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By: Errin Quarrie & Leah Berger

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(Philips, n.d.)
Goal

To educate dental hygiene students on the positive and negative effects of using an AirFloss device.



Objectives

1. Be able to verbalize what a AirFloss is, and its purpose

2. Distinguish the positive and negative effects of the AirFloss

3. The ability to describe the correct technique

4. Verbalize contraindications for use

5. Effectiveness with AirFloss vs. conventional flossing methods















Objective 1: Understanding the AirFloss Device



What is it?

  • The AirFloss is a slim device designed as an alternative way of flossing.

The Purpose?

  • The AirFloss is to disrupt interproximal plaque biofilm. To do this, the AirFlosser forces a combination of air and water to desired area.



                                    • (Philips, 2012)


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( Koninklijke Philips Electronics, 2012)





Objective 2: The Postive & Negative Effects



The Sonicare AirFloss is designed to blast a stream of water in the interproximal areas of the oral cavity.


POSITIVE

  • Microburst technology

  • One charge last 2 weeks

  • Tip helps guide device

  • Fits all sonicare chargers

  • Purchase comes with charger, AirFloss nozzle, and instructions

  • Reduces plaque biofilm

  • Can reduce bleeding upon probing Reduces gingivitis



(drugstore.com, 2012)

(Philips Sonicare Airfloss, 2012)
(Philips Sonicare Airfloss, 2012)






(Philips Sonicare Airfloss, 2012)
(Philips Sonicare Airfloss, 2012)



(Philips Sonicare Airfloss, 2012)
(Philips Sonicare Airfloss, 2012)




(Philips Sonicare Airfloss, 2012)
(Philips Sonicare Airfloss, 2012)




(Philips Sonicare Airfloss, 2012)
(Philips Sonicare Airfloss, 2012)

NEGATIVE

  • Cost ($100 +)

  • Not everyone can use it



(drugstore.com, 2012)


Objective 3: How to use the AirFloss




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(directchemist.com, 2012)




Objective 4: Contraindications


CONTRAINDICATIONS

(Philips Sonicare AirFloss, 2012)
(Philips Sonicare AirFloss, 2012)

  • Children

  • Gingival recession

  • Abrasion

  • Clients at risk/potential bacteremia


( Fried, 2012)








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Objective 5: AirFloss vs. Floss


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AirFloss

Regular Floss



  • Safe and easy to use

  • Effective with proper technique

  • Combination of air and water

  • Manual manipulation

  • Flexible tip

  • Variety of different types (Client specific)

  • Manual dexterity

  • Not everyone can use traditional floss

  • Removes interproximal plaque biofilm

  • Removes/disrupts plaque biofilm

  • Gingivitis reduction

  • Gingivitis reduction

  • Reduces bleeding points

  • Reduces bleeding points

  • Costly

  • Affordable

(Strate, 2011)

Client Specific Care


The dental hygienist must be aware that traditional floss does not necessarily benefit everyone. AirFloss might be the solution for your client to reach optimal oral health.






(Redmond Molly, 2011)
(Redmond Molly, 2011)

(Philips, 2012)
(Philips, 2012)



















Sonicare Video















Activity: Word Search

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WORD LIST
  • Air
  • Biofilm
  • Floss
  • Impaction
  • Plaque
  • Spray
  • Teeth
  • Waxed
  • hygiene
  • Oral
  • AirFloss
  • Cordless
  • Food
  • Interproximal
  • Resevoir
  • Stream
  • Tip
  • Angle
  • Dental
  • Rinse
  • Subgingival
  • Toothbrush






Reference

drugstore.com. (2012). Sonicare airfloss rechargeable air flosser. Retrieved June 18, 2012, from
http://www.drugstore.com/sonicare-airfloss-rechargeable-air-flosser-hx8111/qxp363479

Fried, J.L. (2012). Water flosser and dental floss. Retrieved July 3, 2012, from
American Dental Hygienists Association. http://www.adha.org/downloads/Acc0212Standards.pdf

Koninklijke Philips Electonics.(2012). Airfloss rechargeable airfloss. Retrieved July 3, 2012, from PHILIPS sense and simplicity.
http://www.philips.ca/c/airfloss/airfloss-hx8111_02/prd/en/

Strate, J. (2011). The science behind sonicare airfloss. Retrieved July 3, 2012, from Philips Oral Healthcare Clinical & Scientific Affairs.http://www.philips.ch/consumerfiles/pageitems/master/categorypages/Airflosser2011/assets/downloads/11-
9514_AirFloss_Clinical_Booklet_IDS.pdf

Image Reference

Davies, J. (2011).The sonicare airfloss- is it worth the money, [Online image]. Retrieved June 18, 2012, from
http://www.shoppersbase.com/5922/the-sonicare-airfloss-%E2%80%93-worth-the-money/


Directchemist.com. (2012).Philips, [Online image]. Retrieved July 3, 2012, from http://www.directchemist.com/philips-sonicare-hx8111-airfloss_1_178461.html

Koninklijke Philips Electonics. (2012). Sonicare airfloss revolutionary design for oral care, [Online image]. Retrieved June 18, 2012, from PHILIPS sense and simplicity.
http://www.design.philips.com/philips/sites/philipsdesign/about/design/designnews/newvaluebydesign/july2011/sonicare_airfloss.page

Philips. (2012). Philips portable sonicare air floss, [Online image]. Retrieved June 18, 2012, from http://www.globalnews.ca/pages/Media.aspx?id=6442472580&mediaID=6442472565

Phillips Oral Healthcare. (2011). Philips airfloss...an easier way to floss. [Video file]. Retrieved July 3, 2012 from
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wES66_IEVbI&feature=player_embedded

Philips Sonicare AirFloss. (2012). Product description, [Online image]. Retrieved July 3, 2012, from
http://www.amazon.com/Philips-Sonicare-HX8111-02-Rechargeable/dp/B004Y9AINC

Redmond Molly.(2011). Only floss the teeth you want to keep, [Online image]. Retrieved July 3, 2012, from Redmond Molly Blog. http://www.redmondmolloy.ie/blog/bid/49111/Only-floss-the-teeth-you-want-to-keep