With over 22 million users worldwide Philips Sonicare toothbrushes are without doubt at the forefront of electric toothbrush technology. I remember the days when the only “sonic” thing I knew about was a hedgehog – but let’s take a looks at what it means when it comes to brushing our teeth.
Manual brushing gives us around 300 brush strokes per minute, compare that to the equivalent of 30,000 strokes per minute provided by sonic technology and it’s no surprise manufacturers claim great things about their products – you can remove a lot of plaque in a hurry at that speed!
The fast action of sonic brushes creates tiny bubbles in the saliva and toothpaste and drives the fluid through the spaces between the teeth and pushes out the plaque that is lurking in the gaps. At the same time the bacteria producing acids get diluted and any plaque hiding away just underneath the gum line gets zapped.
Charging and Battery Life
To get the most out of your Sonicare’s battery life, it is essential that you charge it for 24 hours before first use. This is the standard charging time for the vast majority of electric toothbrushes.
- Easy-start programme. Gently increases power over the first 14 uses to ease into the Sonicare experience.
- 3 Intensity settings — Low, Medium or High
- Intuitive pressure sensor, the handle gently vibrates when too much pressure is applied to reduce over brushing and helps user to adopt proper brushing technique.
- 2-minute timer automatically tracks brushing time, ensuring recommended brushing regime is followed and turns the toothbrush off when brushing is complete.
- 30 seconds interval timer indicates when you have completed each quadrant of your mouth and signals for you to move on.
- Reminder bristles gradually fade, indicating when it’s time to replace brush heads.
- Safe to use on: braces dental restorations (fillings, crowns, veneers) and periodontal pockets.
- Long battery life, 3 weeks of use on a single full charge or 42 x 2-minute brushings.
There are three cleaning modes (clean, white, gum care), as well as low, medium and high intensity settings, so you should be able to find the perfect combination that keeps your teeth and gums nice and healthy without over brushing.
Over brushing is certainly something to avoid as it no only damages the enamel but also damages the soft tissue of the gum line.
This model has a built-in pressure sensor that alerts you when you are using too much pressure during brushing. Not all electric toothbrushes have this feature but in really is one of the top reasons for using an electric brush as so many people simple brush too hard.
Philips Sonicare FlexCare has 3 brushing modes, to allow consumers to tailor their brushing experience to their own needs as well as their dental professional’s advice. The brush modes range from:
- Clean – the standard mode for a whole mouth clean
- White – removes surface stains to whiten teeth
- Gum Care – gently stimulates and massages gums
What’s in the Box
- 1 x Handle
- 1 x InterCare standard brush head
- 1 x InterCare mini brush head
- 1 x Hard travel case
- 1 x Charger
This brush has everything you need and more, it does come at a high price but it’s well worth the money if you are looking for a high performance brush.