Water Flosser Basics

What is a Water Flosser?

A water flosser is an oral health appliance designed for dental care at home.

Although sizes and features vary, all Waterpik® Water Flossers include:

  • Motor with pump
  • Water reservoir
  • Special water flosser tip

The motor and pump cause a stream of pressurized, pulsating water to flow from the reservoir through the tip and into the mouth.

The targeted stream of water removes plaque, food particles, and bacteria in a way that’s more effective, more comfortable, and easier than traditional string floss. The pulsating action also stimulates gum tissue for added health benefits.

Why Choose a Water Flosser?

If you don’t like string floss, don’t floss often, or find string floss hard to use, a water flosser can be the answer.

What About Toothbrushing?

For daily home care, dentists recommend:

  • Brushing your teeth 2x a day for 2 minutes
  • Flossing once a day to clean between your teeth

Although water flossing reaches areas that tooth brushing can’t, it is not a replacement for brushing your teeth. Rather, it is an alternative to string floss, interdental brushes, or floss threaders to remove plaque and debris that brushing leaves behind.

Is Water Flossing Messy?

Compared to string floss, water flossing is easier and doesn't require you to put your hands in your mouth or deal with used string floss. The correct technique is they key. Unlike string floss, you don’t need to look in the mirror or hold your mouth open wide. To use a water flosser, place the flosser tip in your mouth, close your lips most of the way, and lean over the sink. Then turn the power on. As you floss along the gumline and between your teeth, allow the water to empty from your mouth into the sink.

Why Dentists in the US Recommend Waterpik® Water Flossers

Effective, Fast, and Easy

Watch this quick video from Dr. Salierno, DDS to learn why he recommends the Waterpik® Water Flosser to his patients.

For details about features and to read product reviews, browse our variety of Waterpik® Water Flosser models: