The best water flossers for healthier teeth and gums

An alternative to waxed string.

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Get gunk from between your teeth with a strong, narrow stream of water.Lesly Juarez

Some people prefer water flossing to traditional string flossing—my dentist has described it like hosing down a deck as opposed to sweeping one. Water flossing is also preferable for people with orthodontic work (like those pesky permanent retainers) or those with crooked teeth. It’s also a bit better for the planet, since it uses a bit of water rather than nylon and wax. Below, some of our water pick picks:

Water Flosser Professional Cordless Dental Oral Irrigator

Water Flosser Professional Cordless Dental Oral Irrigator

A cordless water flosser that’s great for travel.Amazon

This rechargeable flosser can be used for more than a week when fully charged, which makes it the perfect accessory for longer trips. It has three modes: normal, gentle, and pulse. It removes plaque, dislodges stuck food bits, and helps prevent tooth decay. This option comes in three different colors: white, black, and blue, and has four interchangeable jet tips for your roommates or family members.

Oral Breeze ShowerBreeze Water Jet Dental Irrigator

Oral Breeze ShowerBreeze Water Jet Dental Irrigator

Never forget to water floss again with this handy shower install.Amazon

Made out of chrome-plated brass, this shower-bound dental irrigator easily installs in minutes. It not only is a great way to thoroughly clean out your teeth daily, but can double as a power wash for your razors or bathtub. The set comes with two picks.

Waterpik Water flosser electric dental countertop oral irrigator for Teeth

Waterpik Water flosser

The best overall water flosser.Amazon

The Waterpik Aquarius Water Flosser was the first in its class accepted by the American Dental Association (ADA). It offers a unique combination of water pressure and pulsations with 10 settings plus a massage mode for gum stimulation. The flosser comes in nine different colors and comes with seven tips so your whole family can water floss freely.