I first started using a Phillips Sonicare electric toothbrush years ago when my dentist recommended that I use one. I think this was the second Sonicare toothbrush I used. I now use the Healthy White toothbrush instead, after a couple of years use from the Flexcare, and this is only because when cleaning my Flexcare I submerged it in water - something you are not supposed to do! If I hadn't submerged it in water, it may well still be going today, and my husband's is still working well after a few years of constant use.
I think a new Flexcare Platinum model is now available to replace this Flexcare version, but it can still be purchased on Amazon for £90 with free delivery. According to the listing on Amazon, the RRP of this toothbrush is £163.40, which is very expensive, and I think the RRP is one negative thing about this toothbrush. The only other negative that I found when using it, was that the replacement toothbrush heads are rather expensive. I used the ProResults replacement heads, which are currently £18.99 for a pack of 3 on Amazon. It is recommended that you replace the head on the toothbrush at least every 3 months, and you can tell when it needs replacing, because the blue bristles on the head will turn white.
This toothbrush has 3 cleaning modes: 'Clean' for maximum cleaning, 'Sensitive' for sensitive teeth and gyms, and 'Massage' which is supposed to stimulate gums. I always used the 'clean' setting, as my teeth and gums aren't particularly sensitive, and I didn't feel the need to try the 'massage' setting. My teeth always felt nice and clean after using the 'clean' setting.
As well as the different cleaning modes, the toothbrush also offers 2 cleaning routines, which are: 'Go Care' and 'Max Care'. 'Go Care' provides a quick one minute clean and 'Max Care' provides an extended clean over 3 minutes. I've never tried these modes personally, as I never felt the need for an extended clean and if I wanted a quick clean for my teeth, for example before I was going out socialising, I would just use the 'clean' mode and switch the toothbrush off after a quick clean manually.
The one thing that I really appreciated and used on this toothbrush was the 'Quadpacer' interval timer, which is intended to help you to clean each quadrant of your mouth for the correct amount of time, so that all of your teeth get a good clean. After 30 seconds, the toothbrush beeps so that you know to move on to the next section of your teeth. I found this really helpful, as I was no longer guessing how long to brush each section of my teeth for, and it gave me reassurance that I was cleaning all of my teeth thoroughly.
The toothbrush also has a 2-minute timer, which means that the toothbrush switches itself off after you have been cleaning your teeth for 2 minutes, which Phillips say is the amount of time dentists recommend you clean your teeth for. If you decide to clean your teeth for longer, you can simply switch the toothbrush on again and carry on cleaning.
The Flexcare is a rechargeable toothbrush and so it comes with a charger. I found that the toothbrush lasted for well over a week between charges, and I used it twice daily every day.
Overall, I was glad that I purchased the Flexcare because I felt that it helped me to clean my teeth thoroughly. It is a very expensive toothbrush to purchase, but I personally felt that it was worth purchasing because my dentist recommended the brand and I really care about looking after my teeth well. The only reason that I didn't purchase the same model again is because it wasn't on offer when I needed to replace it.
I've had the Philips HX6972 for over a year and have seen an improvement on my dental health.
The reason for my purchasing the toothbrush was the sonic power it offers, which leaves my mouth feeling dentist clean, and have also seen a large reduction in gum bleeding.
Another attractive feature was the different programs available, from normal clean to deep gum cleaning. I also find the UV cleaning mode for the toothbrush heads useful and comforting.
It should be noted, that if you have not had a sonic toothbrush before the sensation can feel a little weird at first, but you soon get used to it.
The holder and stand blend nicely with my bathroom décor, with the cord being just long enough for the plug. This may be a factor for others, if the power supply is some distance from a shelf or resting place for the toothbrush.
Replacement heads are widely available, but can be expensive if they are not on offer.
In summary the positives are:
Easy storage of heads.
Multiple brushing modes.
UV cleaning mode.
The negatives are:
Initial purchase price and replacement head costs can be high.
Easy to select the wrong brushing mode while in use.
The head holder can be awkward to clean.
Cord may be a little short.
Overall it is an excellent toothbrush, with some minor niggling faults.
A while ago I was sent a Sonicare Flexcare 6972 from Philips to try and review.As soon as I tried the tooth brush for the first time I realized that it was the best brushing experience I have ever had and I have not looked back to any other tooth brush ever since!.I think this is even better than their top of the line tooth brush i.e the Diamond Clean.
This fantastic tooth brush comes in a gorgeous rectangular box.The box is fantastic as it has detailed information about the brush and its features written on top of it.This makes it very easy to get an idea of the features of the tooth brush,its modes,charging time,it's accessories etc.On opening the box you get a Styrofoam packaging encasing the fantastic tooth brush and it's accessories.
ITEMS IN THE BOX:
The box contains
1.one flexcare brush handle
2.Two brush heads
3.One hard Travel case
4.One charger and UV sanitiser
The bush has 5 different brushing modes
1.Gum Care: improves gum health
2.Clean: for whole mouth cleaning
3.Refresh: perfect for quick touch-ups
4.Sensitive: extra-gentle on sensitive teeth
5.Massage: stimulates gums
1.The brush has sonic technology,that drives fluid between the teeth and gives detailed cleaning.
2.The brush has a two minute timer.Which is the dentist recommended brushing time.This ensures that the user brushes the teeth for the full 2 minutes.
3.The brush also features a quad pacer,this means that the brush buzzes after every 30 seconds.This ensures all your mouth gets even and equal brushing,
4.The brush has 5 different modes that makes it able for the user to choose the brushing action according to their requirement.
5.The brush has an Easy-start program i.e it gently increases power over first 14 uses to ease into the Philips Sonicare electric toothbrush experience.
6.The brush comes with a UV sanitizer that can sanitize the tooth brush after every use using UV rays.This is fantastic for dental hygiene and healthy gums.
7.The brush has a unique back-lighting that indicates selected mode.When on, unique back lighting indicates selected mode. When off, display becomes invisible, for a clean look.
I love the tooth brush because it has so many fantastic advantages
Firstly The brush has all the basic electric tooth brush features like a two minute timer and the quad timer.The quad timer I really find helpful to use because I don't have to worry about the timing of brushing and all the teeth get equal attention,it just buzzes and tells me to move to the next quadrant of my mouth.
Secondly This brush has a lot of different modes so you can customize the brush according to your choice.I usually brush on the clean mode.which is 2 minutes of gorgeous and detailed sonicare brushing.This leaves my teeth and gums tinging with freshness.I just need less than half of the tooth paste I would use for a manually tooth brush.But the freshness after brushes is lovely.And I feel that my whole mouth is tinging with freshness.The brush also has go care mode that is really good one minute mode that I use if I have eaten something naughty and sweet during the day and want a quick clean.I use the max care mode one a week for a long a detailed clean.
Thirdly The brush holds a charge for more than 2 weeks which is fantastic.So I can travel with it as well. The travel case is an added bonus.
Last but not the least this brush comes with a lovely UV sanitiser. This.This is fantastic as I always worry about cleaning my brush heads.And this provides exceptional results.All I need to do is pop my brush head in the UV sanitizer,close it and leave it in for a few minutes.It cleanses the head ,which I think is very hygienic and perfect for gums and teeth alike.
The only down side of the brush is its brush head.It is a perfectly fine brush head in itself but I have loved it ,if they had provided the diamond clean brush head with this as well.Because that brush head has more bristles and gives whiter results.results. Thats the only thing that makes this brush short of perfect.I still love it any way and am going just going to swap the brush head with a diamond clean one
This great brush head especially if you worry about hygiene or have problem gums.
Unfortunately for me, my teeth are very sensitive which doesn't bide well when trying to use your sturdy, average non-electronic toothbrush, so about a year ago I decided on a whim to buy myself one of these, as I had seen many adverts and I gathered it would help my teeth a lot more.
I bought my toothbrush when it was on offer, and even then it was £100, I believe it is anything from £90-£140.
This Electronic Toothbrush with three settings "Clean" for people who want to whiten their teeth up a bit more, "Sensitive" for people like me who are in need of a toothbrush that's going to be more caring for their teeth and "Clean and White" for people who just want a to kept their teeth the way the way they, each of these settings can be chosen by pressing the power button, one for "Clean, twice for "Sensitive" and three times for "Clean and White".
The Sonicare Flexcare Plus Toothbrush also comes with an installed set time limit for how long you should use it for, insuring you have extremely clean teeth!
In my experience I would say the battery lasts about 2 weeks at most, but never try to operate it when it's running out of battery because it just won't stay on and will continue to warn you that it needs new batteries.
This products runs off of two AA batteries.
This product is recommended by Dental Practitioners all over the country and promises to remove more plaque that any other toothbrush, the toothbrush itself is made from soft bristles and won't cause you pain when operating it, it will instantly improve your overall oral health and make a your teeth a lot whiter!
Does it work?
Absolutely, I'm had this toothbrush for a year now and I've definitely seen results, I have less plaque, it's easier to clean my teeth and my teeth look a lot better!
As my last electric toothbrush was on its last legs I snapped this up while it was on a sale, heavily discounted. Even so, it still felt a heck of a lot to be spending on a toothbrush and I was a little anxious to see how good an investment this would turn out to be...
It comes packaged in a rather large box, containing the toothbrush handle, two brush heads (one large, one small), plastic caps to put over the brush heads, a travel case, and a charging station which also comes with a UV sanitiser for cleaning the brush heads as well as a basic travel charger. The brush heads clip easily on and off the toothbrush and you're pretty much ready to go after that, but I'd recommend skimming through the instruction leaflet first as this electric toothbrush works a little bit differently to most.
It offers a selection of five different brush modes - Clean, gum care, refresh, sensitive and massage. You switch between them by pressing a button on the front panel of the brush and the selected mode is brightly illuminated just below it. In its default "clean" mode (the only one I really use), it encourages you to brush your teeth in four 30-second segments, with a slight pause and a buzz indicating when it's time to switch to the next segment. This rather encourages you to dedicate enough time to brushing the entirety of your teeth by making you aware of the timings as you go. It might take a little getting used to, being essentially bossed about by a toothbrush, but it's soon something you settle into. Another thing that will need some adjusting to is the contact of the brush on your teeth initially. The vibrations of the brush (stated to be some 31,000 strokes per minute) felt somewhat unsettling on my teeth on my first few days of using this, tickling them a bit as the bristles did their work scrubbing the teeth and spraying water all around my mouth. It doesn't last too long though; maybe a few days as I said, before it starts to feel comfortable keeping the brush to your teeth and slowly moving it around your mouth to give full coverage to your teeth and gums.
And it is worth the initial discomfort. After a thorough brushing my teeth feel well and truly clean and polished, and this continues to be the case some three months after purchasing it. Next comes cleaning the brush head, which instead of simply running it through a hot tap you also have the UV sanitiser, which you simply place the detached head into and switch on to bathe it in UV light for about 10 minutes; killing a number of germs in the process (stated to be up to 99%) ready for the next use. It's also a perfect place just to store the brush heads instead of leaving them exposed to the open air where germs could collect on them by your next brush. As a complete package, there is little doubt in my mind that this is the most complete dental hygiene product available anywhere.
The downside then, pretty much comes exclusively from the price of admission. For starters, this thing has an RRP of over £200 which sounds crazy for a toothbrush no matter how good. That it is available online for typically about half that doesn't really weaken the argument against it either; this is definitely no impulse buy. In addition, if you follow the recommendation to replace the brush heads every three months then you are going to need to buy them from somewhere. Three brush heads carry an RRP of around £20 and again, although they can be had much cheaper online you are still looking at around a £4-5 spend per brush. And then you may have to have the bulb in the sanitiser replaced at some point, although they are expected to last around 5 years with normal use.
So bascially, very, very nice brush . If you can afford the expense or can find it at a massive discount then I would seriously recommend investing in one. If you can't justify the price though, there are more bare bones Sonicare models available which, although without the sanitiser, should still make fantastic toothbrushes as I doubt they would be much inferior models to the one included in this package.
To be honest I normally brushed my teeth on the old fashion way but when my dentist kept on saying that an electric toothbrush would definitely be better, I finally bought one.
The toothbrush itself is standing on a white holder with a white cord. The cord is not very long but for me it's long enough. The whole toothbrush and holder are mostly white but with light blue and silver in the front it looks good. The whole device is easy to use and there aren't many buttons. You have an on/off button and when you press it multiple lights will go on indicating that it's ready for use. On the upper part of the holder is the brush itself. You can easily take it off and replace it with a new one. The whole device exists of four parts; the charger, handle, the brush itself and the handy container were you can store your brush. Also apparently Philips uses a UV clean technology to keep your toothbrush clean from harmful germs.
On the device under the on/off button you can see the lights which will show you when it's on. When pressing it on you have the option of selection different kind of possibilities. There is the option for your gums to clean / massage. Further options are the cleaning, gumcare, refresh, sensitive and massage mode. Each of these make the brush go faster, harder or slower, which ever you prefer. I just normally use the clean option which is the standard one.
I had to get used to the electric toothbrush, the brush is much smaller, wider grip, sound, vibration, and especially the feeling is different. But I'm glad I have it now. You notice that the same brush proceeds much more intensively, even the smallest corners are cleaned. The buzzing sound reminds me a bit of a dentist drill but it's ok. The brush does the job well and I love that it stops automatically after two minutes and it beeps every 30 seconds so you can move to the next section. The Philips Sonicare is clinically proven to remove significantly more plaque and it's definitely more effective than more old brush.
What sounded for me almost the most impressive is the three weeks battery. I travel quite a lot and love the idea that I don't have to worry about it running out of battery. It's a very good electric toothbrush which now you can buy for around 100 pounds.
Philips HX6972 Sonicare Flexcare Plus Toothbrush / Short name: Philips HX6972