Having a dental exam is like getting a haircut -- you often leave the salon knowing you won't be able to fix your hair exactly the way your stylist did it. Likewise, brushing with a manual toothbrush won't always leave your mouth feeling as fresh as it does after a dental cleaning. That's because many dentists now use ultrasonic cleaning, which removes dental plaque and tartar buildup from areas your toothbrush can't always reach. While you can't perform an ultrasonic cleaning at home, you can get close to that "I just had a dental cleaning" feeling with a Sonicare toothbrush.
Modeled after the high-tech sonic dental equipment used by professional dentists, Philips Sonicare® toothbrushes contain a patented sonic technology to help remove dental plaque along the gum line and other areas that are hard to clean. The high-speed movement of the toothbrushes' bristles create a "dynamic cleaning action" that allows them to fully reach each tooth. And as the bristles are designed to be gentle, Sonicare electric toothbrushes are OK to use on sensitive teeth and gums.
Consider the Benefits
There are many advantages to using a Sonicare toothbrush. For instance, the Sonicare Flexcare has been proven to remove more plaque than a regular toothbrush. Sonicare toothbrushes have also been clinically proven to help shrink periodontal pockets, reduce gingivitis and improve overall gum health. Sonicare can even reduce some surface stains, whitening teeth up to 2.5 shades in two weeks! These benefits have helped make Sonicare the #1 recommended electric toothbrush brand by dental professionals.
Sonicare electric toothbrushes come in several different models, including the Elite, Essence, Advance and Xtreme, which is designed specifically for teens. Higher end models may contain special features, including various speed settings, recharge indicators and several travel amenities. You can also choose among brush heads that are smaller, contoured or have angled necks for a more comfortable cleaning experience. Philips Sonicare has also recently unveiled some new dental products in its oral health care line:
FlexCare -- Smaller and lighter, the Sonicare FlexCare has a new brush head designed to remove more plaque and better clean hard-to-reach teeth. Not only does the FlexCare offer three different modes of brushing -- clean, sensitive and massage -- but it uses 80 percent less vibration than other Sonicare products to make brushing more comfortable. The Flexcare RS930 is the only Sonicare toothbrush that comes with its own sanitizer.
HealthyWhite -- If you're considering teeth whitening, you may be interested in the Sonicare HealthyWhite. After two minutes of brushing, the Clean & White mode adds an additional 30 seconds of "whitening power" to remove stains.
UV Sanitizer -- The Sonicare UV Sanitizer uses an ultraviolet lamp to kill up to 99 percent of germs and viruses that may live on your toothbrush. Sold separately, the Sonicare Sanitizer is compatible with several Sonicare and Oral-B® brush heads.
Timeliness is Cleanliness
Many dental experts will tell you that when it comes to removing plaque, it's not how hard you brush but how long you brush. The following features may help improve your brushing habits:
SmartimerTM -- All of Sonicare's brushes have the Smartimer feature, which turns the toothbrush off after the recommended two minutes of brushing.
Quadpacer® -- The Quadpacer beeps every 30 seconds to alert you when it's time to move to the next quadrant. Quadpacer is only available on the Flexcare, HealthyWhite, Elite and Essence 5500 models.
Easy-start® -- Power is gradually increased over the first few days to get you used to your Sonicare product. You'll find the Easy-start feature on all of Sonicare's toothbrushes except for the Xtreme.
For Complete Coverage
While using a Sonicare toothbrush may improve your oral hygiene routine, it is not a substitute for professional dental care. Regular dental visits are still necessary to remove dental tartar and check for dental problems. If you're interested in purchasing an electric toothbrush, you may want to check with a dentist first. After evaluating your dental health, your dentist can help you decide which type of toothbrush is right for you.