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Waterpik Portable Flosser | Sustainable Dental

Waterpik Portable Flosser | Sustainable Dental

Regular price $79.99 USD
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Assessment as of: January 2024

Waterpik Cordless Advanced Water Flosser has a smart, handheld design, rechargeable battery, global voltage compatible, and 4 tips. Clinically proven and ADA Accepted with 3 pressure settings and 99.9% plaque removal. Convenient for travel with 2-year warranty.

 

Brand: Waterpik
Power Source: Battery Powered
Special Feature: Travel Accessories, Waterproof for Shower Use, Rechargeable and Portable
Product Benefits: Removes Plaque, Gum Health, ADA Accepte

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ASSESSMENT AS OF: JANUARY 2024

HOW TO GET STARTED

  1. Check with your dentist if you are switching flossing techniques or tools
  2. Get high-quality natural floss made of materials such as silk to augment your Waterpik cleaning routine
  3. Find a good place near your sink to plug in your Waterpik - you will need access to power for your Waterpik
  4. Incorporate into your normal dental hygiene routine≈
  5. Use this Waterpik in the shower if you like as it is cordless and water-resistant

EMBRACE

  1. Uses water to clean teeth versus disposable plastic floss heads or nylon floss
  2. Augments an existing sustainable flossing routine such as one that uses silk floss versus synthetic floss
  3. Uses mostly sustainable packaging
  4. Cordless and water-resistant features make this Waterpik usable in the shower


AVOID PRODUCT TYPE

Disposal Head Plastic Flossers


AVOID

  1. Many flosses are nylon which generates microplastics
  2. Some flosses are coated in PFAS or forever chemicals
  3. The floss and packaging will end up in landfills or our waterways and emit microplastics at end-of-life


Noteworthy Product Attributes

Waterpiks and similar water-based irrigation flossers do NOT replace flossing. Before making any changes to your oral hygiene routine, please consult your dentist.

Overall Sustainability Score - 56 / 100

Score Breakdown

Manufacturing (Score - 5/10) - Not made close to the target market

Distribution (Score - 5/10) - Not made close to the target market

Cost (Score - 3/10) - About 50X greater than disposable synthetic floss

Packaging (Score - 8/10) -  Contains mostly sustainable packaging - mostly cardboard and paperboard

Effectiveness (Score - 6/10) - Should not be considered a replacement for flossing, but can supplement a more sustainable flossing routine

Lifespan (Score - 3/10) - Waterpik's tend to last years to decades with some still available on eBay that are operational for the 1990s.

Fun (Score - 10/10) - Waterpiks are fun to use

Relevance (Score - 10/10) -  An ideal addition to an existing flossing routine. Waterpik's do NOT replace flossing.

Disposal (Score - 3/10) - Is made mostly of plastic so cannot be easily disposed of recycled

Recycling (Score - 3/10) - Cannot easily be recycled though some municipalities have small appliance recycling programs