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The Power Flosser and Your Dental Health

Updated on September 27, 2011

End the Struggle with Dental Floss With a Power Flosser

We all know that brushing your teeth is important to have good dental health, to avoid cavities, tooth loss, or dingy colored teeth. However, another important component of caring for your teeth and gums is regular flossing.

Flossing helps to remove food particles and harmful bacteria from the area between your teeth and at your gumline where your brush can't go. Flossing should occur at least once a day. Unfortunately many of us don't floss as we should or have some difficulty doing it.

Failure to remove built up food particles and plaque can result in tooth decay, gum disease, bad breath, and possibly a number of other general health problems thanks to the germs and bacteria present in this residue.

When done properly, 18" of floss should be used so that each tooth comes in contact with clean floss. Each tooth should have the floss moved up and down, and side to side by wrapping the floss slightly around the tooth. This process takes time, but it is also important to be gentle in order to avoid damaging your gums.

For many people, flossing is difficult. A power flosser can be the answer to the problem. These devices can make flossing easier. You no longer have to wrap floss tightly around your fingers and shove it between your teeth abruptly. With these devices, the motion is gentle and requires almost no effort. In fact, for many kids, anyone with retrainers or braces, or those with dexterity problems, a power flosser may be the only real solution.

Most of these devices operate on a replaceable battery and are always ready to use, highly portable, and simple to operate. They aren't expensive, but users do have to purchase replacement tips. On this page you'll find some affordable options.

Of course there are other possibilities. Some of the at-home models are more powerful and offer more options for keeping your tongue, teeth, and gums healthy. You can learn more about one of the best options, the Waterpik Waterflosser Ultra, at this link.


An important part of using a power flosser is to use the right tips. Some are designed specifically for use with braces and retainers and others are especially useful for getting in deep pockets. Be sure to check with your dentist and the manufacturer to determine which tip is right for you based on your special needs.

For hygenic purposes, don't share tips from your flosser with others. Just as you wouldn't share used dental floss, you also shouldn't share these tips.


This first power flosser from WaterPik has an ergonomic handle for easy grip and operation. It has a flexible nylon tip (and 15 replacement tips) that easily slides between the teeth and removes plaque both above and below the gumline. It vibrates at 10,000 strokes per minute providing a vigorous but very gentle movement. This power flosser comes with a replaceable battery.

This second WaterPik flosser comes with 15 mint flavored replacement tips that also include a whitening agent. It cleans between teeth to the gumline and can help in reducing the likelihood of gum disease and dental cavities. This device is also battery powered and portable.

Oral B

This Hummingbird power flosser from Oral B is a very affordable option. It measures a mere 3 inches tall and makes it easy to reach teeth even in the back of your mouth. It vibrates at a healthy 8,000 rpm and comes with a durable carrying case, the necessary batteries, 3 floss heads, and 5 dental picks.


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    • reddog1027 profile image

      reddog1027 7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      A power flosser, what a great idea. Thanks for the info, it will make my purchase so much easier.

    • ThePartyAnimal profile image

      ThePartyAnimal 7 years ago

      Boy I can use one of these too

    • Wendy Krick profile image

      Wendy Krick 7 years ago from Maryland

      I need one of these. I really don't floss like I should.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Great review for a useful product!

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, this is a great idea. I have tried the normal floss but get fed up with the stupid things! anything new is a great improvement! thanks nell

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      theherbivorehippi 7 years ago from Holly, MI

      I need one of these!! I floss religiously and this last time instead of buying traditional dental floss I bought a bag of those "cool looking" little plastic things that have one strand of dental floss at one end and a pick at the other. The floss breaks after one tooth I swear! lol That's what I get for choosing something that looks interesting. I really should get one of these power flossers!