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Panasonic Oral Irrigator EW-DJ10-A Review

Updated on July 7, 2013

Introduction to Water Picks

Wow. It's honestly unbelievable how much of a difference a water pick has made on my dental health. No wonder some dentists are reluctant to tell their patients about it because it is that effective in improving your gum health. Back when I was a kid, I neglected my teeth brushing duties. As a result, I ended up with stained yellow teeth by the time I hit high school. I knew I had to do something about it. The last thing you want people to see in photos are your ugly teeth. That's when I discovered the Panasonic Oral Irrigator (thanks to an in-flight shopping magazine). The concept of this product sounds absurdly simple but it is just so effective at flossing! For this hubpage, I will describe my experiences of using this particular water pick.

About the Panasonic Oral Irrigator

As you can see from the photo above, the Panasonic Oral Irrigator is cordless. There were many other products with power cords such as the Waterpik but I decided to go for this one because I am a frequent traveler. I needed a flossing device that I could carry around easily.

The Panasonic Oral Irrigator runs using two AA battery. I usually have to replace the batteries every three weeks. Considering the fact that I use the water pick almost three times a day, that is a pretty good battery life. There are three main components to a water pick: the shower head, water reservoir, and the main body. The shower head is where the water shoots out from. Another good thing about these flossing products is the fact that you can easily share it with others. Just make sure you aren't using the same shower heads! The water reservoir is where you store the water, and the main body has the motor that pushes the water out of the reservoir tank.

The Panasonic Oral Irrigator comes with two water pressure settings. At first, the sensation of having water sprayed at your teeth might feel weird but you'll get used to it. Both water pressure settings are relatively strong. If you end up with this flosser, I recommend you start off with the most gentle setting first.

Recommended For...

I think a water pick should be used by everybody, regardless of what state their teeth is in. It is a complementary process to your daily tooth brushing chores. There are some people who I particularly recommend it for though.

People wearing braces
Having never worn braces in my life, I can't relate with the frustration of having to wear one. However, one thing for sure is how much of a benefit a water pick can have for brace users. If you try using dental flosses or toothpicks, there are bound to be some parts of the teeth where you aren't able to floss effectively. This is when a water pick comes in handy. It can reach deep within the gum-line where food debris may have gotten stuck.

People with gum diseases
Not only is it effective in removing food debris, it is also effective in killing bacteria. From time to time, I like to add a bit of anti-bacterial mouth wash to the water reservoir. This helps you kill bacteria that are growing within your gum-line.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Unfortunately, I am one of those who have been punished with impacted wisdom teeth. This leaves a gap next to my back molar, where food particles get stuck after every meal. With a toothpick or dental floss, I am able to take out large food particles but that still leaves small ones behind. The water pick is able to spray the small ones out, making sure my jaw and gum is nice and healthy.

How to Use a Water Pick

People have different ways of using a water pick but there is one thing you must be cautious about. When you aim your shower head, make sure it is horizontal to your jaw-line. Don't aim the water towards the gum. Rather, aim it so the water shoots out from the other end of the teeth. Some people believe that if you aim it to your gum, bacteria and food particles can get lodged even deeper into the gum, which increases the likelihood of bacterial infection.

If you are looking for a long-term teeth whitening solution, a water pick is something you should definitely have in your cleaning arsenal. This is what I normally do after every meal. First, I will use the water pick to clear out any food debris stuck between my teeth. Next, I will brush it for a few minutes. Finally, I will use the water pick again, but this time with a bit of mouthwash solution. Overall, it takes five to six minutes. This might be longer than your average brushing session but trust me, it will make such a big difference after two weeks.

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