I’ve got a few pressing things on my wish list. One of them is the Tefal Actifry. The other is this beast I caved into at Christmas when it was on half price plus an additional 10% off in Boots.
I’ve been yearning for an electric toothbrush to replace my Oral-B for some time and resorted to using a manual one for the last 7-8 months. Up until now, I’ve had a mediocre experience with a couple of electric toothbrushes. Dentists harp on about how beneficial they are but I wasn’t noticing a difference.
Then the great enabler that is Twitter brought Philips’ Sonicare to my attention and after exchanging views with some of the folks I follow, it was concluded the Sonicare was the Godfather of electric toothbrushes…notably the FlexCare Platinum with the UV Sanitiser. The recommended retail price of something like £250 did bring a tear to my eye but good things come to those who wait and at £101 I bagged this baby.
Well I didn’t bother to read the manual (who doesn’t?). It’s a rechargeable toothbrush for crying out loud. You plug it in, you charge it and away you go. I will consult it at some point but my initial opinion on this is, everyone who has one was right. My previous brushes were bulky, ugly to hold and to operate and to be honest, I’ve never tried Philips before. The Sonicare is pretty sexy and slick looking. There are two controls – the ‘switch’ which operates on 3 levels depending on how you like it, and a second button to select the appropriate process – cleaning, whitening and gums. In total you are looking at 9 unique brushing options.
I almost jumped out of my skin when I turned it on for the first time. Clearly my Oral-B was rubbish. There isn’t anything that could prepare you for this because it is a party in your mouth – you’ve just got to adjust to doing the samba with it. It’s also a brush that requires no effort other than moving it around your mouth. If you apply too much force, the built-in pressure sensor will sound a warning.
The narrow head is easy to manoeuvre into the most hard to reach places a manual brush can’t get to and the sensation after is just like a thorough clean from the dentist. I found myself running my tongue over my gnashers repeatedly after – couldn’t believe how squeaky clean they were!
A noticeable feature is how the brush operates. While my Oral-B had a round brush head that rotated, the Sonicare FlexCare brush is shaped like a normal toothbrush (only smaller) and moves rapidly up and down. Apparently this is why dentists recommend the Sonicare range because this is the correct way a brush should work on removing plaque. I now realise my teeth didn’t feel super clean from the Oral-B electric brush.
And what about the UV Sanitiser? When you rinse your brush under the tap, you prop it up in the pot to dry in the bathroom, unbeknown to the fact it is attracting bacteria…and then you use it over and over again. It’s not really clean, is it? Imagine the risk your teeth and gums are at. The UV Sanitiser is brilliant – take off the brush head, pop it in the compartment and press the button. It takes 10 minutes for the brush to be sanitised and once done, it will switch off automatically.
According to the manufacturer’s instructions, this brush when fully charged will last up to 3 weeks, so it’s ideal to take on travels and it comes with a robust and secure case.
Has the Sonicare changed my life? Why, yes. The feeling of having clean teeth is long-lasting with a Sonicare, I no longer feel the er, furriness that starts to creep up after a manual toothbrush. It’s worth every penny and better than buying shoes I can’t walk in.