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I was recommended to try the Philips Flexcare by my dentist after having used a Braun for so long and still visiting him for a lot more than the obligatory twice a year and I must say that I wish I'd bought one of these a long time ago.
Initially the brush used to make my teeth feel slightly odd and make my gums numb, but a few weeks on it actually bought back that clean feeling that you receive after you've had a "dentist clean". My hubby even remarked just how white my teeth have been looking, even though the only thing I've changed is the brush and not the toothpaste.
The time between charges is amazing too. I can use the brush for 2-3 weeks without actually having to charge it, which is nothing like the previous brush which I was charging each week. I can even take this brush on holiday without taking the charger with me (so I don't worry about my oral hygiene when I go camping now).
The only drawback is the price. I did however buy this when the site was doing a special offer, so I didn't pay out quite as much as if it wasn't but if I knew then what I know now I would have purchased it at full price without hesitation.
I was recommended this toothbrush by my hygeinist after having implant surgery. I had been using a bulk standard electric toothbrush for the previous couple of years and wondered if this one would really be any better. I was assured that the sonicare toothbrushes are the best around. The price was a little off putting as it is quite expensive but because I had paid so much for implant surgery I saw it as a potential investment. After having this toothbrush for 6 months now I am staggered by the results.
In the package you get the toothbrush, two toothbrush heads (different sizes), a charging base unit with UV sanitiser and a little travel case. Not only does the toothbrush look and feel great, the first time I used it I couldnt believe how different it was to standard electric toothbrushes. It vibrates in a totally different way and you really can feel it cleaning well.
There a 3 different modes of use being the Clean, Sensitive and Massage. I was asked particularly to use the massage function by my hygeinist as my gums were slightly inflamed. I do not tend to use the sensitive option but the normal option is perfectly adequate for my needs. The battery life of this toothbrush os excellent and has good visual indications showing when it is running down.
In the last couple of visits to the hygeinist, I have been told my gums and teeth are rapidly looking healthier as well as oral hygiene vastly improved, and on an even bitter side my teeth are much whiter.
This toothbrush really is as good as it says it is and I can promise that you wont be disappointed. Some people love the UV sanitizer and dental professionals strongly recommend it although in my opinion its neither here nor there and I don't use it every day. You can get this toothbrush without the sanitizer and I would recommend that if saving money is more of a priority.
Absolutely great toothbrush, really is as good as it says and I would recommend it to anyone. See it as an investment rather than a large payout and you will not be let down.
The Philips Flexcare range represents in my opinion the very best in oral healthcare.
The HX6932 with integral UV sanitizer is the toothbrush I would recommend above all others. I have no connections with Philips or any other toothbrush manufacturer whatsoever but I have been able to research and buy the very latest toothbrushes as soon as they came on the market.
As a consumer you are most likely to fall into one of two groups:
You have always used a manual toothbrush but are considering
buying an electric toothbrush for the first time.
You already have an electric toothbrush but you want to get a
If you have only ever used a manual toothbrush before you will find some things a little strange when you first switch to electric. Firstly they are not a gimmick and they are certainly not "the ultimate in laziness" as some people seem to think!
When you first begin to clean your teeth with a good electric toothbrush, you and your dentist should be able to see the difference. One point to make however is that a manual toothbrush used correctly together with a second to none oral health routine will produce results your dentist would be proud of.
A good electric toothbrush though takes the guesswork out of brushing your teeth. Anyone who uses it properly will get results.
I must stress that you need to buy a 'good' electric toothbrush. Sonicare toothbrushes are not the same as a an electric toothbrush you could pay £10 for on the highstreet. Sonicare as their name implies are sonic toothbrushes. The simplest way to think of them is that the ultrasonic vibrations they produce "shake" the dirt off your teeth, including the areas of your teeth that the toothbrush cannot physically reach.
When you listen to the radio, the sound waves travel through the air, you don't have to have your ears presed up against the speakers. When you brush your teeth, the ultrasound waves travel through your toothpaste and saliva and get right to where they need to, even those places that the bristles can't reach, great for those of us who may have teeth that overlap or are so close together that even mini interdental brushes cannot get between them. (Your dentist would probably not want you to stop using floss though even though you use an ultrasonic. Think how many years your teeth are meant to last for and you may well agree with him).
Flexcare has a built in timer, the standard brushing time is 2 minutes although you can also use a quicker 1 minute setting and a more thorough 3 minute setting. The first time I used a toothbrush with a built in timer I thought it was faulty until I realized just how long 2 minutes is and discovered how long I had always been brushing for with a manual toothbrush, certainly not 2 minutes.
I can compare the Flexcare to two other "good" toothbrushes I have used: the Sonicare Elite and the Oral-B Triumph.
The toothbrush with the very best timer though has to be the Oral-B Triumph. You can see exactly which teeth you should be brushing though with practice you can learn to judge this very well with the Sonicare range.
The predecessor to the Flexcare range was the Elite series. In itself, the Sonicare Elite is an excellent toothbrush both in terms of its features, ease of use and everyday oral healthcare, Flexcare surpasses the Elite in a number of ways however:
The heads on the Flexcare range are very easy to change. The Elite
series use a screw on head which is quite easy to use but
sometimes can become crossthreaded, not so good for children or
people with arthritic hands.
Flexcare uses a push on head system which is much easier to use.
Philips have made the head unit on the Flexcare quite compact in
comparison to previous Sonicare ranges. If you do have arthritis or
any mobility problems in your hands though, you may find it harder to
Flexcare warns you if you apply too much pressure as you are
brushing with a loud buzz, this is a great idea because many people
do overbrush and end up brushing away some enamel. This system is
very poor when compared to the Oral-B Triumph though which warns
you when you apply only the slightest bit too much pressure.
Physically Flexcare is a very compact toothbrush, great for taking on holiday. It will last, without needing to be recharged, 1 person brushing for 2 minutes morning and night for 2 weeks or two people brushing for 2 minutes morning and night for 1 week. You would need to take the included travel charger with you if you were travelling with the family though. There is also a luxury travel case too.
The ultraviolet sanitizer "cooks" the bacteria off the brush head when you have finished using it and is a great place to store the heads. Even though this is an excellent feature it only takes 2 brush heads, for a family of 4 each using their own head this is not so great. You can buy an extra sanitizer to get round this problem though. In comparison the Elite series does not have this feature (there are other brushes in the Flexcare range that also do not have it) instead just having a holder for 2 brush heads. The Oral-B Triumph while not having a UV sterilizer does have room to store 4 heads including a protective hard plastic cover that keeps them dust free. The Oral-B also has technology built into the heads that communicates how much wear the heads have had and when to replace them - definately a toothbrush for the space age!
Flexcare comes with two heads, one standard and one mini. If you are one of the people who finds it difficult to clean the back of your upper teeth, the mini head may be just what you need, it is great for getting to those hard to reach areas.
Replacement heads can be purchased singly or in packs of 3. Most supermarkets and chemists sell them but they are often cheaper online. Try your dentist though, quite often they are the cheapest place to buy not just the heads but the whole toothbrush/sanitizer package. If they don't have them in stock try asking them, they often get their stock direct from the manufacturer cutting out even the wholesale middlemen!
For all round teeth cleaning this is definately the best brush for the majority of people. There are other brushes out there that do some things that this does not but on a personal note, my teeth feel cleaner with the Flexcare than with its main rival the Oral-B Triumph.
Lastly, if you go to a private dentist and also see the hygeinist, how much do you pay for each hygeine visit? I would like to bet that after using the Flexcare you will save money year after year in hygeinist fees.
As a Dental Hygienist/Therapist I regularly get asked to test different dental products by various dental companies. I was asked to test this toothbrush 1 year ago and I have continued using it ever since as it is one of the best on the market. I regularly recommend it to my patients and there is always a noticeable improvement in their oral health.
The model that I have is not cheap but there are other models available which have exactly the same toothbrush but with slightly different or no accessories.
Included with this particular model is the toothbrush, two toothbrush heads (one small, one large), a travel case and the charging base unit with UV sanitiser and full instructions.
For optimum battery life it is recommended to give the toothbrush at least 12 hours charge and it is best to let the toothbrush run completely flat before recharging it.
This particular model has three modes of action: Clean (normal mode at full power), Sensitive (less power for sensitive areas) and Massage (to stimulate blood flow to the gums). Two minute timer is available on all models.
The UV sanitiser is a great idea, being a dental professional I am fully aware of the amount of bacteria that lives on toothbrushes and this is so easy to use and means that the toothbrush heads wont need to be replaced as often.
Teeth feel so much cleaner after using this toothbrush and independent research has shown that it can reduce the amount of plaque on teeth and also the effects of gum disease.
When is a toothbrush not just a toothbrush?
When it's a Philips Sonicare toothbrush. This really is a gadget for the 21st century and nothing less than a revolution in dental hygiene technology. It is a high-tech and advanced device that looks and feels as expensive as it is, and wouldn't look out of place in a science fiction series. Also provided is a UV (ultra violet) sanitizer which is able to sterilize both brush heads reasonable quick. Although this may seem like a gimmick, I recently read that the average toothbrush has been found to contain millions of bacteria so anyone seriously paranoid about dental hygiene can rest assured that the brush heads are definitely clean (as UV light is used by some water companies as a part of water treatment to destroy any water-borne pathogens.) The toothbrush offers three brushing modes at 31,000 brush strokes per minute. The item also comes with a smaller separate charger, which I thought was a really considerate idea, as it means that you've won't have to take the sanitizer with you while traveling and thus save luggage space. The Sonicare has a comfortable handle which is easy to hold, but because of the design it is easy to accidently switch it off while brushing (it took me three days to realise that's what I was doing.) I've used electric toothbrushes in the past so it didn't take me long to get used to the powerful sensation. But if you're not used to them, then you would be best to accustom your mouth to it by starting on the lower setting. Personally I would have liked a battery with a slightly longer life, as after changing over night the battery was nearly empty nine days later (but I guess it's easy enough to charge it back up and the charge indicator is actually very helpful plan when you need to do this.)
I've never had any serious issues with my teeth in the past as I've always took care of them, but after just a few uses of the Sonicare, my teeth felt cleaner and looked noticeable whiter. So don't let the noise, vibrations or even the (high) price put you off. All and all it's a perfect toothbrush and I would highly recommend it.
(I'm a reviewer on Amazon, and some my reviews are copied from there to dooyoo. Please feel free to check out my Amazon profile under my real name of Mr Andrew M Kerr.)
Thanks For Reading.
Clinically proven to remove significantly more plaque / Smartimer: 2-min / timer helps to ensure recommended brushing / Battery type: Lithium Ion rechargeable battery / Short name: Philips HX6932