Efficacy of Philips Sonicare AirFloss Compared to Manual Brushing and Flossing An In Vitro Study - Exam 56 - Spring Summer 2014
The purpose of this study was to investigate the difference in reduction of an interproximal surface coating with the use of Sonicare Airfloss, tooth brushing or dental flossing since there are currently no articles available comparing dental flossing to Sonicareï¾® Airfloss. Three groups of six typodont teeth were sprayed with Occludeï¾® Indicator Spray as a test surface coating. Each group was treated with one removal method: Sonicareï¾® Airfloss, tooth brushing or dental flossing. In all groups, when used as a single removal method, Sonicareï¾® Airfloss resulted in the least removal of the surface coating when compared to either tooth brushing or flossing

 1) It has been demonstrated that is key to the prevention of gingivitis:
  1. Adequate fluoride intake
  2. A low sugar diet
  3. Plaque removal
  4. Regular dental check-ups
 2) The Sonicare AirFloss by Phillips Healthcare uses a high-velocity burst of air and water droplets to clean between the teeth:
  1. True
  2. False
 3) One limitation of the study was:
  1. This study was an in vivo study
  2. This study used extracted teeth, rather than vital teeth
  3. Biological forces of plaque attachment were not an aspect tested
  4. All of the above
 4) The authors' null hypothesis was:
  1. Manual flossing method would not be superior in terms of its ability to remove simulated plaque from the model teeth
  2. There is no relation between intraoral cleansing devices and plaque removal
  3. Manual flossing method would be superior in terms of its ability to remove simulated plaque from the model teeth
  4. None of the above
 5) When pairs of teeth were evaluated, the Airfloss compared to manual flossing was more effective in removing Occludeï¾® Indicator Spray on what group of teeth:
  1. Anterior teeth
  2. Premolar teeth
  3. Molar teeth
  4. All the above
  5. None of the above