Walter Shillington writes about products he knows firsthand. His articles focus on healthcare, electronics, watches, and household items.
I still remember that unfortunate visit to the dental hygienist. After struggling to clean my badly discolored teeth for almost an hour, she sat back and plaintively asked, “Why don’t you floss?”
My reply was honest but not particularly tactful.
“You find it inconvenient?” she repeated back. “Inconvenient!”
The hygienist angrily explained the benefits of flossing, ending with a heartfelt appeal that if I found it too inconvenient to floss, she would rather I never darkened her doorway again.
Okay, dental hygiene is essential. I get it. And, if I am unwilling to floss, I’d better find another method to clean out all those tiny bits of food matter trapped between my teeth.
I threw away my old manual toothbrush, replacing it with one powered by a battery. The electric toothbrush helped but did not replace the need to floss.
The next step was to purchase an oral irrigator. My new device came equipped with a large water tank, seven jet tips, and the ability to set the water pressure and pulse rate to ten different levels. This device was the Cadillac of water flossers.
Sadly, it was also large, bulky, difficult to clean, and required access to an AC outlet. Before the week ended, the device occupied a dark corner of my kitchen cupboard, abandoned and forgotten.
Last month, I tried again. This time I narrowed my search to a water flosser that was battery-powered and portable while still retaining the ability to quickly and effectively clean between my teeth and beneath my gumline.
After checking around, I discovered a breed of oral irrigators intended for use while traveling. I closely examined several models, finally settling on the Oclean W10 Water Flosser.
The W10 Water Flosser weighs in at 10.8 ounces, increasing to 16.5 ounces if filled with water. When equipped with a nozzle, it reaches 10.6 inches in height, is 2.8 inches wide, and 2.2 inches thick. My water flosser is white and pink in color, but a white and green version is also available.
These devices are comprised of a water tank, pump, battery, control panel, and strap. A water inlet and a nozzle insertion point are located at the top of the flosser. Four different nozzles are supplied.
The bottom compartment is semitransparent and can be easily removed to assist in draining and cleaning.
A pair of buttons are used to power on the unit and select the desired mode of operation. Lights indicate the battery’s state and confirm the chosen mode. Near the bottom, a flap can be opened, revealing the device’s USB-S charging input.
- Manufacturer: Oclean
- Common name: W10 Portable Oral Irrigator
- Model: W6010
- Tank capacity: 200 milliliters (7 ounces)
- Dry weight: 305 grams (10.8 ounces)
- Filled weight: 469 grams (16.5 ounces)
- Width: 7.2 centimeters (2.8 inches)
- Thickness: 5.5 centimeters (2.2 inches)
- Height: 27 centimeters (10.6 inches)
- Input power: 5V at 1A
- Battery: 1400mAh lithium-ion
- Pulse Rate: 1400 pulses per minute
- Manual Pressure Control: Powerful, standard, sensitive, impulse, and point shooting
- Nozzles Included: Standard, orthodontic, periodontal, and tongue cleaner
- Water Resistance: IPX7
Shenzhen Yunding Information Technology trademarks Oclean.
Those who floss generally slide a thin nylon filament between their teeth or utilize an oral irrigator like the W10 water flosser.
String floss is cheap and can be used everywhere. Dental floss is inserted between each tooth and gently scraped up and down its surfaces in this procedure. This process removes plaque and food particles from the teeth and out from beneath the gum line. If performed correctly, string flossing is very effective.
Oral irrigators are somewhat more expensive and can be less convenient to use. These devices generate pulsating streams of water that massage the gums and push food debris away from teeth. Water flossers tend to be less abusive to the gums than traditional string floss. Also, pulsating water streams can reach areas that dental floss cannot, especially for those with braces.
This water flosser is fitted with a 1400mAh lithium-ion battery which can be easily recharged using the provided USB cable. According to the manufacturer, a single charge will last for up to four weeks. I operated this device for two minutes a day over a period of one week. At the end of this test period, the water flosser’s battery did not yet require a recharge.
This device comes equipped with four different nozzles. The Standard tip is intended to clean between teeth while the gum line can be more effectively dealt with utilizing the periodontal pocket nozzle. Those with braces will make use of the orthodontic tip. The spoon-shaped nozzle is great at scraping debris from tongues.
Modes of Operation
- In the Powerful mode, the device emits a steady stream of strongly pulsated water. There is sufficient water to operate in this manner for 50 seconds. Every 15 seconds, the water stream hesitates momentarily to indicate the passing time. I found the Powerful mode to be slightly painful to my gums, but this problem should disappear as they become healthier.
- In Standard mode, the strongly pulsated water stream rate is not quite as high as in Powerful mode. It proved to be easier on my gums.
- In Sensitive mode, the rate of the strongly pulsed water stream drops considerably. While Sensitive mode is less effective, the stream will continue for an additional 15 seconds before the device’s water tank empties. This mode would be helpful for those with sensitive teeth and gums.
- In Impulse mode, the flosser’s pulsating water stream is further pulsed. This results in a water output that increases in strength over the length of each individual pulse.
- In Point-Shooting mode, the device only emits a steady stream of strongly pulsed water when the power button is held down. This allows the operator better control over the operation.
Because my teeth and gums are in reasonable shape, I used the Standard and Sensitive modes only once to ensure they functioned correctly.
I usually fill up the tank, insert either the standard or periodontal pocket nozzle, and choose between the Powerful and Impulse mode. I switch between the two nozzles and modes each day.
After the tank empties, I install the tongue cleaner nozzle and refill the device with water. Then I scrape my tongue clean. The tongue cleaner works well.
Total time, including cleanup, works out to about three minutes. That is certainly acceptable.
The W10 water flosser is small, battery-powered, and easy to use. This device is the ideal option for those wishing to take good care of their teeth while traveling.
Lazy people—and I am one of those—are simply looking for a method of maintaining their teeth without wasting a lot of time or effort. This portable unit is pretty much exactly what we want. Until the end of September, the Oclean W10 Water Flosser is on sale for $59.99.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2021 Walter Shillington