Time was when, if you wanted an automated equivalent to flossing, you bought a Waterpik and shot a stream of water into your mouth. You can still do that -- Waterpik is still around and would be happy to sell you one of their large line of oral irrigators -- but in the modern age of technological innovation there are other ways to go. The Sonicare Airfloss Ultra, for instance, uses bursts of pressurized air followed by bursts of water droplets to coerce plaque off your teeth before it can cause your gums to recede. Whether you prefer this approach to the wetter Waterpik way is up to you, but Sonicare maker Philips is eager to persuade you that their way is better.
Here's their case: The Airfloss Ultra can reportedly get rid of five times as much plaque as a manual toothbrush, though if you've already moved up to an electric toothbrush that may seem like damning with faint praise. There are probably lots of ways to get rid of more plaque than a manual toothbrush -- dental floss, for instance. Maybe the more persuasive claim is that it takes only 30 seconds a day to do this, which is about how long it takes to wrap standard dental floss around your fingers. Score one for Sonicare. The angled nozzle will reach places in your mouth that you've probably never seen in the bathroom mirror, which is convenient.
In the end, though, it's still probably a matter of taste (or perhaps mouth feel) whether this is preferable to the Waterpik method. You might want to compare this device to an oral irrigator like the Waterpik Cordless Advanced -- assuming you can get anybody to loan you a device that you stick in a place as intimate as the inside of your mouth.
Flossing is difficult and time consuming for me but the Sonicare device makes it much easier to floss with my retainers on.
Stopped working after less than nine months. Also, my dentist couldn't tell that I had been "flossing".
If you have deep pockets around your gums or fillings upon which food gets caught, this item is for you. It will remove stuff that flossing and brushing did not get.
Worked ok for a few months then kept switching off as if the charge had gone. Tried recharging- works about twice then gave up and refused to work .