Waterpik Ultra Water Flosser Review
When it comes to oral irrigation the waterpik ultra water flosser could not only be the best waterpik but the best water flosser on the market! That’s quite a big statement to make in the opening sentence of a review! Scroll down to find out I think so.
So what exactly is a water flosser?
It uses a water pick or oral irrigator to gently remove plaque and debris from between teeth and below the gum line. The tool was invented in 1962 and is used by dentists but has recently found its way into homes and is proving to be especially effective for people with gingivitis, orthodontic appliances like braces, crowns, or implants. Most notably this type of pic reduces bleeding and gingivitis compared to traditional methods.
How effective is it?
If you have read a lot of waterpik reviews you will notice that there isn’t a long list of benefits to using an oral irrigator because the job that it has to do is quite simple: it needs to remove plaque and clean in the hard to reach places of your mouth without resulting in bleeding or irritation. Some concerns about this type of tool have been clarified and shown to be untrue. For example, there was concern that using a water flosser would push bacteria into pockets in the mouth. In fact, it does a great job of reducing bacteria in hard to reach places. The one negative point that researchers have found is the ineffectiveness of this tool if used on a setting lower than medium speed. There needs to be enough pressure in the device to remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria.
There is some debate about the effectiveness of water flossers versus the traditional string way. Both methods show effectiveness and the key for either device is to use it properly and consistently.
Whether you use dental string or the electric method on medium or above, it is really important that you consistently use it with the right technique Flossing shows great benefits, no matter what device you use.
What do you get with the Waterpik WP 100?
With the WP-100 you get a base, the wand and a variety of tips. The actual space taken up by the Ultra system is 5 1/2 by 4 1/2 inches. The height is about 8 inches if the top cover is on and 10.25” if the wand is in the holder. The hose will stretch out from the unit to about 8 inches. The base itself is built to do its job which is a polite way of saying that it is not very attractive at all! In terms of tips you get the classic tip which is for general use and the ultra comes with two of these.
The Pik pocket is used to deliver low pressure liquid to periodontal pockets. A tip for cleaning your tongue, the orthodontic tip specifically designed for use with braces or dental work. The toothbrush tip is similar to using a manual toothbrush but the constant flow is meant to clean and rinse the tooth surface at the same time.
The plaque seeker tip is for cleaning your gum line. In terms of changing the tips, the company recommend that the classic and tongue tips are changed every 6 months but the others need changing every 3 months.
Anything people don’t like about the Ultra?
A few people did not get on with water flossing at all. One person said it was “too loud, too messy and too big!” Others said that you need to put the pressure up to really do the job well and because of this you need to refill the tank half way through cleaning. You also need to keep the tank clean and some people said that this was either too difficult to do or they couldn’t be bothered. Others complained of leaking or the pressure dropping after only a few months.
However, after reading the manual a lot of these problems have solutions which are mentioned in the troubleshooting section at the back of the manual. You can see for yourself here. For example, you need may need to descale your tank and tubes if the pressure drops. You can do this by putting half a cup of vinegar into the unit with water and letting it soak for roughly an hour then run as normal.
Why we love it
This might sound strange but it’s really satisfying seeing all the food debris that comes out of your mouth after using this oral irrigator. Even after brushing with a high quality electric toothbrush, It makes you realise how important flossing is.
We hated using dental floss but love water flossing. It’s also really good at cleaning when you have braces and the conventional way becomes difficult.
The Waterpik ultra water flosser works. Enough said!
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