The best water flossers for healthier teeth and gums

An alternative to waxed string.

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:

Take it with you: Water Flosser Professional Dental Oral Irrigator

On-The-Go Hygiene

A choice that’s great for trips.

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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.

Editor’s Pick: Waterpik WP-660 Water Flosser

Top-Of-The-Line

It holds 22-ounce of water in the reservoir, which is about 90 seconds of cleaning.

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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.

Convenient access: Oral Breeze ShowerBreeze Water Jet Dental Irrigator

Set Comes With Two Picks

Never forget with this handy bathroom installation.

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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. Best part? You’ll always have it on hand when you jump in the shower.