By Andrew Liszewski
In addition to the Sonicare DiamondClean toothbrush they announced a while ago, Philips also revealed a new alternative to the traditional waterpik flossing (or interdental) system called the AirFloss. Deep down we all know we should be flossing our teeth every day to clean places our brushes can’t reach, but dental floss isn’t always the easiest tool for the job. And everyone knows that ease of use makes a big difference.
So the AirFloss is roughly the size of your standard electric toothbrush, a much improved design over the waterpik which usually requires a fairly hefty reservoir of water sitting on your bathroom counter. And instead of requiring gallons of water to clean your mouth, the AirFloss uses just a single teaspoon of water for two one-minute cleaning sessions. Meaning the unit, including its reservoir, can be completely self contained. By blasting the spaces between your teeth with a mix of air and water droplets traveling at speeds of up to 45mph, the AirFloss is not only easier to use than string floss, but apparently far more effective. At ~$90 it’s unfortunately quite a bit more expensive than a spool of floss, but what good is going the cheaper route if you never actually end up using it?