My dental irrigator doesn't work
When using the irrigator, tap water is used, which contains minerals that accumulate in tubes and filters. Without correct maintenance, the irrigator will stop working in a short time.
Has your irrigator stopped working? Do you want me to last a long time? Learn how to clean it and perform proper maintenance.
Possible solutions for a water flosser that has stopped working
Just because the irrigator doesn't work doesn't mean it's broken. One of these cases may occur:
The battery has stopped working
Portable irrigators use lithium batteries, and these usually have a useful life of about 2-3 years if used regularly.
It will be enough to change it for a new one.
Have you noticed that the water jet has lost pressure? Maybe the jet doesn't come out like before?
In that case you must fill the tank with a mixture of 2-4 tablespoons of white vinegar with water. Stir the mixture a bit in the tank and start the irrigator pointing towards the sink.
After doing this, we recommend firing two/three jets with water, to clean the filters of vinegar residue (or the next time you clean your teeth you will notice the taste).
The tube is leaking, the tank pads have worn out, or the switch on the handle no longer works.
With use, several pieces will break down. It is unavoidable. Luckily, the brands sell replacement parts that you can buy separately without problems.
How to prevent breakdowns and extend the life of your oral irrigator
With proper care and maintenance, you can prevent breakdowns, greatly extending the life of your dental irrigator.
We are going to give you a series of tips to carry out the cleaning correctly:
Clean the tank
If the tank is removable, it is very easy for you to clean it:
- Under running tap water, perform a preliminary cleaning to remove any remaining dirt.
- Place it on the top rack of your dishwasher for a second clean or wash it with soap and water by hand.
Is very important that, if you have poured mouthwash in the tank, clean the tank each time. Rinses contain various substances that stick to tank walls, breeding bacteria and germs. You have to remove them frequently.
If he irrigator does not have a removable reservoirbuy a small brush to be able to clean it well inside, or use the mixture that we are going to explain in the next point.
Thorough cleaning of filters
Do you know how an irrigator works? The water from the tank reaches the tube of the handle through some small filters, which little by little become clogged due to the minerals that the water contains.
To avoid this, at least once a month you must follow this process:
- In the tank, pour four tablespoons of white vinegar and half a book of water.
- Start the irrigator running, shooting the stream toward the sink until the tank is half empty.
- Stop the irrigator and let the mixture take effect inside for about 20 minutes.
- After that time, empty the rest of the tank by activating the irrigator again.
- Rinse the tank with water and shoot a stream of water a few times to remove any traces of the vinegar.
Cleaning the nozzles
The heads can also get clogged by minerals, so they will also need a little maintenance:
- Submerge the nozzles in White vinegar for about 5 minutes.
- rinse each nozzle separately using warm water. The nozzles that serve to expel water, such as the standard ones, must be connected to the irrigator and shoot the water jet, to remove any debris that may remain inside.
For prevent nozzles from affecting irrigator performance it's recommended change them every 3/6 months.
Cleaning the irrigator handle
The process is similar to the one followed with the nozzles:
- Fill a large jar with a mixture of water with white vinegar.
- Add the mango, leaving it in the mixture for a few 5 minutes.
- rinse with water to remove any trace.
This process can also be followed with portable irrigators. Don't worry, they all have IPX7 water resistance, so they can be submerged without any problems.
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