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Portable water flossers?

Hi Travelers, may I have your recommendations - and otherwise - for a lightweight but effective travel water flosser? One well-known company, who made the first water flossers, doesn't seem to have anything suitable. This is a must for me but I'll be hauling my stuff around Europe and the Near East a good bit and I'd love to have something lightweight and small. Thanks!

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I love my water flosser too, but when I travel I prefer to just use floss. I’ve found that for a couple of weeks I am fine with just floss.

Posted by
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Thanks for your reply, Carrie. I should have said in my post that I am wearing braces with plastic brackets that are full of nooks and crannies - yuck! - that catch stuff only a water flosser can remove.

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sparks, you have my sympathy. I’ve been dealing with “seaweed” for over a year now. But I have insisted that my orthodontist take my braces off before I leave for Europe. After Aug 1 I can eat again! I sure didn’t want to go to France and only eat pudding! Although I didn’t mind losing 18lbs.
Sorry I don’t have a suggestion for a water pick for you. If you pack your plug-in version you may need a voltage converter because I don’t think they’re dual voltage.

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There are two or three styles: electric, battery, and faucet. All of the major brands make battery/portable units which implies the amazon must have a dozen or more weird knockoffs for sale really cheap. Take your pick. You'd want to try it out for a couple of weeks before traveling. OralB, Philips, sonicare, Waterpik, Poseidon, Belmint, Insmart, many others.

One well-known company, who made the first water flossers, doesn't seem to have anything suitable.

I don't understand what that means. Waterpik makes several portable models. Why are none of them appropriate for you? Hope you get some advice based on experience but it may help to clarify your disqualifications for Waterpik.

I have a diminutive portable unit from Waterpik (it is well designed and built for travel) but I don't travel with it–too big, too much hassle. The power supply is dual voltage so, with plug adapters, should work anywhere.

Personally, I'd be looking for a unit that uses faucet pressure because I wouldn't want to be lugging around a big thing but that's just me. Your hygiene requirements are different, of course.
https://www.oralcarebrandsreviews.com/com-02-05-001/
https://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/g28435891/best-water-flossers/
https://nymag.com/strategist/article/best-water-picks-flossers-waterpik-airfloss.html
https://buyersguide.org/water-flosser/t/best
https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/w/water-flossers
https://www.razoko.com/collections/power-dental-flossers

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2987 posts

I like the water flossers, but you need to do the regular floss, too. I notice when flossing after the water versions that there is still a little food trapped between some teeth.

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1568 posts

I have used a Panasonic water pik for the last 15 or so years. I used it extensively since I used to travel every week for work as a consultant. It works well - I’m on my second one now.

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Thanks, everyone! I appreciate your kind and informative posts. Thanks for taking the time to reply. :) Happy travels!

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1546 posts

I did the same research and also found the Panasonic one to be ideal.

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Hey Panasonic people, if you're still around, do you have any trouble getting the water to feed when you hold the unit in position to clean the back of your bottom front teeth? Waterpik users complain. Thanks.