Philips Sonicare AirFloss Ultra Review – No one likes flossing. Trying to figure out how the stringing works with the angle – ergh, no thanks. But even when you regularly brush your teeth with the amazing Philips Sonicare DiamondClean day and night thoroughly, flossing is still required.
It’s because brushing alone can’t clean into the gaps between your teeth and any food residue that gets stuck there will be bacteria food, eating your gums away.
I’m suffering from periodontitis (gum disease) unfortunately and my dentist have been hard at work cleaning my gum pockets. And of course, the question he asks is always “Do you floss regularly?”. Predictable.
If you hate traditional flossing with a dental floss like I am, you’ll definitely love Philips Sonicare AirFloss Ultra.
Philips Sonicare AirFloss Ultra uses a combination of air and a bit of liquid to push & clean the gum pockets and the gaps between your teeth. You can either use water or your favourite mouthwash (I recommend the later) to further enhance the flossing experience and results.
The unit has an ergonomic design that is comfy to hold and handle, even when you try to position it to clean different four quadrants of the mouth. One nozzle is included in the packaging. It is trickier though to clean the inner quadrants, but doable.
The power button is located at the bottom of the unit – which also serves as a toggle button to switch between the burst quantities (single, double or tripe burst). The main button is located on the top, where you can press manually each time to deliver the burst, or set it for auto-burst.
I personally like it manual as I can floss with the AirFloss Ultra quicker at my own pace and it feels like I have more control over it. The main button is also responsive and not stiff, so flossing regularly doesn’t feel tiring.
The water reservoir is not that big, but I find that it delivers just enough to floss the whole mouth. I never had to do a refill and in a few ocassions, I had a bit more left than needed. It does require precision to fill the reservoir without overflowing it, but you can just wipe it out if you do anyway.
As I mentioned, you can use water or mouthwash for this. I use my Oral-B/Listerine mouthwash and my mouth definitely feels fresher after flossing. I also like how the AirFloss Ultra delivers burst of mouthwash right into my pocket gums – which should be a killer for the bacteria there.
Philips Sonicare AirFloss Ultra basically works by bursting away plague and food residue away from your teeth gaps and gum pockets. The nozzle amplifies the air power and combined with micro-droplet technology, the AirFloss Ultra offers good flossing performance.
It outputs a good amount of air pressure, though not in a painful way. I can also see some food residue being pushed out in a few flossing sessions. My gums bled the first time I used this (I do have periodontitis) but they got better on the second day and stopped bleeding on the third day.
Compared to Waterpik’s water flossing, air flossing offers a different approach and I find it less messy for sure. The flossing process also feels quicker and more on point. There are debates whether water is better than air (which I don’t want to get into here), but any flossing is still better than not flossing at all!
AirFloss Ultra will struggle trying to get a bigger chunk of food out so it may require a few bursts to get the stuck food out.
Philips Sonicare AirFloss Ultra Review – Conclusion
Philips Sonicare AirFloss Ultra removes the tediousness of traditional flossing with a dental floss and makes flossing effortless & fun. But fun is not the only factor, of course. According to Philips, the Sonicare AirFloss Ultra can remove up to 99.9% plague and is clinically proven to improve gum’s health.
If you’ve got gingivitis (gum’s inflammation) which will lead to periodontitis (gum disease), you must floss. Even if you don’t get any of these (yet), you need to floss – just ask your Dentist if you don’t believe me. Failure to do so will lose you teeth in the long run.
If you hate flossing or the idea of flossing (with the dental floss), you’ll have a much better experience with Philips Sonicare AirFloss Ultra. In fact, you’d want to floss because you can see and feel the difference. If you already do dental flossing and happy doing so, I’d say you don’t need the AirFloss Ultra.
The AirFloss Ultra is also quite compact that you can carry it with you while you travel, so there is no reason really not to “air floss” every day.
Philips Sonicare AirFloss Ultra can be purchased at many retailers around Australia for AU$189. Also available at Amazon U.S.
Disclosure: Philips Sonicare AirFloss Ultra review sample was supplied for reviewing but all opinions are mine and not paid