Is there anyone on earth so meticulous and detail oriented that they actually enjoy flossing their teeth? Maybe there is, but for the rest of us, especially those too young to appreciate the benefits of assiduous plaque removal, there are alternatives aplenty. These include a time-tested technology that's been around for more than half a century: the oral irrigator. Waterpik has reliably and profitably been manufacturing oral irrigators since the 1960s. The product category was invented by the company's founders. And while they have competitors today in the oral irrigator game, they're still one of the largest presences in the market.
The Waterpik Water Flosser WP-260 for Kids is an oral irrigator with training wheels on. It has a simple control system and an electrical design that Waterpik calls "kid-proof." It also -- this kind of thing is important in kidland -- comes with a colorful recharger and 20 stickers to put on it. (Proper oral hygiene is one thing, but motivating kids to take care of it on their own is another.) Equally important for juvenile toothcare: The WP-260 is designed to clean plaque around braces, so that young teeth don't decay while they're being straightened. Nobody wants their kids to have straight teeth with holes in them.
The unit is also smaller than Waterpik's adult models, with less space for water in its reservoir and fewer extra flossing tips, so you can't save money by getting one of these for yourself. (The difference in price isn't that huge anyway.) There aren't a lot of water flossers on the market specifically aimed at children, so parents might want to take a serious look at it. Parents looking to buy water flossers for themselves, on the other hand, might want to look at other models, like the more grown-up Waterpik Aquarius or the Pursonic OI-200
I was really disappointed to see how messy is for kids even at the lowest level of pressure, the water splashes all over the place.
This unit is a convenient way to do some deep cleaning between your teeth & along the gum line. It doesn't replace flossing, but adds something great to it.
My 12-year-old daughter has braces so this was a lifesaver. It works great for the first month and a half and then just completely stopped working.
This has been the perfect flosser for my nine year old son who already has braces. It is easy to use and sized well for his hands to operate.