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Philips Sonicare electric toothbrush - reviewed and recommended

July 25, 2009 Reviewed by Marta 7 Comments
We Europeans are noted for our ugly royals and poor dentistry. So I suppose it isn't surprising that it has taken me years of trial and error and hundreds of dollars to find the right electric toothbrush. In my experience, electric toothbrushes sound and feel as if there is a jackhammer in my head. No matter how tenderly I approach my pearly whites, I seem to lacerate my gums. This earns me a stern reproach from my dentist who then sells me a brand of electric toothbrush called Rota-Dent. She does this even though I tell her I already bought one from her and it died within 18 months, hence the move to the jackhammer. I now have been through a grand total of three Rota-Dents. Can you believe it... Anyway, the vicious cycle had been broken by Philips Sonicare Flexcare (around $160).

I love my toothbrush. I fantasize about the next time I am going to clean my teeth. On the sensitive setting (there are three to choose from), I am subjected to nothing more than a gentle buzz. In fact, compared to an earlier version of electric brush, Philips has reduced vibrations by 80%. There are two brush heads, with a smaller one for poking around in those hard to reach places. My teeth are clean and my gums are purring with happiness.

There are a few features that caused me to say "oh, how cool" (you can tell that I'd reached a very sad place as far as dental hygiene was concerned) when I first opened the box. Philips Sonicare Flexcare has a special compartment that sterilizes the brushes using UV light. No more grungy bristles. I'm almost breathless. Then there is a compact charger for Sonicare on the go. The whole thing weighs almost nothing and there is a smart, gray travel/storage bag.

Did I mention that I love my toothbrush?
  • January 22, 2015

    by marcusnl

    Totally agree with what thofrappe said, using her Sonicare toothbrush on her face. It works and brings bloodflow to the surface of the skin, leaving the skin radiant and firm. It's a weird sight to see someone using a toothbrush on her face but I can guarantee that it works. The face feels warm and after a week of using the sonicare I could see a difference already. Don't believe me, just try and you'll see.

  • December 31, 2009

    by marta

    Stan, are the "more powerful vibrations of the Pulsonic" likely to be too much for sensitive gums? One reason I like the Sonicare is that it isn't like a jack hammer, but still cleans very well.

  • December 31, 2009

    by Stan

    I have been using a Sonicare for ten years, but recently switched to an Oral B Pulsonic. I actually find the much smaller lighter Pulsonic is more powerful in it's vibrations. One reason I switched to begin with was that a new head for the Sonicare is about $35. The older Elite model I have collected scum at the attachment point. I was able to get the Pulsonic for $55 and the heads are about $15 for three. There is no place for the nasty scum to build up.

    To me this represents a major advance like going from a big clunky desk phone to a light and advanced tech cell phone...

  • August 5, 2009

    by admin

    Actually if you think about it, the <a href="" rel="nofollow">Clarisonic Brush</a> came from a technology for a toothbrush. So using Sonicare on your face might make sense

  • August 4, 2009

    by thofrappe

    i love my toothbrush too...and i also use the back of it on my face when i'm sitting watching tv. since reading that this toothbrush is clinically proven to stimulate gingival collagen in patients with gum disease, i have decided the sonic vibrations must do the same for the skin. sounds strange, i know, but i'm convinced it has kept my 43 year old face firm, taut and young looking. i get compliments on my skin all of the time.

  • August 1, 2009

    by chrisbell86

    I love my Sonicare, I've been using one for a few years and my hygenist says the same thing about the difference between Sonicare users and the rest of the world. I just have one issue with the Sonicare, and that is the black mold that collects on the toothbrush. I have health concerns about this, and was suprised to learn that Sonicare blames the user, so-to-speak, instead of trying to fix the issue. Black mold in the mouth via the toothbrush isn't good. I now take the top off of the toothbrush and wipe down the device after I've used it. So far this seems to work.

  • July 26, 2009

    by Kathy

    I love my Sonicare too! I don't have the new one that zaps germs, but every time I go to the dentist for a cleaning and they don't have to do any "scraping" with that metal tool because my Sonicare has done all the work -- I'm glad!! The hygenist always tells me that she knows which patients use Sonicare and which just use a manual toothbrush. Big difference. Worth every penny.

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