Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Toothbrush Review #PhilipsSonicare
Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.
I had my annual cleaning and dental checkup about two weeks ago. I was a bit nervous going in because I don’t have dental coverage anymore and was hoping that she wouldn’t find any cavities or other issues. Thankfully there were no cavities, and I was told I had “good teeth”. I mentioned that I was getting a new toothbrush: the Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum toothbrush and both the dentist and the hygienist thought that was great news. Both of them recommend power toothbrushes, and when I told them which one I was getting, the hygienist said “oh that’s a good one!”. Having their recommendation made me even more excited to give it a try.
I’ve only been using just a manual toothbrush and never made the switch to a power toothbrush. I was curious to see how I would like the Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum toothbrush and if it would impress me enough to change my brushing routine.
I found the Sonicare Technology quite interesting as I read more about how the toothbrush works to clean your teeth and gums. It drives fluid between your teeth and along the gumline and is considered one of the most sophisticated toothbrushes on the market today.
Some of the key features of the Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum toothbrush include:
Three Brushing Modes: Pick and choose from the three brushing modes. Clean is for plaque removal; White removes surfaces stains and polishes teeth; GumCare combines cleaning mode with a gentle gum massage to keep your gums healthy. I usually do all three modes in that order when I brush my teeth.
Timers: The Quadpacer interval times give a short beep and pause to help you know when it’s time to move to the next quadrant in your mouth. It works in all three modes and intensity levels. The Smartimer indicates when your brushing cycle is completed helping to make sure you get in the dentist recommended 2 minutes of brushing.
Customizable: Pick the intensity and the mode you want. In addition to the timers, there’s also an alert to tell you if you’re brushing too hard. I’m always fairly gentle with my teeth, so I didn’t get the warning!
Easy-start Feature: Activate this feature to help introduce your teeth slowly to the Sonicare brushing experience. It gently increases the power over the first 14 brushings. Note it only works on the Clean mode set to high intensity.
Clinically Proven Cleaning Ability: The Sonicare FlexCare Platinum is clinically proven to improve gum health in just two weeks of regular use. It also removes up to 7 times more plaque between your teeth.
Sanitizing Chamber: It has a UV sanitizing chamber to kill up to 99% of bacteria and viruses.
Long Battery Life: It has a three week battery life which is great when you’re traveling as well as a travel case and charger.
When the toothbrush first arrived, I charged it for 24 hours before I could use it. It’s easy to use. Just add a small amount of toothbrush onto the brush like you normally would. Then select your mode and intensity. I always start at level one with Clean mode. Put the toothbrush in your mouth before you turn it on though so the toothpaste doesn’t fall off! Then press the button to start.
It’s suggested holding the toothbrush bristles at a slight angle towards the gumline and just apply a light pressure. I had to resist the urge to start brushing like normal because this brush does that work for you. It took me a few tries to break that habit. I’d catch myself brushing and have to stop and remind myself to let the brush do the work.
The Quadpacer helps to make sure to brush the four sections of your mouth and the Smartimer ensures you are brushing your teeth long enough. I especially love the Smartimer since know I make sure that I’m always getting the recommended amount of brushing in twice a day.
The first couple of times I noticed my teeth at the top of mouth at the back tickled a little when I put the brush over them. I guess they were sensitive and just not used to the sensation. It didn’t hurt but just felt different. It was gone a few days later as my teeth and gums adjusted to the brush, and now I have no issues whatsoever with sensitivity.
I noticed a HUGE difference now when I brush my teeth compared to when I used a manual toothbrush. My teeth feel so clean like I’ve just been to the dentist for a professional cleaning. I kept running my tongue over my teeth amazed at how smooth they felt. I never had that experience using a manual toothbrush before!
This is the fanciest toothbrush I’ve ever owned, and it’s also the best one I’ve tried. I love how clean my mouth feels after brushing. My next dental visit is in six months, and I’m curious to see if the hygienist notices a difference in my teeth.
Growing up my mom always instilled in us the importance of dental care. “You only get one set of teeth so take care of them” is what she’d say. In fact, I told her about the Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum toothbrush and now she wants to buy one and try it too.