Flossing Essentials: Philips Sonicare Airfloss

By Elie - 6:30 AM

Before you start reading this post, do me a favour and ask yourself this: do my teeth feel clean today? In the year 2010, the Oral Health Division in the Ministry of Health Malaysia had found that up to 98.3% of Malaysians were in need of oral healthcare with 88.9% reported to have dental caries, 94% having gum problems and up to 7.3% of locals had already lost their natural teeth. This makes me rethink the amount of smiles I see out there because I would want to know if they are wearing dentures or not now.

Say hello to the new Philips Sonicare Airfloss.

While a lot of people actually think brushing their teeth is clean enough, little do they know that the right way is to brush, floss and rinse with mouthwash. This was something I learned during the days I wore braces back in secondary school days and I've been keeping up with it for a while now. I did fall behind the flossing however because I always thought flossing was a hassle so all I did was brush my teeth and gargle with mouthwash thinking it could fight all the food debris and bacterial plaque.

Dr. Sean Paul with Philips' Country Manager, Mr. Ali Jaleel and Consumer Marketing Manager, Ngan Leng.

According to Dr. Sean Paul, a local dentist in Malaysia with up to 15 years of experience, a lot of people quit flossing because of bleeding gums (Totally guilty of that thought a while back!) but what they don't realize is that continuous flossing can help to reduce the bleeding and also fights bacterial plaque that causes bad breath. Just as I was told in the past, Dr. Sean Paul stressed on the importance of flossing especially for people with braces or have had complex restorative treatments done as it was difficult for brushing alone to get to certain areas in the mouth.

Putting the Philips Sonicare Airfloss to work.

With the breakthrough microburst technology specially designed to make cleaning in between teeth easy, the Philips Sonicare Airfloss works by shooting a rapid burst of air and water droplets to force plaque and bacteria out. It is also directed using a nozzle guidance tip that makes flossing so much easier with just a teaspoon of water for a single cleaning session. It runs on a 24-hour fully rechargable and maintenance free battery that operates for 2 weeks or 14 full-mouth flosses.

Isabel also won a unit of Philips Sonicare Airfloss from the lucky draw at the launch and now she has no reason to NOT floss.

While the new Philips Sonicare Airfloss tips on a pricier side at RM 699 per unit, giving your teeth the ultimate care is always better than spending thousands just for dental visits to make sets of dentures or get them restored with crowns and such, right? Nozzles are also available for sale to change in between a family so everyone has their own unit of floss and a set of shiny white teeth by the end of every floss. More details are available at the Philips website. Happy flossing!

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