Category: Things with a plug

Philips Sonicare AirFloss

Aaron and I went to the dentist a couple months ago. I hadn’t been in about….hmmmm…. I can’t even remember, it’s been that long. Probably 10 years. I’ve never been to the dentist here in Australia. I was sure I had at least 20 cavities.

I didn’t. Luckily. The dirtiest part of my mouth was in between my teeth. I don’t floss as often as I should. Maybe once a month. Yeah, I’m terrible. It’s hard to find the time when you have 2 little kids. And when I do have the time (after they go to bed at night), I’m dead tired and the last thing I feel like doing is flossing my teeth.

The dentist told me to floss every day. I did. For about a week. Then it went to every other day. Then sometimes every 3 days….

She told Aaron the same thing. He wasn’t as lucky as me. He needs to have his wisdom teeth taken out, and he has some cavities too.

He also won’t floss his teeth. Even after going to the dentist and being told to. Sigh.

Maybe there is another way? Quick, easy, without having to perform finger acrobatics to get to your back teeth?

The thought of an easier way hadn’t actually crossed my mind. I had no idea there was another way until I was asked to try out the new Philips Sonicare AirFloss

Before receiving it, I could not even remotely picture it or how it would work or what it would look like. I could have googled it, but I don’t like to have any preconceived ideas of what a product should or shouldn’t do. I like to try it out, see what I think, then read up on it.

We were pleasantly surprised when we opened the package and found two AirFlosses (although looking back at the email from the PR company, it did say 2. Maybe I need my eyes checked as well as my teeth!).

I got another surprise when Aaron opened his, read through the manual, put it on to charge up, and was the first to actually use it. Yeah, Aaron. The one who hates flossing.

“Is it easy to use?” I asked him.

“Yeah, really easy.”

The next night I was washing dishes when I heard it being used again. Followed by lots of giggling. I felt a bit of water hit my leg. Followed by giggling. As I turned around, there stood Hannah, AirFloss in hand, smile on her face, giggles falling out of her mouth. Seems it also makes a great amusing toy for toddlers (when their dads give it to them…).

I delayed trying it out because I couldn’t be bothered reading the manual. I hate reading manuals. Turns out I didn’t have to. It’s super easy to use. Just fill it with water or mouthwash, position on your gum line in between your teeth, push the button, move to next tooth.

Facts and how to use the AirFloss

It was really quick. It only required one hand. I can hold a clingy baby, and still floss my teeth! You can feel the rush of air and water droplets going between your teeth. It’s kind of exhilarating. I no longer dread flossing my teeth. Now it’s quick, easy, and fun.

How does a one handed person floss their teeth? Seriously? I never thought about it until using the AirFloss with one hand. But there are a lot of people out there with only one hand (You don’t have to look far to find someone with one hand, just watch The Amazing Race Australia). How do they floss?

The real question is: does it really work? Info on their website tells me that using the AirFloss removes up to 99% more plaque than manual brushing alone. But I couldn’t find any info on how the AirFloss compares to normal flossing, so I emailed a representative and conducted my own test.

The representative got back to me saying “We don’t have any statistics on regular flossing vs air flossing, however, we have found that 86 per cent of users find the Sonicare AirFloss easier to use than string floss.”

As for my own test: after brushing my teeth, I used the AirFloss. Immediately after using the AirFloss, I  flossed manually, with some string dental floss, to see if any bits of stuff still lurked between my teeth.

There was still a little bit of stuff between some of my teeth, but not nearly as much as usual. I have a permanent retainer cemented to the inside of my bottom teeth to prevent them from moving back into their default horribly-sideways-and-crooked position (it was put there after I had braces as a teen). With normal dental floss, I have to put the floss across 4 of my bottom teeth, pull it under the wire with my tongue, then pull one side of the floss out so that it’s under the wire, one end of the floss at the front of my teeth, the other end at the back. It’s a pain in the butt. Surprisingly, there was nothing stuck under the wire after using the AirFloss.

I don’t think the AirFloss does quite as well as regular flossing, but it’s certainly much, much better than not flossing at all. My plan is to use the AirFloss daily, and then floss normally once a week. Ah, who am I kidding, it will probably be more like once a month.

PROS:

-Easy to use

-Rechargeable battery

-Quick (great for busy moms!)

-Only requires one hand (so I can hold an unruly baby and still floss my teeth!)

-Fun

-Doesn’t hurt at all

-Doesn’t make your gums bleed

-Removes 99% more plaque than manual brushing alone

-Comes with 2 year warranty

-Can get replacement heads, or multiple heads so more than one person can use the same unit

-Entertains toddlers (which is great at teeth brushing time!)

CONS:

-Makes a loud-ish noise when you press the button to send air and water particles flying between your teeth. You get used to it, it’s just a bit startling the first couple of times.

-Large initial outlay at $169.95 (but if it saves you from cavities, then really, you’re saving a whole lot of money!)

-Doesn’t work quite as well as string dental floss

The AirFloss is available at The Shaver Shop throughout Australia. You can also call 1-300-363-391, option 5, for additional stockists.

To buy the AirFloss online in Australia, click here.

To buy the AirFloss in the U.S/Canada, click here

Dirt Devil Upright Vacuum Cleaner

When we lived with Grandma, she had this atrocious vacuum that had a canister, a long hose, and then a head on the end of the hose. Not a power head, just a head that sucked. It didn’t work very well, was very hard to push, and I had to push and pull with all my might just to give the carpet a half decent clean.

I wanted a new vacuum. Aaron wasn’t so sure, so I set about trying to find a decently priced vacuum with a power head (you know, the kind that has brushes that spin around at a very fast pace to get all the crap out of your carpet). After much searching, I found the Dirt Devil 1800w upright vacuum at Bunnings.

It looked pretty good, so I bought it.

It cleans the carpets quite well. It’s fairly easy to push (though not nearly as easy as the self propelled vacuums, but we don’t seem to have those over here). But  oh my gosh, is it annoying!

First there’s the handle. Maybe our particular vacuum is missing a part or something (though not that I can see), because the darn handle is not actually attached to the vacuum. It’s just shoved in the top of the vacuum. That’s fine for the actual vacuuming process, but when I need to say, move it over the bottom rail of the baby gate, things get a little ugly. The first time I picked it up by the handle,  the entire vacuum part fell off and hit me in the toe. Sigh. I should have learned my lesson then, but I forget and it happens all the time. Well, sometimes.

To get the body of the vacuum to go past 90 degrees to the head (i.e. so you can actually use the vacuum), you just have to push on the head with your foot while pulling the body of the vacuum down. Sometimes it works straight away. Other times, I have to stand on the head of the vacuum cleaner, facing the body, and push it with everything I’ve got. Over and over again, until it finally comes free.

Then there’s the noise. Oh my gosh, the NOISE! I have to vacuum while Grandma is over to watch the kids so that they can all hide in a bedroom while I vacuum the rest of the house. It’s so loud my ears buzz for ages when I’m finished. I’m kind of scared I’m going to go deaf because of the stupid vacuum cleaner. I’m sure the entire neighbourhood knows when I’m doing the vacuuming.

PROS:

-Cleans carpets well

-Comes with pet hair tool, which works quite well when used properly

-HEPA filtration

-Comes with crevice tool

CONS:

-Handle comes off and vacuum falls on your feet

-VERY loud when in use

-Head does not easily go from storing position to vacuuming position

Or you could just buy a different vacuum…