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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

Nissan Tiida

When my husband crashed the car (which you can read about here), our insurance company rented a car for us for two weeks. The car took 4 weeks to fix. Sigh.

I didn’t particularly want to pay extra to hire car seats for the kids as well, so we pulled ours out of the WRX before it took a ride on the back of a tow truck to the smash repairers.

I ran from our house to the local preferred by our insurer car rental place (as you do. Had to get there somehow right? Might as well make a work out of it). In hind sight, that was a bad idea. I was all sweaty and smelly by the time I got there.

They set me up with my new car for 2 weeks: A gold coloured Nissan Tiida hatchback, with a license plate that said “BJ 59 ME, which made me giggle a little.

Nissan Tiida – photo courtesy of www.nissan.com.au

I was quite impressed with how roomy the interior was. Despite it being a small car, there is plenty of leg room. Even with the passenger seat all the way back (because being only 5 foot 2, I certainly didn’t need the drivers seat all the way back!), there was still plenty of leg room in the back seat. Not that Daniel needed leg room.

The first problem came when Aaron tried to put the car seats in the car. The anchor points were at the very back of the boot. Hannah’s car seat was fine. It came with an extra long strap.


Daniel’s, on the other hand, was way too short to reach all the way to the back of the boot. I had to ride the bus to get an extension strap. Sigh.

Once the car seats were in place, the straps took up a lot of room in the boot. I could fit my pram in there (only just, and only with very careful, puzzle-like configuration), but nothing else.

The seats are upholstered with some slightly fuzzy, soft fabric. Yeah, it feels a bit nice to sit on, but then you have to get out of the car.

Because the seats are quite soft and a little bit fuzzy, when you scoot your butt across the seat to get out, you get all static-y.

Every single time I shut the car door after getting out, I’d get an electric shock. Ugh.

And I knew it was coming. That made it so much worse! I’d get out of the car and then stare at the door for a little bit. Do I want a shock on my hand? My arm maybe? My knee? Sigh.

I started shutting the door with my foot. But then I’d grab the garage door to close it and I’d get a shock from that instead.

That was enough for me to hate that darn car. I dreaded driving it every single day. I wanted to kick it every time it shocked me. Oh how I’d love to kick it!  Maybe the rental place should put one of these on it:Anti Static Electricity Strap Earth Belt Ground Wire (YI-153)

PROS:

-Spacious inside

-7.8 litres per 100km fuel consumption

-Easy to drive

-4 star ANCAP safety rating

-Car beeps at you if you turn the car off and leave head lights on

CONS:

-Electric shock every time you get out of the car

-Straps from kids car seats take up a lot of the boot space

-Not a lot of boot space