Air Flossers are String Floss on Steroids – Let Us Show You Why

Philips Sonicare HX8332/11 Airfloss UltraString floss is the most common and widely-available flossing aid, but that doesn’t mean it’s the best at what it does. Many people find string floss difficult or frustrating to use, and many dentists agree that it isn’t totally effective (but that it’s still better than nothing).

The Philips Sonicare AirFloss Ultra costs about $90, putting it in line with many water flossers, both counter-top and handheld. A limited selection of air flossers exist, but the ones that do should be enough. Personal preference is a factor in any decision, but when it comes to health you should be looking at the real results.

Those who seek a solution to the string floss struggle might look towards water flossing- there are countless types and models of water flossers that use a small stream of pressurized water to clean between teeth, and these are much more effective at cleaning and prevention of oral issues. You might think that the world of flossing ends right there, but air flossing is another contender that might just be better than water flossing. Call it a battle of the elements, air versus water, but it really comes down to function and results, as well as personal preference.

Air flossers are handheld, compact units. They’re lightweight, portable, and don’t require the real estate of a counter-top water flosser unit that is always plugged in. You’ll have to specifically search for a handheld water flosser, and you’ll be paying more compared to the counter-top units.

Air flossers require much less liquid (water or mouthwash) to operate- think about it like an air fryer using just a spritz and a deep fryer using a gallon. This form factor is easier to use for children, and older adults, who might have issues holding or controlling a heavier or bulkier unit. The ease of use continues across the board- 80% of users found air flossers easier to use than water flossers, and nearly 90% thought they were easier than traditional string floss.

Clinical studies found air flossing just as effective as string floss at improving gum health, with 97% of users seeing results. Air flossing also removes up to 99.9% of plaque- more effective than water flossing, which is already much more effective than string.

Instead of a stream of pressurized water, air flossers use pressurized air and liquid in the form of micro-droplets. This makes for a better delivery system of oral medications that could be administered this way. The entire reservoir of the unit can be filled with whatever is needed, while with a counter-top water flosser there will have to be a special compartment.

Water flossers might get specialized tips for different situations, but air flossers are truly adaptable on their own. Air and micro-droplets of water can be used for any task that a water flosser can, and more than string floss can, without any special tips and additional costs. Interchangeable tips do exist for sanitary precaution. They’re rechargeable with a battery life of nearly two weeks and no bulky unit will be sitting pretty on your counter-top.

Information and selection, when it comes to air flossing, is limited, but what does exist is promising. Air flossers take up much less space than water flossers, they’re much more effective than string floss, and just as portable.

Users needing administration of oral medication might find this route easier than looking for a water flosser than can be used that way. Anyone looking to improve their oral health in an easy way will find air flossing the right way to go. If string flossing gives you the results you want, then that works for you. If water flossing gives you no trouble and helps your oral health, then you can continue down that route. If you do either, or neither, of those things and want to improve your routine and oral health even further, look into air flossing.