Waterpik Cordless Water Flosser

Waterpik WP 360 Teeth Cleaner
The Waterpik WP 360 is one of the most affordable products on the market of flossers. How does the Waterpik WP 360 do against corded flossers like the Popular WP 100?

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Corded Flossers

Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. Water Flossing can be really cool; if not so necessary sometimes. It beats spending a fortune on Dental Insurance.

Ten years ago I had a porcelain crown put around one of my top molars on the left side of my mouth. The crown work created a gap which is always prone to getting jammed up with meat and other foods that are sometimes hard to remove with regular floss. Sometimes, the floss itself gets jammed in between two teeth and that creates a real problem.  Have you ever tried to remove shredded threads from the deep crevices of two or more teeth? It ain’t easy – and it ain’t fun. If a fragment or sliver of popcorn gets stuck between your teeth and deep into your gums, forget about it! This can cause weeks of problems, pain and a possible infection if it isn’t removed. This is what happened to me just recently and I was without a Water Flosser to deal with it. Our expensive corded, Waterpik clogged up and broke a few years ago, so I was without out one for a few years when I finally had to go back and buy another one. I went to Walmart to see what was available and at what price. The Waterpick WP 360 seemed to be the one that was least expensive. So, I bought a Waterpik WP 360.

Waterpik WP 360 Over Corded Flossers

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Waterpik with Cord

Corded Waterpiks

Waterpik is the most common household brand name for a dental tool known as a water flosser that shoots powerful jet streams of water between your teeth to clean them. There are other brands, but Waterpik is the first consumer model and therefore so popular that its brand has become a generic name for Water Flossers in general. There are other brands of Water Flossers such as Panasonic, Braun, Conair and Teledyne. My first Waterpik, like the one pictured left, came with a long flexible cord which is attached to a base that you fill with water. This is probably the most popular form of water flosser. It holds enough water to clean your teeth for about two minutes and it has adjustable setting which at full strength is powerful enough to make your gums bleed profusely. The good news is that it doesn’t take the most powerful stream of water to get most anything out of your teeth. The other good thing is that after repeated use, your gums will become healthier and stop bleeding. That said, it’s not all fun and games with a Corded Waterpik. The Waterpik WP 360 has no strings attached.

Disadvantages of Cord Type Water Flossers

I was constantly worried about keeping the corded waterpik sanitary. The base is easy enough to rinse out and clean but the long cord has to be purged of all of it’s water before it is put away. If there are several people wishing to use the same waterpik, I recommend constantly wiping it down with rubbing alcohol before and after use. Also, you might want to sterilize the hand held portion of the water flosser where the attached pik fits inside. I constantly worried that there might be water and mold trapped inside the cord. Needless to say, these corded water flossers are powerful, but not the most convenient to use and keep clean. That is probably why I procrastinated so long before purchasing another Water Flosser. Finally, my corded waterpik clogged up after a few years and had to be thrown away. I was ready to try a cordless and the Waterpik WP 360 was the one they had in stock at Walmart.

Waterpik Cordless Water Flossers

The Waterpik WP 360 Water Flosser Pictured at the top of this review is a Cordless Water Flosser by Waterpik. Why choose this one over the corded model above? Price is certainly one consideration. This Waterpik cordless water flosser sells for around $25-$30 where-as a Corded Waterpik typically ranges between $40 and $70. A Cordless Waterpik has no long cord to worry about cleaning or getting clogged. The base of the unit is built-in to connection where the flossing tool is held. The downside is that the WP-360 does not hold as much water and can only be used 30 seconds at a time before you must refill it with water. I read this on the box before I purchased it and it did not bother me until I realized that the base is too tall to fit under my bathroom sink faucet. I had to find a small pitcher to fill first with water then pour into the WP-360. Small matter, really. The WP-360 is not as powerful. There are two different flossing tools; high pressure and low pressure. I found that the high pressure tool is quite a bit more gentle than the corded waterpik. Don’t expect to get the same power from the WP-360 as more expensive corded models. Still, it was able to take care of the sliver of popcorn kernel that was stuck in my teeth for days. After a couple of jet streams of water, the matter was dislodged from my teeth along with some blood which is to be expected the first time you clean a problem spot between your gums. I continued using the waterpik for a couple of days. The problem area remained sensitive for a few days until it was completely healed. I really like how user friendly the WP-360 is to use and clean. At $29 bucks a pop, I wouldn’t hesitate to buy one for each member of the household. It’s exactly what your teeth need at times. IN fact, Waterpiks have been recommended by dentists for reversing gum disease!

Waterpic WP-360 Specifics

The WP-360 is the most affordable way to keep your teeth clean by Water Flossing. No messy, long cords to deal with – just a small tank of portable water that sprays jets of water between your teeth. Easy to keep clean and affordable enough that everyone in your family can have one by their sink.

WP-450

The WP-450 provides a little more water capacity and flexibility than the WP-360. People have said that it is easier to use and holds a charge better than the WP-360. If you can pay a little more and want a rechargeable water flosser, the WP-450 is for you.

WP-100

The WP-100 is probably the most popular water flosser on the planet. The WP-100 gives you more power and water capacity than either of the other two rechargable units. Because it is electric, you will never have to worry about it losing its charge. Over 1500 Amazon Users rated the WP-100 4.5 stars, the highest rating for a Waterpik water flosser, you’ll find anywhere.

If the WP-100 is the most popular on the planet, the WP 360 is the most popular Waterpik cordless water flosser in the universe.

Rhoto Eye Drops Review

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Rhoto Eye Drops

For Dry Red Eyes: Rhoto Eye Drops Does Both

I’ve had problems with dry eyes ever since I had Lasik Eye Surgery about 10 years ago. Looking at a computer screen all day long doesn’t help, either. The high cost of Systane Eye Drops and other expensive brands of eye lubricants that optometrists recommend has motivated me to search for more cost effective, long-term products for eye relief. Chronic, dry eye irritations can often be mistaken for the Symptoms of Pink Eye. My right eye, which is where I have most of my sinus problems is nearly always red, burns and feels irritated and dry. Just in case, I had my doctor take a look at the eye to see if there was any chance of a Pink Eye Infection. My doctor went over the common checklist of Pink Eye symptoms; which Rhoto drops will do you know good. What I had in my right eye didn’t quite measure up to the checklist.

Symptoms of Pink Eye

  • Redness of the Eye: Check
  • Irritated, burning and scratchiness in Eye: Check
  • Eye Itches: Uncheck
  • Fluids oozing from eye: Uncheck
  • Eyelids sticking shut: Uncheck

As I suspected, my dry, red eye is caused by the same sinus and allergy problems that cause the headaches. Regular eye moistening drops provide temporary relieve of the dryness, but only antihistamines and sinus decongestants will clear up some of the redness. I learned a long time ago to stay away from Allergy relief Eye Drop products like Visine. With prolonged use (even Rhoto Eye Drops), these types of products will cause chronic red eye addiction; much like the over-counter nasal sprays will create long-term congestion addictions. I’ve suffered through both of these addictions and they’re not easy to break. Even Lip Balm has some addictive problems associated with it. So, with these risks in mind, I decided to stick with occasional use of oral decongestants and antihistamine with eye moistening drops that can be used every day – and without costing a small fortune.

Systane Eye Drops

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Systane Eye Drops

It is critical to keep your eyes moisturized after lasik surgery and Systane Eye Drops are the ones my optometrist still recommends. A couple of years after Lasik Surgery, I got a little lax about using eye drops. Not only were my eyes feeling dry and tired, even my vision seemed to digress a little bit. I was unable to read the eye chart at 20/20 without squinting. After using the Systane Eye Drops a couple of weeks, my vision was back to a perfect 20/20. One thing I didn’t like about Systane Eye Drops: They blurred my vision for about 5 minutes after use. Systane is now using an improved formula and that is no longer a problem. The real reason I don’t use Systane Eye Drops anymore is the price.
Rating: 4-Stars

Equate Eye Drops and Artificial Tears

Equate Eye Drops are refreshing for dry eyes and they are extremely cheap. Unfortunately, they are not very long lasting. They do not have the same ingredients of the more expensive brands for addressing long-term dry eye problems. I keep them on-hand, anyway, as a supplement to the more expensive brands. There’s a better one if you want your eyes to feel refreshed and they’re called Rhoto Eye Drops.
Rating: 3-Stars

Rhoto Eye Drops

Rhoto Eye Drops are like no other artificial tears product on the market.
Dozens of user reviews give Rhoto an average rating of 5 out of 5 Stars. Users unanimously agree that Rhoto drops are the most soothing, refreshing artificial tears they have ever used. It makes sense that they are a Mentholatum brand. drops treat your eyes to the same cool, comfortable soothing sensation of other Mentholatum products. For the most comfortable relief of red, dry, irritated eyes, they are the best I’ve ever used. Is there a draw back? Yeah, they’re not cheap. Do like I do and keep the Equate on hand, if you constantly find yourself needing to re-wet your eyes. Then, once or twice a day give your eyes a real treat with the Rhoto.
Rating: 5-Stars

Vigamox Eye Drops

Both Rhoto and Systane are excellent products for treating dry, irritated eyes, but they won’t do you any good for an Eye Infection or Pink Eye. Vigamox Eye Drops are prescription eye drops for treating bacterial infections of the eye such as Pink Eye or Conjunctivitis. If you’re wondering if Vigamox Eye Drops are any good in treating this condition, don’t worry. They are 100% effective. If used properly, the symptoms will subside, if not completely go away within 48 hours.

Systane vs. Rhoto

It would take a chemist to understand the chemicals used in these eye drops. How do they work and which one is best for long term treatment of dry eye? There is no question that regular use of Systane helped my dry eye condition and even improved my vision. The Systane, however, does not give the very satisfying refreshing sensation as the Rhoto. Can they be used in place of Systane as a long term dry-eye remedy? Perhaps, some informed optometrists or ophthalmologists can chime in with some advice on this. Stay Tuned. I’ll use them sparingly, but my cabinet will always have a bottle of Roto.

Best Pain Reliever

Best Pain Reliever
Review and Pain Reliever Chart

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What is the Best Pain Reliever for the Job?

In January of 2009 I did an article on Pain Relief. Nearly two years later, this article on pain relief continues to grow in traffic. While this particular web page isn’t getting thousands of visitors a day, its popularity and response has indicated to me that hundreds of thousands of people every day are looking for ways to relieve a variety of different aches and pains. While I am certainly no expert on how to pain relievers, I’ve had enough experience with different types of pains, to know what the best pain reliever is for various maladies.  Some of the bad ones? Foot pain, gout, tooth ache pains, sinus headaches, migraine headaches, ruptured discs in the neck, lower back pain, knee and joint paint, muscle aches, sciatica nerve pain – I’ve had them all. Granted, I’ve not suffered through everything and knock on wood, I sure hope I don’t ever have a Kidney Stone. I’ve heard those are devastating. For me, sinus/migraine headaches and sciatica pain in the legs are the most common. I’ve only had two cases of gout and believe me, it is devastating.
So, based on the response to my previous article, I thought it would be useful to go into some details on specific pains and what pain relievers and treatments work best. I’ve gone into some specifics on a few of the common pains I’ve suffered through and explained what works best for me. Below everything, I’ve included a chart for rating the severity of the pain, which pain medication works best and how much relief that pain medication provides in the form of a percentage. Note, that the rating of pain may not be the same for everybody. Also, the severity of the pain can range dramatically. Because we are all built so differently, choosing the best pain reliever for the job is a very personal matter.

Best Pain Reliever for Sore Leg Muscles

Aleve is what works best for me.
This is not the same as achy legs from flu, viruses or standing too long. Sore leg muscles are generally the result of exercise. Climbing up and down a ladder, for instance, will give you sore leg muscles better than anything. For this kind of pain, Advil (Ibuprofen) gives the quickest relief, though I prefer Aleve because it lasts longer. My favorite in order: Aleve, Advil, Tylenol and Aspirin. Tip: Avoid the temptation to be sedentary when your leg muscles are extremely sore from exercise. You gotta keep moving. Try short walks, relaxed stretching and avoid sitting in one place too long. The Take an Aleve every 8-12 hours. By the third one you’ll feel better. Take two at a time, if you’re desperate, but beware that Aleve can be harmful on the stomach.

Best Pain Reliever for Back

Lower Back pain is one of the trickiest, most time consuming ailments to find relief for. Upon first suffering a lower back strain or injury. Partly, because we’re treating stiff muscles which are sometimes accompanied with sciatic nerve pain. Upon first injuring or straining my back, the pain can be pretty severe and about the only way to get quick relief is to take 3 or 4 Over-the-Counter, 200MG (OTC) Advil or ibuprofen tablets. Reduce dosage to 2 tablets every 4 hours after that to avoid upset stomach. Prescription strength ibuprofen is usually 800-1200MG, so take with your own discretion. Personally, I use Aleve because it is easier on my sensitive stomach and last longer, usually 8-12 hours. The only long-term way to relieve lower back pain is with ice and therapy. Resist the temptation to put heat on a strained back. Within the first 24 hours, use ice only and frequently. After 24 hours, you can alternate the ice with very brief periods of heating pad use. After 2-3 days, continue ice and heat therapy along with lots of good back and leg stretching. There are hundreds of good stretching exercises you can find online for helping with relieving chronic lower back pain.

Sciatic Nerve Treatment

Sciatic nerve pain is often the result of lower back injuries. My own sciatic nerve pain usually flairs up in the front and back of my legs after a lower back strain. Sciatica is usually the result of inflamed discs in our back and neck pressing on our nerves. Some people also complain about Sciatic Knee Pain. Aleve and Advil both help, but one thing that works best for me is, Tylenol. Tylenol seems to work well for me with nerve pains, overall. Once again, avoid the temptation to put heat on your back to treat sciatic pain. Ice is the way to go. You want to deaden the pain, not inflame it.

Sinus Headache Pain Relief

Sinus Headache pain can be severe. Aleve is the one pain relief medication that consistently works on my sinus headaches, which usually start around 2 – 4AM in the morning and can last up to 12-20 hours afterwards. It starts with a dull ache around my skull, then ends up as a high-pressure pain beneath my right eye. The one remedy that nearly always gives me 80-90% relief is to take two things: 1 Aleve and 1 Sudafed. 2 Hours later, I’m nearly 100%. Whether it’s sinus pain or a migraine, Aleve has always been the best pain reliever for me.

Now to Relieve Migraine Headache Pain

Migraine headaches can be confused with Sinus Headaches. Sometimes, I’m not so sure they are inter-related in some way and I often wonder if my own severe sinus headaches are not accompanied by migraines. I want to be careful about recommending the same treatment of 1 Aleve + 1 Sudafed, because some people have told me Sudafed makes them worse. Other migraine sufferers have reported that Sudafed helps relieve the pain. If you regularly suffer debilitating migraines there is prescription medicine out there called Triptan that supposedly knocks them right out. Otherwise, Aleve is what works best for me.

Relieve Foot Pain

Foot pain from running, injury or bad shoes is usually best relieved with Anti Inflammatory medications like Aleve or Advil. Use ice if you feel your foot pain is caused by injury or strain. This is different than Gout which is explained below.

Gout Pain Relief

Almost nothing in your medicine cupboard will bring Gout Pain Relief. I’ve had Gout only twice in my life, but the pain is both excruciating and debilitating. Gout is a form of arthritis and the result of high uric acid which form into painful crystals that settle in your joints; usually your foot and toe, but some people can get it in the their knee and finger joints as well. For me, Gout begins as a slight toe ache. Over the course of a few hours it develops into a swelling, excruciating pain. It’s nearly impossible to walk and the surface of the swollen, surrounding skin becomes so sore, even putting a sock on will bring tears to your eyes. The only thing that has really ever worked for me is a prescription NSAID called, Indomethacin. Usually, by the 2nd or 3rd dose, the pain is much better. But like Advil or Aleve, Indomethacin can really hurt your stomach over time. My doctor recommends taking them with Zantac to avoid stomach upset. If you can’t get to a doctor, you’ll need high dosages of Advil or Aleve to bring slight Gout pain relief. Neither ice, nor heat does any good at all and could even make it worse. It’s doubtful, you’ll even try those remedies because Gout pain is so severe that you wouldn’t think of touching in it.

Stomach Ache Remedies

If you’re suffering from a stomach ache due to a virus or something you ate, the last thing you would probably want to do is take Asprin, Aleve, Advil or other brands of Anti Inflammatory pain killers. If you really want something for the pain, try Tylenol. Sometimes stomach cramps can be caused by too little acid or too much acid in the system. For too little acid, try some vinegar or pickle juice. Too much acid, use antacids. Dehyrdation can also cause stomach pain. Viruses usually just have to run their course. In most cases, stomach ache remedies don’t involve pain killers.

Relieve Hip Pain

I use to have chronic hip pain from running and jogging every day. Like all muscle related pains, the best pain relief was either Advil or Aleve.

Neck Disc Injury Pain Relief

This was the mother of all pains for me. The most severe or excruciating pain is the one that you never get even a moment’s relief from. The only thing that worked for my neck disc injury was a prescription Codine/Tylenol along with the Aleve. That stuff is addictive so my doctor wouldn’t refill it after just 2 weeks use. Overall, however, Aleve was probably the best pain reliever to take the edge off the inflammation.

Aching Knees

Tylenol works great on aching knees. When your knees ache from over-use or stress, an NSAID like Advil or Aleve is probably more effective. However, for general aching knees caused from fatigue, chills or sickness, Tylenol really helps.

Relief for Joint Pain

For me, aching joints from cold weather, sickness or fatigue are best treated with a couple of Tylenol. If your joints ache from working them too hard, then NSAID medications like Aleve or Advil will be more effective. Tylenol seems to work best for general nerve pain and aches, chills, restlessness and pains caused from flu, virus or fatigue. When I am interested in relieving joint pain or nerve pain, I reach for the Tylenol. The only disadvantage? It only lasts 4-5 hours.

Natural Pain Relief

I’ve never found natural pain killer to effectively help with severe pain. Aloe Vera is soothing, but it’s not going to help with an excruciating neck, back disc injury. Ice is best natural remedy there is for numbing and reducing pain.

Best Pain Reliever by Type of Pain

Pain Pain Rating Pain Reliever Pain Relief
Lower Back Pain Mild-to-Severe Advil or Aleve 50%
Sore Leg Muscles Mild-to-Severe Advil or Aleve 50%
Foot Pain Mild-to-Severe Advil or Aleve 50%
Gout Moderate-to-Excruciating Advil or Aleve 30%
Sinus Headache Moderate-to-Severe Aleve + Sudafed 80%
Migraine Headache Moderate-to-Severe Aleve (Sudafed) 70%
Aching Knees Moderate Tylenol 80%
Chills, Aches, Fever Moderate-to-Severe Tylenol 70%
Neck Injury Moderate-to-Excruciating Advil or Aleve 50%
Hip Pain Mild-to-Severe Advil or Aleve 60%
Nerve Pain Mild-to-Excruciating Tylenol 75%
Tooth Ache Mild-to-Severe Tylenol 70%
Sciatic Nerve Pain Mild-to-Severe Aleve or Tylenol 60%
Kidney Stone Pain Moderate-to-Excruciating Advil or Aleve 50%
Ruptured Disk Pain Severe-to-Excruciating Advil and Tylenol 50%