The Sonicare Airfloss is a rechargeable power flosser that could put an end to the torturous process of manual flossing.
Flossing should be part of almost every ones daily dental care routine. Flossing correctly can remove the plaque that’s trapped between the gaps in our teeth.
Dental professions recommend flossing at least once day but 79% of the UK population don’t floss regularly. Even more alarmingly; only 5% of those who do floss are doing so effectively.
Clearly there is a need for a better flossing solution. Is the Sonicare AirFloss the gadget that will end our flossing woes? Let’s take a look.
Charging and Battery Life
To get the most battery life out of your AirFloss, it is essential that you charge it for 24 hours before first use. If used daily, the flosser will last two weeks on a single charge.
The charger is exactly the same as the ones used with Sonicare Electric Toothbrushes, apart from the DiamondClean charger. So if you already have a Sonicare brush you can keep the one that comes with the AirFloss as a spare.
How the AirFloss works
The AirFloss is a handheld device and looks similar to an electric toothbrush although it’s slightly heavier and the base is thicker. The base unit has two buttons which are on/off and the ‘blast’ button.
Despite the name, the cleaning action uses air and water or diluted mouthwash if you prefer. Just pour a small amount of your chosen liquid into the reservoir and you are good to go. The reservoir only takes about two tablespoons of liquid but this is enough for two days flossing.
If you choose to put mouthwash or diluted mouthwash in the reservoir; check the mouthwash doesn’t contain Isopropyl Myristate, Sonicare state that this could damage the device.
The nozzle has a guidance tip that helps you line up the nozzle between each tooth. Once you line up the nozzle, press the button to get a quick burst of pressurised air and micro-water droplets to clean deep between teeth and remove any debris stuck there. After each burst move along your gum line, allowing the tip to settle between each tooth and blast away again. You can always give an extra blast to any debris that stubbornly refuses to give in easily.
Make sure you close your mouth when using it otherwise you end up with a splattered mirror. It takes a bit of getting used to but pretty quickly you will be able to floss all your teeth in under a minute. It’s not a bad idea to spend a little extra time do a more thorough clean once or twice a week.
The sensation feels a little strange at first but not particularly unpleasant and you may find you spit blood for a few days when you first start using it. If the bleeding does not stop after a few days you should seek advice from your dental professional.
It has a detachable head or nozzle on the top that should be changed every six months. You can get a three pack of nozzles less than twenty pounds online.
I was interested to note the AirFloss instructions specify that it is “not a replacement for flossing”. Read into that what your will; but that statement doesn’t fill me with much confidence.
Here’s what Sonicare does claim the AirFloss is capable of, if used as part of your daily dental care routine:
- quicker and more effective than using dental floss or picks
- cleaner and less messy than using a water flosser
- removes up to 99 per cent more plaque between teeth than brushing alone
- clinically proven to improve gum health in just two weeks
- after one month, 96% of infrequent manual flossers continued to use the AirFloss four or more days per week
Does the AirFloss deliver what it promises?
This product is not as effective as traditional dental flossing or water flossers. This item is much better suited to people who don’t floss at all; that in itself makes this a welcome addition to the range of dental care products.
- generally well designed and good build quality
- it can be a time saver
- does remove debris very well
- get you into the routine of flossing regularly
- uses only a tiny amount of water or mouthwash
- makes less mess than water flossers
- even Sonicare state this is not a replacement for flossing
- quite expensive
- the water reservoir door is made of cheap plastic
- can only be used from the front, so no cleaning the back of your teeth
- doesn’t clean under the gum line as well as traditional water flossers
- far too many complaints about the product being faulty and having to be returned
What’s in the box?
- 1 x Handle
- 1 x Nozzle
- 1 x Charger
I can’t recommend the AirFloss, too many people complained about it being faulty out of the box. Such a shame because it’s got so much potential and clearly there is a huge demand for this product judging by the sales figures.
As a result; my Brush Marks (BM) rating system gives the Sonicare AirFloss a rating of 44. To put this in context, the lowest rated electric toothbrush reviewed on this site has a BM rating of 63. Visit the homepage to see the ratings for the best electric tootbrush.
For those with limited dexterity, reluctant manual flossers, gadget lovers or those with braces; it may still be worth taking a bit of a chance.