I have a confession. While I have wonderfully white teeth (something I regularly get compliments on), the truth of the matter is, while I’m a religious brusher, I’m a terrible flosser. And every dentist I’ve ever been to will vouch for it. That’s always the feedback — floss more. And with every new years resolution for improvement or health motivation speech I make to myself, I can not for the life of me get into a flossing routine (and the floss is on my nightstand just staring at me on a nightly basis).
So when Sonicare emailed me, calling all non-flossers to try out their Philips Sonicare AirFloss, I was all over it! It’s easy to hold and position in the front and backs of teeth divides, and from there it’s a simple point and press and voila, air flossed! How it works is it combines air and microdroplet technology to help remove plaque in a single burst. It’s gentle, and makes this little click sound and feels like a burst of air is being released in between your teeth. It’s super fast and easy, clicking in between teeth takes less then a minute for your entire mouth and by the end of it your mouth feels surprisingly clean! And I only say surprisingly because as you’re doing it the first time it’s hard to fathom this as a substitute for flossing — it’s just so much less intense. That and I can tell it’s working since over the past few weeks of using it I can feel more air being dispenses in between my gums (I’m sure it was severely blocked in the beginning), ans also food and whatever gets stuck in the back of my mouth come out when I use it. It also scores major points for the fact that I actually enjoy doing it, whenever I’m bored or just see it next to my bed I shoot it around my mouth. It’s so convenient.
To clean the AirFloss if you’ve been using it with water, fill it with mouthwash and spray into the sink repeatedly until there’s no spray left. (Definitely do this if it starts to get some of that light morning breathe smell — it will ensure that no bacteria remains).
Philips Sonicare AirFloss comes with a charger and it took well over a week after I originally charged it before it needed to be recharged. It holds two teaspoons of water (or you can fill with mouthwash), which is enough for two uses and then refill as directed (just open the latch and add more water/mouthwash). It also comes with a two-year guarantee from Philips. Nozzle can be replaced every 6 months or so, otherwise hopefully it lasts forever, because I love it.
Is it as good as flossing… probably not. So if you’re already a regular flosser, don’t make the switch. However, if you downright can’t get into a routine or want to add something to dental regimen to boost the minimal flossing you already do, you need this. And just by taking action it is motivating me to floss more as well. For all of you non-flossers, like me, try it and either tweet me @prettyconnected or leave a comment and let me know what you think!
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Disclaimer: I got a sample. Pretty Connected was under no obligation to write this review and did not receive compensation for doing so.