One of the more remarkable – and remarked-upon – gadgets I’ve featured on my Technopolis TV videos was the Philips AirFloss powered interdental cleaner I tested a couple of summers ago. Viewers may remember how it spurts a 40mph shot of water (or, better, mouthwash) between your teeth to tease out all the nasty gunk that gathers there without you having to resort to traditional floss. The company’s clinical study shows that it removes up to five times more plaque between teeth than manual brushing alone, and it’s so convenient that, as I’ve found subsequently, you very rarely fail to complete your morning and evening mouth maintenance.
Recently Philips has done some subtle but important redesigning and come up with an updated AirFloss that not only has a more sturdy base, but also has a few significant new features. Filling the reservoir is easier now, and the nozzles have been both improved and colour-coded, so different family members can share the same device. Best of all, there’s now an auto-burst function: hold the button down and the AirFloss shoots once a second. This machine-gun approach means that flossing time is reduced to as little as 30 seconds.