I’m a fairly traditional tooth-brusher. String dental floss (with a hint of minty goodness) has always been just fine, thank you very much.
Well, curiosity finally got the better of me. This advanced technology called ‘water-flossing’ – I’d heard about its supposed benefits and cleaning capabilities, but I was apprehensive. Did it really work?
Last night, I got my hands on a Waterpik Water Flosser. As your Beauty Insider, I feel compelled to tell you what happened.
Placing it on my bathroom counter, it looked shiny and professional, with a large dial on the side just waiting to be spun.
Lifting the lid with curiosity building, I discovered a little storage compartment with tiny slots for storing spare flossing tips.
Well, that’s a bit cute.
Peering into the empty water reservoir, I located the spare flossing tips. Unsheathing them from their plastic pouch, their pointy ends and spiky faces stared up at me with unwavering confidence.
Expecting to find an instruction manual the size of an encyclopedia hidden in the box, filled with tubes to connect and buttons to adjust, I was pleasantly surprised to find a single piece of paper with just a few simple steps for getting started.
Fill water reservoir with luke-warm water. Okay, easy. Choose flossing tip. Hmm… ‘Toothbrush’ tip? ‘Classic Jet’ tip? Let’s go with the ‘Plaque Seeker’ tip. That sounds promising.
Okay. Position the tip towards the sink and flick the switch.
As a stream of water sailed into the sink, I felt a shadow of scepticism. Could this really floss my teeth? It looked like a miniature ride from Wet ‘n’ Wild.
Okay. Into the mouth. Switch on.
And that’s when my scepticism vanished. The stream of water shot between my teeth with surprising accuracy, swishing through tight gaps and swirling into the farthest spaces of my mouth.
After a couple of hilarious mirror-spraying incidents, I managed to get the hang of pausing the stream of water with the button on the handle. And then I felt like a true expert, steering the flosser between my teeth and along my gumline with steady precision.
Afterwards, my gums tingled and felt strangely invigorated.
Hmm. Freshness. Incredible freshness.
I suddenly felt a little guilty. My longstanding relationship with string floss was over. Yes, just like that.
Hello, mister Waterpik. Nice to meet you.