This was my first time using a water flosser. Both of my parents have one, but I never asked them about theirs. I see them taking up half of their counter space every time I go over. And I've noticed that they are always occupying one of the outlets. I never looked into purchasing one for myself because I've always been a little skeptical. Can water really work as well as floss?
I have to floss my teeth every night. My family has horrible teeth. It just runs in our genes. I brush, I floss, I mouthwash, but I still get cavities. How????!!!! I don't drink coffee. I don't eat lemons. And I drink tons of water. I don't get it. Needless to say, my oral hygiene routine is frustrating, time-consuming, and relentless.
I hate flossing. I absolutely loathe getting ready for bed mostly due to this simple task. And it doesn't help that I have two permanent retainers. I have one on top that is connected to four separate teeth, and one on bottom that is connected to two teeth, but spans four teeth. Every night I have to thread my flosser and wind my way through each bracket. If you have never attempted this then you have no idea what tedious means. Even the hygienist at the dentist office hates doing them. It used to take me fifteen minutes or more each night to floss. After years of bloody gums and bent flossers I have finally mastered the art, but I still hate it.
Setting up the Gurin Professional Rechargeable Flosser was way easier than I expected. However, it does take 8 hours to charge. Plug it in as soon as you get it. And if you notice the battery light blinking then be sure to plug it in pronto. There are two different ways that you can fill the water tank. Both are very easy, it just comes down to preference. You can either lift the flap and run a small stream of water into the tank or you can remove the entire tank and fill it. I use an entire tank of water each time I floss. The tank has a capacity of 16.9 ounces. Any smaller and I would have to refill it twice.
I also make sure to leave the water tank open so that air can circulate. I don'twant moisture stuck inside that can cause mildew or mold. The tank is also BPA free which is comforting. I don't have to worry about harmful chemicals leaching into my water. It is even FDA approved.
When I read the instructions, it said to leave the mouth slightly open. For people like me they should have worded it "mostly closed." I ended up soaking my mouth, face, mirror, and three walls. Lesson learned. Just leave a small hole between your lips for water to pour out. And lean over the sink! My second attempt was pure success. It's not that hard to get the hang of.
And don't be afraid of it. Be sure to try all three modes. See what works best for you. My gums are pretty sensitive. With each pregnancy my gums recede more and more. Depending on what I've eaten determines if I use Normal, Soft, or Pulse.
Flossing is so fast and easy now. I no longer dread it. Even on the nights when I'm completely exhausted and ready to pass out I can find the time and energy to floss. I don't know why I didn't get one of these sooner. It's probably going to give me healthier teeth and gums and hours to sleep.
It comes with two differently colored heads. One for you and one for the person you kiss goodnight. Just don't give it to your kids. That's an epic water war waiting to happen.
Did I mention how compact it is? It takes up less counter space than my mouthwash. You can even keep it in the cupboard if you remove the flossing nozzle. And if you're not charging it then you still have all of your outlets accessible. I just store the cord in the drawer when it's not in use.
If you hate flossing then you definitely need to try a water flosser! It changes everything. I got mine from Amazon which offers free shipping for Prime Members. I purchased mine at a discount in exchange for an honest and unbiased trial and review.
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Have fun flossing!!!