New “Air Flossers” Getting So-So Reviews

Posted on Jan 08, 2014 by William J. Claiborne, DDS MS
As a Periodontal Specialist, I know the value of daily flossing. When performed correctly and on a regular basis, the benefits of flossing are enormous to one’s oral and overall health. Like many in the dental profession, I’ve heard all the excuses from those who don’t floss: “The floss hurts my fingers.” “It takes too long.” “It hurts my gums.” “I can’t reach my back teeth.” and so on.
Yet, those who floss regularly spend less than 2 minutes a day and can do an excellent job without a mirror and with no discomfort to fingers or gums. Like anything, practice makes perfect.
While I am a proponent of many of the electronic tooth brushes, the newest dental gadget is an air flosser. I’ve read reviews from some folks who feel they have finally found something that will floss their teeth without it being a burden. Yet, below is a review from one of Costco’s members that didn’t surprise me:
Cons:¬†more work than string floss., can leak, doesn’t hold enough water, can damage tongue or cheek if positioned wrong.
“This does not do as good a job as traditional floss at getting between the teeth where they are tight. It does get that little triangle space at the bottom. It doesn’t hold much water or mouthwash. You had better get it positioned correctly before you push the button because a little distraction and an accidental push can actually damage soft tissue like your tongue or cheek. (Healed in a week or so.) My husband and I were very disappointed.”
By the way, Costco has since pulled this device from its inventory. Apparently, there is still no substitute to the simple technique of flossing one’s teeth the old-fashioned way.
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