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Stop Trying to Make Mint String Happen. Have Your Kids Try Water Flossing Instead

Top Product: Waterpik Water Flosser for Kids| $58 | Amazon

“Did you brush your teeth?” Hearing a “yes” from your kids can be a victory all its own. But asking them if they’ve flossed? You may as well ask them to explain the theory of relativity.

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You’ve got your trusty Waterpik flosser, but the rugrats are stuck with the old string stuff. You can’t really blame them for skipping that part, especially as beginners in dental hygiene. If brushing your teeth is the steak buffet with bubblegum toothpaste appetizers, flossing is the mint toothpicks the adults dive for at the end of the meal. Boring! But it’s also, of course, integral to maintaining good dental hygiene. You’ve still got to do it, even when it hurts.

If you’re finding it harder and harder to get your kids (or babysitting charges?) to floss, consider swapping over to the faster, more comfortable water method. No pain, no frustrating containers, and no strings to worry about. The result? Squeaky clean teeth, with no fuss. And everyone loves miniature squirt guns. Here are some of the best water flossers for kids.

Best Overall: Waterpik Water Flosser for Kids

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While an adult’s Waterpik is usually a stark, clinical white, take one look at this Nickelodeon slime green gizmo and you can probably guess which one they’d rather use to erase the grime between their chompers. To be fair, it all comes out clean (it’s water, after all), but the Waterpik Water Flosser for Kids looks fun enough to stick with every night. It’s kid-sized and simple to use, with a special tip for general cleaning and one for kids with braces. It’s also extra safe, with a lengthy cord attached to a large 15-ounce water reservoir. It has 20 cling decorations to customize it for the kids, and for the ones who pay the dental bills, it has three pressure settings. The reservoir even flips down when not in use to keep accidents from happening.

With all these kid-friendly augments, you’ll hardly be able to keep the half-pints out of the bathroom. Hopefully, they’ll aim the Waterpik at their teeth and not each other. At least there’s a 2-year warranty if you need it.

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Best for Travel: ToiletTree Children’s Countertop Water Flosser

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The fun color trend continues with another transparent water flosser in three funky hues. The ToiletTree Children’s Countertop Water Flosser is more than just a pretty face, though. It comes with a hefty 20-ounce water tank with adjustable water pressure that should last for days without being changed out. That makes it great for kids who’d rather not complicate their daily and weekly chores. The flosser features several tips to change out for little mouths with sensitive gums and teeth. But most importantly, despite its larger reservoir, it doesn’t take up too much room. It’s an attractive and fun flosser with tons of water, an adjustable pressure knob perfect for small hands, a lengthy coiled cord to keep water flowing, and a ton of stickers to decorate the tank.

If your kids like fancy diamonds, jellyfish, and unicorn horns, they’ll love this fun water flosser in pink, green, and blue, too.

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Best Cordless Flosser: Vosaro Cordless Water Flosser

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Whether it’s a phone or a hairdryer, cords can be a major annoyance. If the kids end up getting tangled up in their various bathroom appliances (or others around the house), or you don’t trust them with outlets, it’s probably time for a cordless water flosser. The Vosaro Cordless Water Flosser is a great first choice for your dental hygiene-conscious (or deficient) child. It’s nice and large, but still grippy enough for smaller hands. It may not be connected to a large reservoir, but it contains a 10-ounce supply that should carry any user through several flossing sections or an estimated 120 seconds.

But just because it’s handheld, that doesn’t mean it isn’t powerful. It has a few water speeds and pulse modes to really eliminate those stubborn food particles. It’s still lightweight and rechargeable, though, and great for younger users because of its ergonomic shape. It also comes in pink and blue, in case you have picky youngsters who care about that kind of thing. The blue option comes with a set of additional heads, too.

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Best Toothbrush Combo: Atmoko HP083AB

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Let’s face it: Sometimes, getting the kids to floss is only part of the problem. If you find it’s pretty difficult to get them to brush as well, the Atmoko HP083AB Water Flosser and Toothbrush Combo might be a solution sent from above. This one-two punch of brushing and flossing is attached to the same unit. So make the case to the kids: if you’re going to floss, you may as well brush, and vice versa since it’s right there. The toothbrush isn’t a slouch, with a motor that lets it run at 40,000 strokes per minute. It’s adjustable too, so no little mouths get hurt with a toothbrush that’s too powerful.

Then flip over to the adjoined water flosser. It’s powered by a 22-ounce water reservoir with 90 seconds of water capacity without a refill. The water’s also easily shut off via on/off handle switch that’s simple for smaller hands to push, and its 10 adjustable water pressure settings all run quietly under 75 decibels—all in one sleek package.

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Best for Travel: YaFex Portable Oral Irrigator

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Just because you’re on the go, it doesn’t mean that you need to neglect your dental health. This power water flosser can pick teeth up to 1600 times/minute and is strong enough to remove 99.99% of food residue, even below the gums. This flosser also has three different modes for variety, including normal, soft, and pulse. It even has an adjustable DIY mode, so you can customize your own with the perfect water pressure.

It’s also perfect for travel! The product folds easily to a size similar to a phone and can easily fit inside bags, luggage, or even your pocket. It’s also rechargeable and can last 20-30 days after it’s fully charged.

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This story was originally published by Brittany Vincent on 03/08/2021 and updated with new information by Juliana Clark on 03/18/2021.

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Brittany Vincent has been covering video games and tech for 13 years for a variety of publications. When she's not writing or gaming, she's looking for the next great visual novel (like Saya no Uta.)