Efficacy of Philips Sonicare AirFloss compared to manual brushing and flossing: an in vitro study

J Tenn Dent Assoc. 2014 Spring-Summer;94(1):34-6; quiz 36-7.


The purpose of this study was to investigate the difference in reduction of an interproximal surface coating with the use of Sonicare Airfloss, tooth brushing or dental flossing since there are currently no articles available comparing dental flossing to Sonicare Airfloss. Three groups of six typodont teeth were sprayed with Occlude Indicator Spray as a test surface coating. Each group was treated with one removal method: Sonicare Airfloss, tooth brushing or dental flossing. In all groups, when used as a single removal method, Sonicare Airfloss resulted in the least removal of the surface coating when compared to either tooth brushing or flossing.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Coloring Agents
  • Dental Devices, Home Care*
  • Dental Plaque / therapy
  • Equipment Design
  • Humans
  • Models, Dental
  • Surface Properties
  • Tooth, Artificial
  • Toothbrushing / instrumentation*


  • Coloring Agents