Product Type: Philips electric toothbrushes
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Philips HX6731 Sonicare
Member Name: FairyG
Philips HX6731 Sonicare
Advantages: Keeps teeth clean and sparkling
Disadvantages: Brush heads are expensive to replace
My last electric toothbrush was an Ultrasonex, and although I couldn't fault its effectiveness, the handle had a habit of cracking, and I got through several replacements under guarantee before finally giving up and buying the Philips Sonicare Healthy White.
~What's in the Box~
The Sonicare rechargeable toothbrush, a charging stand, 1 standard brush head, a hygiene cap, a travel case, and 3 additional colour coded rings. The rings are useful if there is more than one person in the family with this toothbrush as you can use different colours to tell them apart. The charging stand enables you to wrap the cord inside for easy transport.
~What it Does~
The Philips Sonicare claims it will whiten teeth up to 2 shades in 2 weeks, improve gum health, and is gentle on braces, dental work, veneers, implant material and sensitive teeth. The handle has an on/off button on the front which you can press to choose from three different brushing modes:
Clean: A standard two minute cleaning mode.
Sensitive: Gentle cleaning for sensitive gums and teeth.
Clean and White: Two minutes of clean mode with an extra 30 seconds of white mode to focus on the front teeth.
This toothbrush also has a Smartimer which automatically switches off the brush at the end of the brushing cycle. If you want to stop before then, you can stop it by holding the on/off button down for two seconds. If you press it again, it will resume where you left off. It resets itself when you stop brushing for 30 seconds, or put it on its charger. It also has a quadpacer which means it pauses slightly at 30, 60 and 90 seconds to prompt you to move to a different section of the mouth, making sure you spend equal time in each area.
When I first started with this toothbrush I thought it was actually too gentle compared to the Ultrasonex. It's quite a soft feeling brush head and I wasn't sure it was doing much. However over the next few days of using it twice a day on Clean mode, I realized my teeth were feeling nicely polished and clean. However, my gums started to feel quite sore and irritated, possibly because the toothbrush was cleaning under the edges really well, or maybe I was using it too vigorously as the brush head felt so soft.
My husband had already got one of these and he told me had noticed the same problem at first. He suggested I switch to Sensitive mode for a while. I tried this, and my gums calmed down in a couple of days. I now use the Clean mode most days and it feels fine so long as I am careful to be gentle with it. The toothbrush does most of the work, so I really just need to move it slowly and gently back and forward across my teeth. I also use the Clean and White mode sometimes. This gives a heavier pulse for the last 30 seconds to give the front teeth an extra scrub.
If you've never used an electric toothbrush before one of the problems is that it makes toothpaste really really frothy! It's best not to use too much. I've found that Arm and Hammer Enamel Care for Sensitive Teeth is good with this toothbrush as it's quite a thick toothpaste that doesn't froth too much anyway.
When going on holiday I find the carry case very useful for keeping it safe and clean. I don't bother taking the charger if I'm only going away for a week, as I find it holds a charge for a full week.
I've had this a year now, and overall it's been a great toothbrush. I find I do need to give it the full two minutes each time to keep my teeth and gums really clean. If I give it any less than that I don't feel they're as clean as they should be. My dentist is happy with the cleanliness of my teeth, so it must be doing a good job. As for whether it makes my teeth 2 shades whiter, that's hard to say. I was already using a good electric toothbrush and toothpaste that helped keep my teeth as white as they're likely to get, so I don't think this toothbrush can improve on that. However, I like my red wine and black coffee, but my teeth aren't noticeably discoloured so I think the toothbrush must be helping maintain a normal shade.
A good thing I've noticed is that the plastic handle doesn't seem to have an inclination to crack, unlike the Ultrasonex which must be made of cheap recycled plastic. This one seems to be quite sturdy, even though I've dropped it a couple of times, and hasn't cracked at all.
The one downside of this toothbrush, is that the replacement heads are expensive. For the full price it's £19 for a pack of three. Bearing in mind you need to change the head every three months, this works out quite expensive over a year. However I've found them on half price offer at Boots in the past, and they're currently on at half price at Argos, so it's worth keeping an eye out for offers and snapping them up. The heads are very simple to pop off and replace. However, in spite of the expensive heads, this is a great toothbrush, and I'd rather spend money on looking after my teeth than getting them repaired at the dentist!
The Sonicare toothbrush is currently £59.99 at Argos, which is half price. It comes with a two year guarantee.
Summary: Efficient and kind to teeth and gums if used properly.
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