Philips Sonicare AirFloss – power washing for your gub

Philips Sonicare Airfloss

Apparently power washing porn is a thing. The satisfying sight of something very grubby getting the once over can make people come over all funny and in need of a sit down.

Which brings me to my new toy.

(and I know you’re all quivering a bit here. To quote page 205 of Himself’s new book, “You never quite know what Joanne has been up to”).

So, I’ve got a new toy. It’s a power washer for your gub.*

(*gub is Irish for gob which is English for mouth)

Not that my gub is murky enough to make it to the Buzzfeed list of power washing porn, but y’know, it’s probably better looked after than not.

The Philips Sonicare AirFloss is an automatic flossing gadget. It’s misnamed, since it doesn’t floss with air, but instead forces water at high speed through the gaps in your teeth. So it’s flossing without the floss. It’s quite elegant looking isn’t it?

Philips Sonicare Airfloss


Like a lot of people, I can see the benefits in flossing your teeth. Just not enough to do it more than once in a blue moon, and the week before my next dentist’s appointment.

But now I’m a born again flossing bore. Since I got my new toy, I’ve been flossing twice a day. It’s just so much easier to use than farting about with bits of string. If, like me, you are a lazy bugger with aspirations to better personal care then this gadget is right up your street.

The down side is that there’s a bit of a knack to using it, and until you master it you WILL be spraying your face with high speed bits of water and tooth gubbins.

Mouth closed, lips wrapped round like a lollipop, is the way to go. Point the little nozzle sticking out at the top between your teeth, press a button and it’s an interdental waterslide party for one.

The AirFloss can also be used with mouthwash instead of water but I haven’t tried that yet. That’s some heavy duty action, I’ll have to work up to it.

Even just with water, it leaves your mouth feeling very, very clean. It cleans between the teeth where brushes can’t reach and claims to remove up to 5 times more plaque than brushing alone.

I couldn’t find many online reviews for this gadget when I was buying it, so I thought it was worth writing about. I did notice that many of the Amazon reviews talk about the battery refusing to charge after a few months, so I’m going to keep my receipt in case of any problems.

It’s rechargeable via a two pin plug, which feels a bit old fashioned because so many gadgets now come with a USB connection. And the reservoir only holds enough water for one, maximum two sessions. If you are a shark then this may prove problematic.


Product details

The Philips Sonicare AirFloss retails for around £80 but if you pay that you’re not trying hard enough because it’s often on offer. I bought mine in Boots for £65. It’s currently down to £60 at Argos or £50 at Amazon.

What do you think of this device? Would you use a gadget to floss your teeth? Leave a comment, I’d love to know what you think