Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Sonicare AirFloss Evaluation Starting Today

 

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Somewhere in the central US, there is a package on a FedEx truck that is carrying something that fascinates me to the extreme.  This small package, which is heading for the FedEx distribution center in KC, contains a prototype of the new Sonicare AirFloss device.  Sometime today it will be in my hot little hands and will be pushed to its limits as I try to see just what it can do.
I have several questions running through my mind... Is it effective?  Is it easy to use?  Is it easy to place?  Will patients actually use it?  These and other questions will hopefully be answered as I tinker with the device as part of my own home care in the coming weeks.
If it works as Sonicare indicates, this may well change the concept of interdental cleaning.  My job is to be a sceptic first, but I also know that change can work wonders when the only argument for using a technology is that "but we've always done it this way".  So... I'm anxious to get my hands on it and see what it can do.
Here is what Sonicare had to say about it in some literature I received:

Sonicare AirFloss replaces traditional flossing with micro bursts of water and air. Since the technological breakthrough of the first Sonicare power toothbrush, we have learned a lot about fluid forces and their ability to remove plaque biofilm. Sonicare AirFloss is a new technology chapter in the field of oral healthcare. It uses a unique spray of micro bubbles and a small dose of fluid to generate a gentle and convenient, yet highly effective, interdental cleaning action. Not only does it disrupt plaque biofilm structures in critical and hard-to-reach areas, it promotes healthy gums with the targeted release of water/air spray.

 

Sonicare AirFloss continues the Sonicare legacy of technology leadership within the oral healthcare segment. And while everything about Sonicare AirFloss seems quite different from the design and function of Sonicare toothbrushes, there is one area where AirFloss was submitted to the same rigorous criteria established for all Sonicare products: the meticulous clinical validation and verification of performance and safety requirements.The design and the concept are intriguing in themselves – but our clinical data are extremely convincing. With Sonciare AirFloss, interdental

 

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