Is it an alternative to normal flossing?
The Oral B Hummingbird is a small, battery-powered flosser. It's about 4" long, and fits easily into the palm of your hand. It can be useful in SOME situations.
Oral B claims that it helps you to get floss into those awkward areas, and then does the flossing for you while you hold it in position!
It means you can floss with one hand, which could be useful for people with mobility problems in their hands or wrists, such as arthritis.
The Hummingbird has an angled handle, with additional options of floss and dental pick. In the basic set-up you get the hummingbird handle, a battery, 3 floss attachments which are disposable, and 5 dental picks. The battery life is very good.
How To Use The Hummingbird
The vibration helps to slip the floss between the teeth. If you have tight teeth, the secret is not to push too hard. Don't be in a rush. Just position the floss where it needs to go, and let the vibration of the Hummingbird do it's job - it will slowly "wiggle" the floss down between those teeth.
Getting it back out is the same. Take your time. Just use a gentle pressure away from the gum, allow the hummingbird time to work, and those vibrations will gently work the floss back out from between the teeth.
The Hummingbird vibrates gently, (no aggressive buzzing here!), and gets rid of that bacteria-laden plaque efficiently. According to Oral B, those people who try it say that it would encourage them to floss more frequently - definitely a good thing!
Independent research has proven that the Hummingbird is just as effective at removing plaque and reducing gum inflammation as normal flossing.
While the Oral B Hummingbird is very small and fits neatly into a lady's purse, some men may find it TOO small to grip comfortably. Another issue is getting hold of refills.
Overall, I think the is very useful for people with a hand or wrist problem. It may also help people who just can't manage regular floss. Here is a link for purchasing details: Oral-B Hummingbird
But if you can manage normal floss, then it may better to go that route, as you have many more choices of floss and tape types.