We purchased (at no cost to the reviewers) the new Sonicare AirFloss Rechargeable for the two dentists and two dental hygienist in our dental office. Everyone was instructed to use the Air Flosser for seven days not to talk about it with each other until the end of the testing period. The manufacture claims
“Microdroplets of water are accelerated by pressurized air to remove plaque in-between teeth. The speed and force of these droplets are incredibly effective yet proven gentle on your gums.”
We were excited to put it to the test, below are the results:
Questionnaire and Results:
1. What was your impression of SONICARE AIRFLOSS before you tried it?
Our reviewer’s opinions of the Air Flosser ranged from skeptical to optimistic that this new device would in fact be a replacement for flossing.
2. How easy or difficult was the setup of the SONICARE AIRFLOSS?
Most of the panel agreed that the setup was fairly easy. The instructions were straight forward and quick. All of the reviewers were very excited to try this new product following the initial 24hr battery charge.
3. How would you describe the feel and build of the SONICARE AIRFLOSS?
The panel agreed that the feel of the Air Flosser is very nice, it has a solid build. It was heavy and felt like a quality gadget. However the exception was the water reservoir door which is made of cheap plastic and felt like it could break off very easily. The build of the reservoir seemed to be the weak part in the construction.
4. Did you use the SONICARE AIRFLOSS for the full 7 days? If not, how many? And why?
All members of the panel did not use the Air Flosser for seven days. This was likely consistent with the individuals normal commitment to flossing and personal preference.
5. Did you still floss while using the SONICARE AIRFLOSS?
3 of the 4 reviewers on our office panel flossed during the evaluation period. It should be noted that the Air Flosser instructions specify that it is “not a replacement for flossing”
6. Did the SONICARE AIRFLOSS remove debris?
All reviewers felt like some debris was removed interdentally with the Air Floss. However, all felt like smaller well-attached debris remained (i.e. plaque).
7. Did you find the SONICARE AIRFLOSS force to be too weak, too strong, and just right? Explain
The panel did not agree on the force of the air/water spray from the Airfloss. Some thought the force of the spray was not powerful enough to adequately clean in between the teeth while others in the panel felt the spray uncomfortably forceful to the gums. However, after using the Sonicare AirFloss for several days the reviewers became accustomed to the force of the Air Floss.
8. Will you continue to us the SONICARE AIRFLOSS?
The reviewers differ again. Some felt that they could clean their teeth just as well with floss alone and said they would not continue to use the Air Flosser. While others on the panel felt that it cleaned their teeth better than brushing and flossing alone and do plan on using the Sonicare AirFloss in the future.
9. Will you recommend the SONICARE AIRFLOSS to patients? If so what type, if not, why?
All reviewers agreed that the Air Floss could be useful to ONLY certain types of patients. Not all patients would benefit. Those patients with limited dexterity, those resistant to flossing, people who like technology/gadgets, those with braces and those with heavy debris would all benefit from the use of the Sonicare AirFloss.
10. Please give the SONICARE AIRFLOSS a letter grade and summarize your impressions of the SONICARE AIRFLOSS.
The grades ranged from A- to C-. That being said all reviewers agreed in its ability to clean between the teeth. However, depending on the reviewer it was thought that because of the limited patient population the Air Flosser was useful that value of its usefulness was deducted.
Combined Score: B-
The Sonicare AirFloss is an interesting new product and we love that companies are trying to modernize flossing in the same way as the electric toothbrush (i.e. Sonicare Electric toothbrush). Because such a small percentage of people brush two minutes at a time and floss daily; any device which improves on this is valuable. That being said – there is only a certain population (mentioned above) that will truly find value in the Sonicare AirFloss, particularly given its $80.00 price point. Bottom line, the Sonicare AirFloss is a updated remake of the 1980’s Waterpik and we while we will recommend it to a select few of our patients we would rather see our patients purchase a high quality electric toothbrush.
Today’s post was written personally by Drs. David and Janna Civils. Do you have a question for either Dr. David or Dr. Janna? We would love to hear from you!
Drs. David and Janna Civils
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