Philips introduces Sonicare AirFloss


September 2, 2011

Philips has introduced a new handheld dental care product that  dislodges interdental plaque and bacteria with rapid bursts of air and water.

Philips has introduced a new handheld dental care product that dislodges interdental plaque and bacteria with rapid bursts of air and water.

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Dental professionals inform us that cleaning between the teeth is essential to good tooth and gum health but regular flossing can be at best time consuming and at worst painful. Philips has introduced a new member to its Sonicare range of dental care products at IFA 2011 that dislodges interdental plaque and bacteria with rapid bursts of air and water. The cordless Sonicare AirFloss is about the same size as a standard electric toothbrush and features an angled nozzle with guidance tip for precision placement.

Philips says that its new Sonicare AirFloss can remove up to 99 per cent more dental plaque from between teeth than brushing alone. The lithium-ion battery-powered device works by sending quick blasts of pressurized air and water droplets through an angled nozzle towards the teeth at anything up to 45 mph, forcing plaque and bacteria out from their respective hiding places. Benefiting from one button operation, it's said that the whole mouth can be spring cleaned in less than a minute.

The power button also includes a charge level indicator light, which blink when the battery needs some juice. The cordless handle is compatible with other Sonicare charging cradles, like the Sonicare FlexCare+, and a full charge is said to last about two weeks of once-a-day use. The built-in reservoir holds two teaspoons of water, and conservationists will no doubt be pleased to hear that the system uses less than one teaspoon of water for two full cleaning sessions.

The Sonicare AirFloss is available now for a recommended retail of US$89.99.

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Another variation of the WaterPik...

Leon Radford

Wow, this is something I\'d buy right away. But when and where is it going to be available in Europe?

Renārs Grebežs

And anybody who\'s ever used a WaterPik knows what a MESS they create!


I use a WaterPik. It\'s not a mess if you handle it with intelligence. That said, it uses about 10 oz (60 teaspoons) of water per cleaning, so I\'m very skeptical of the SonicCare claim of getting the same results with 1 teaspoon (equivalent to .17oz).


I went to their website and can\'t find a single word regarding the product.


There U go ... here\'s the address

Ciprian Danila

There is hope after all that I won\'t need dentures by 30.


I have been looking for something easier than flossing for a long time. I don\'t like sticking hands in my mouth to floss, even floss threaders are a pain in the you-know-what, and the water pik is a huge mess. As soon as I read this article I went to Amazon and read the reviews. Although some of the reviews state that the airfloss does not work as well as regular flossing, it will work for me because I often skip regular flossing since I abhor doing it. I ordered it from Amazon today.


Never used a Waterpik, but I think those only provide pulses of water. This AirFloss seems to be closer to the Braun/Oral-B Oxyjet system, which mixes air and water in the stream. I\'ve been using an Oxyjet for years and really like the squeaky clean feeling of my teeth after using it each day, followed by the Oral-B electric toothbrush in the same base station.


Good flossing gets below the gum line also, not just between the teeth. Any dentists want to back me up on that? And if you read it carefully you\'ll see it actually says this is 99% better then not flossing. Of coarse flossing will be better and you can do it while you watch tv.


The other day I was pondering if anything could be done about the pain of flossing I simply cannot stand. (Flossing - what a pain!) It looks this may be partially an answer. Well, it is not a robo-device to guide the string automatically around your mouth cavity - but as close and practical you get today. action today no teeth tomorrow


@sonic - If I floss away from a sink, I feel like I\'m putting one tooth\'s gunk back into the other. I always wash off the floss before moving forward.


To Nehopsa;

Yes, I didn\'t see anything which says that it replaces flossing on their website.... however it\'s probably the best toothbrush on the market today....


Marilyn Harris

We always enjoy soaking each other with our WaterPik :-)) so this looks like a spoilsport for starters!

But to keep filling the tank is a problem so maybe better to use the air-water system. I\'m thinking to add it to my Wish-List, anyone out there in generous mode? :-))

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