Admittedly, a water flosser is a relatively new invention in the field of dentistry and one would think that there are only a few of water flossers to choose from when you are interested in buying one.
However, that is not really the case; when you look for a water flosser these days, you will be faced with a lot of brands to choose from. These range from a corded flosser to cordless type or from electrically operated to battery powered. There are so many that you might find yourself overwhelmed by the sheer number.
It is a common oral routine that you brush your teeth. One would find hat brushing one’s teeth is enough oral care. Then if you are more conscientious, you follow up by flossing your teeth to get rid of stuck food particles or residue between your teeth.
However, most often than not, there are areas in your teeth that you find difficult and even impossible to floss. Examples of these are the innermost and farthest molars and those portions underneath your retainers and braces.
When it comes to these problem areas, a water flosser is more likely to solve your cleaning difficulty. A water flosser is the latest innovation it when it comes to flossing.
It evolved from the olden toothpick to the finer string floss, and then to the modern air floss. It basically uses a pressurized water stream to remove particles between and around your teeth as well as residing bacteria inside your oral cavity.
There are several types of water flosser available in the market now but the most common types or categories are the countertop water flossers and cordless water flossers.
So to give you a better picture of the two types of water flossers, here is a brief compare and contrast of them:
Water Flosser Comparison: Countertop Water Flosser vs. Cordless Water Flosser
As to the power source
A countertop water flosser is typically attached to an electric outlet for power while a cordless water flosser is run by a battery, usually a rechargeable one.
As to the size of the water
A countertop water flosser usually has a large or wide water reservoir. The cordless water flosser, on the other hand, has a smaller water reservoir when compared to the former.
Depending on the water capacity of the water flosser, a countertop water flosser can floss a stream of water for at least sixty to 60 to 90 seconds while the cordless water flosser usually runs for 30 to 45 sec.
As to the use
Because the countertop water flosser has a larger water reservoir compared to the cordless one, it can be used multiple times without the need to refill the tank after every use.
The same does not hold true when it comes to the cordless type for the smaller water reservoir allows one to use it once or twice, at most, and necessitates a refill right after.
There are smaller ones that need to be refilled several times before you can make a complete cleaning of your teeth and oral cavity.
As to the mechanism
In a countertop type of water flosser, the water reservoir is connected to the handle through a hose or a cord; hence, a countertop water flosser is also called a corded water flosser. In a cordless type, no hose if needed for the water itself is stored within the handle of the flosser.
Since a countertop is corded, it is often a permanent fixture; hence, portable. The cordless water flosser, however, is the portable type. It is the perfect type to bring with you anywhere, even on your travels.
As to water pressure settings
Water pressure settings enable you to control the force of the water stream that comes out of the flosser. A countertop type normally has a wider range of water pressure settings than the cordless type.
The countertop pressure settings would range from 10 to 100 PSI – a far cry from the normal range settings of the cordless type which falls within the 45 to 75 PSI.