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Oral irrigators

December 16, 2020Dental

What is an oral irrigator (or dental water jet) and what is it for?

Irrigators are devices that use a high-pressure jet of water to remove the remains of food and bacterial plaque from the teeth and gums, improving dental hygiene when used in conjunction with a manual or electric toothbrush, interdental brushes and dental floss.

Dental irrigators should NOT under any circumstances replace the daily brushing routine, it is just an additional step in an oral hygiene programme.

Oral irrigators are very easy to use and very safe. The best time to use one is after brushing.

They come with various nozzles for different purposes and water pressures.

What are they for?

Who are they particularly suitable for?

Who can use them?

They’re versatile and can be used at any age

What kinds of irrigators are available?

There are three main types of irrigators:

  1. Domestic bathroom irrigators. The come with several spare nozzles in different colours for families with more than one user, so each person can have their own hygienic nozzle; they also have a larger sized water reservoir (0.3/1 litre).
  2. Portable irrigators for travel or the office. The water reservoir is smaller (0.130/0.200 litre) which means it needs filling more often, they come with fewer spare nozzles and the water pressure is usually lower than in the larger models.
  3. Irrigators with electric toothbrush. First you brush your teeth with the electric toothbrush and then you finish off with the irrigator (around 2 minutes). The reservoir is big enough and they come with several nozzles.

Technical specifications


To conclude, oral irrigators are not a substitute for toothbrushes and dental floss, they are just an additional step in an oral hygiene programme, but they do have significant benefits.

Dr. Juan Andrés Maltés Abad – Dental Surgeon

ASSSA Health Insurance
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