away food debris and cleaning hard-to-reach places. The second is focused on hydromassage of the gums, which helps prevent bleeding and all kinds of inflammation, as well as improving microcirculation of the periodontium. Plus, there are 7 silicone nozzles for different cleaning areas: tooth enamel, tongue surface, etc.
The largest part of the design is the water jar. Enough of its volume for exactly 90 seconds of treatment. If you take it for the whole family, be sure (do not neglect it) to get a removable hygienic nozzle for the irrigator. They are usually sold separately.
A very decent device. I like the fact that it has an adjustable spray, and that this irrigator washes away a lot of food residue on the teeth, the ones that a toothbrush or floss can’t clean! Honestly thought it wouldn’t be as good. I have been using this model for a very long time and have no complaints and hopefully never will. After my friends saw this miracle at my place, wanted to buy it for themselves. In general, I recommend it!
Best Price: $84.98
Handheld Irrigation System – Philips HX8331
This portable irrigator with one nozzle and three modes of operation is ideal for daily brushing. The device works on the principle of microbubble technology. Its round-head nozzle easily penetrates into the interdental space and cleans your tongue and gums. The body of the irrigator, made of white plastic, is equipped with a working indicator and a battery level indicator. A battery charger is included with the device.
As many users have noted, the irrigator is able to work for about half an hour on battery power. Place it in the bathroom on the special stand and use it every day to clean your teeth from food debris, bacteria, and to eliminate bad breath.
I like this irrigator. Although, have met reviews with complaints about the quality. But the purchase comes with a two year warranty and I feel like it should protect against various nasties. I hope that I personally can do without such an option.