One of the best gifts my husband ever gave me was my Water-Pik.
Having braces at 42 is no joy, but a Water-Pik is a great help in soothing the pain.
That said, if you, like me, have braces and you are thinking of getting a Water-Pik, just keep this hint in mind:
While cleaning your teeth, be careful not to ever inadvertently aim the water jet at the back of your throat.
Gagging while trying to clear water out of your innermost nasal passages is, um, unpleasant. And if you drop the Pik and it sprays down your entire vanity area while you are trying to get ahold of yourself...
If I had categorized archives, this one would go along with the one about how I discovered that it is best not to spray perfume in one's eye while dressing for church.