Here's a word that almost never gets used to describe the act of flossing: fun. We all know it's good for you – dentists insist as much – but it's never really been an enjoyable affair or anything to particularly look forward to. Well, that's possibly a thing of the past. Oral irrigators—AKA water flossers, or Waterpik if you like a branded name—have been around for a while, but it's only in recent years that the form factor's started to evolve.
Instead of big bulky setups that consume an untenable amount of bathroom counter space, the modern crop of water flossers are designed to be handheld and effortless to use. One of the better, newer entrants in the category is Zenyum's Waterflosser Pro. You've likely heard of Zenyum, founded in 2018 in Singapore, for its invisible braces. The brand has since expanded its offering of dental products into categories such as sonic toothbrushes, toothpaste and mouthwash; and now, water flossers.
The thing to know about the Zenyum Waterflosser Pro is that it's powered by high pulse technology, which purports to blast away at plaque and food particles. There are five cleaning modes to choose from—we recommend starting with the lowest pulse setting to get accustomed, before slowly moving up to the more powerful options. These can be selected by using a dedicated mode selection button which displays your current setting on an OLED display. There's even a DIY mode that allows you to customise and set the water pressure to your preference—ideal for users with sensitive gums that bleed easily.
It also comes with four jet tips that span a range of uses: a standard tip for daily cleaning, a periodontal tip that gets a little deeper into tooth pockets, a specialty tip with a tapered brush on the end that's designed to accommodate orthotics and work around orthodontic brackets and wires of braces and such, and a plaque brush tip with four thin bristle tufts that's suitable for implants, dental bridge and crowns.
It's all very thoughtfully designed and the ease of use of the Waterflosser Pro is pretty enjoyable. The battery life, for one, lasts an impressive 30 days on a single charge. The water reservoir takes 280ml of water, which perfectly works out to two minutes of use—after which the device automatically turns off. And, of course, the satisfaction of seeing food particles fall out of your mouth. That last one can't be understated! A lot of personal dental care involves some trust in an unseen process, but this one gives you the gratification of visual confirmation. Seeing the remnants of your dinner get washed out of your mouth with little effort on your part makes it something to look forward to.
It's not just in this writer's head: Zenyum CEO and co-founder Julian Artope says in a press release that the product is aimed at "transforming your oral care from a boring chore into an exciting ritual." That change of perspective can also be gleaned in the sleek, understated design of the product, which comes in matte black and white colour options that sit attractively on a bathroom counter. It's a gadget you'll be happy to put on display and, much more importantly, be excited and compelled to actually use on the daily.