Sonicare Electric Toothbrushes
Not all electric toothbrushes are made equal, but that doesn’t mean to say you need to splash out on the latest and most expensive models.
As you will discover, you can improve your brushing habits without breaking the bank.
In fact, for less that £35, you can buy a top performing toothbrush that will help you look after your teeth and gums for years to come.
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On this page you can find answers to many of the common questions regarding the Sonicare range of electric toothbrushes.
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Why choose a Sonicare brush?
Philips Sonicare is the only brand of electric toothbrushes that remotely challenges the dominance of the Braun Oral-B range of brushes.
Sonicare make the bold claim that their brushes remove up to seven times more plaque than a manual toothbrush.
They also claim that their small brush heads makes it far easier to access all the zones of your mouth.
While Oral-B toothbrushes are known for their rotating and oscillating brush strokes, the Sonicare models use high velocity lateral vibration movements.
Sonicare users who have just converted from manual brushing to power brushing find it helpful that they don’t have to modify their brushing technique.
In contrast, there is a bit of a learning curve when converting to Oral-B brushes. Rather than brushing as you would with a manual brush, you just move the brush from tooth to tooth and let the brush do the work.
Sonicare brushes do tend to have a slightly higher price tag when compared to Oral-B models with similar features.
However this doesn’t stop millions of Sonicare devotees from staying loyal to the brand.
It’s evident that Sonicare users continue to buy Sonicare models when they re-purchase; a clean sign of a happy customer.
Most Popular Sonicare Brushes
Sonicare’s Easyclean models are their cheapest models, the CleanCare and HealthyWhite option are the mid-price range brushes while the Flexcare and DiamondClean models are Sonicare’s premium models.
Whereas Oral-B have popular models throughout their price range, Sonicare buyers typically go for the high end models.
The Flexcare range is very popular but the stand-out model is the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean.
The big price tag of the DiamondClean tag seems to be no obstacle at all to buyers. It’s Sonicares best selling electric toothbrush by far.
I’m pretty sure the clever name and some smart marketing has helped popularise the DiamondClean, but it’s certainly an excellent brush with some very innovative features.
It’s often the case that when a particular model becomes a best seller it starts to appear with some colour options.
The DiamondClean is available in five colours; white, black, pink, rose gold and amethyst. Prices do vary depending on the colour.
How Sonic Technology Works
By definition, a sonic toothbrush vibrates at a speed that lies within the frequency range that humans hear.
This definition means both Sonicare and Oral-B electric toothbrushes are classified as sonic brushes; although Sonicare use the term sonic far more in their marketing.
A sonic brush cleans teeth using a combination of two methods.
The first method is no different from that of manual brushing – giving your teeth a good scrub.
However, Sonicare bristles delivery 31,000 scrubbing strokes per minute compared to the 300 strokes per minute delivered by manual brushing.
The second method fluid dynamics. This is the process where the brush head bristles vibrate so fast that the fluids surrounding each tooth are driven with sufficient speed to clear away dental plaque from areas of the teeth and gum line.
This second method is sometimes called non-contact brushing as plaque can be removed from areas not even touched by the bristles.
How to Clean Your Sonicare Brush
Thoroughly clean the brush handle once a month. All you need is a solution of ten parts water and one part bleach and a clean cloth.
Allow the handle to air-dry after cleaning.
Once a week, remove the brush head from the handle and rinse the brush head connection with warm water and allow to air-dry.
Never clean the brush heads or the handles in the dishwasher.
The white model DiamondClean has a shiny area near the base of the handle and this tends to show water spots or toothpaste residue more readily than other models. You may need to give it a quick wipe the a damp cloth every few days.
Regular cleaning your electric toothbrush and brush heads will help prolong the life of the toothbrush.
If you don’t neglect your brush you can get years more use of it and can save yourself a lot of money by not having to renew your brush as often.
How to charge your Sonicare toothbrush
All Sonicare Electric toothbrushes come with a standard charging stand but various Sonicare models offer some very clever additional alternatives.
Before using your brush for the first time you need to charge it for around 24 hours, it’s perfectly safe to leave it charging overnight.
Recharging the handset after it has been used will generally take a few hours less than when first charged, but it’s still going to take a least 12 hours to fully charge.
You get around three weeks brushing time from Sonicare brushes, that’s roughly 50% longer than Oral-B brushes.
The DiamondClean provides two alternatives charging methods, notice the glass and the travel case above?
The brush is not sitting in the glass as a resting place, both the glass and case can be used to charge your brush!
Typically users leave their brush charging in the charging stand when it’s not in use, that’s not a problem.
Note that all electric toothbrushes come with a 2 pin charger. That means you need to have a 2-pin to 3-pin adaptor to hand.
It’s against regulations for manufacturers to supply a 3-pin adaptor with any small appliance used in the bathroom. You can purchase a 3-pin adaptor separately for around £1.
Are there Sonicare Models for Children?
The Sonicare for Kids HX6311/07 Toothbrush is specifically designed to help children build good brushing habits from an early age – and makes it fun at the same time.
The brush head features soft bristles that are gentle on teeth and developing gums as well as a rubber over mould that protects sensitive teeth.
The handle is designed to be non-slip and the on/off button is handily placed and easy to control.
The brush has two power settings, low mode for ages four+ and high mode for seven+.
The KidTimer and the KidPacer are not just gimmicks that make brushing a fun activity. They teach children two of the most important elements of correct brushing – brushing for two minutes and brushing all four zones of the mouth equally.
The KidTimer gradually increases the brushing time over a period of 90 days, this helps to children to get used to brushing for the recommended two minutes.
The KidPacer encourages children to brush the front and back of both upper and lower teeth.
Included with the Sonicare for Kids HX6311/07 are eight handle stickers so you can help your child customise their toothbrush.
You don’t need multiple brushes if you have more than one child, just have a brush head for each child, it only take a few seconds to swap them around.