Philips, a leading provider of innovative medical devices, has recently introduced its Philips Sonicare AirFloss. The new innovation was revealed at the IDS (International Dental Supply) tradeshow 2011, which took place earlier this month.
While the event took place in Cologne, Germany, dentists had a chance to try the new PhilipsSonicare AirFlossby themselves. As dentists usually find it difficult to get their patients to floss regularly, Sonicare AirFloss offers dentists a new option. Thanks to its microburst technology, the innovative solution makes flossing easier while maximizing the removal of interdental plaque.
In a recent study published in the J Dent Res (Effect of Philips Sonicare AirFloss on interproximal plaque and gingivitis. 90, Spec iss A, 2011) M de Jager, et al, assessed 148 adults with moderate gingivitis using the Sonicare AirFloss in a single-blind, four-week, parallel, randomized controlled clinical trial. They report that when the Sonicare AirFloss was used in combination with a manual toothbrush there was a significantly greater reduction in gingivitis and bleeding than when when a manual toothbrush was used alone. Gingivitis was reduced by 33%, gingival bleeding by 75%, and the number of bleeding sites reduced by 86%. The use of the Sonicare Airfloss significantly reduced plaque in comparison to manual toothbrushing.
Philips other evaluations showed that 86% of patients reported Sonicare AirFloss being much easier to use than floss. It was also found that the innovative solution eliminates nearly 99% more plaque between teeth than conventional toothbrushes alone.
Dr. Ian Peace, from the University of Sheffield, said “What’s unique about AirFloss is that it’s a completely new category for oral care. It works by using a rapid burst of air and water droplets to thoroughly fill up the interproximal area and force biofilm out. I’ve also found that Sonicare AirFloss has a noticeably positive effect on patient compliance.” Dr. Peace continued “Patients often find flossing to be time-consuming and painful, but the AirFloss is both quick and painless and makes a real difference to the standard of patient’s overall oral health.”
Philips Sonicare AirFloss has various features including its ergonomic handle and a slim angled nozzle, which was designed for easier access to all areas of the mouth, event to the back teeth. Using Sonicare AirFloss does not need much time, a minute is enough for complete cleaning of the mouth, and only one teaspoon of water is enough for two full cleaning procedures.
Erik Hollander, Sr, marketing director at Philips consumer lifestyle, said “We understand the struggle that many dental practitioners experience in getting patients to regularly clean between their teeth,” adding “Sonicare AirFloss was developed to improve oral health with an easy-to-use device that you and your patients will love to use daily.”