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      24.07.2011 15:01

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      Best results but pricy unit

      The sonicare plus provides a clean like no other electric toothbrush. With multiple settings to give you different cleaning modes including deep cleaning and a daily standard clean. It takes a week or so to get used to the sensation of each cleaning mode. The head moves so much faster than any other type of electric brush it actually tickles the gums. The outcome gives a strange feeling to the teeth and it took me a while to realise that it was the feeling of properly cleaned teeth. Using it with a whitening toothpaste has given a noticable effect in the whiteness levels. The battery life is pretty good however the meter doesn't display a true representation of what is left and often skips from full to almost empty in one go. These are at the top end of the price scale but are often found in big sales. I'm not sure whether they are really worth the price difference from a standard electirc brush but they definately lead in the results achieved.

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      29.06.2008 10:15
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      great investment

      it's not that I can;t cope with dentist's visits - it's now the expense of it all! I decided to invest in the sonicare electric toothbrush & am so glad I did! easy to use, manage & maintain it def. makes my teeth feel clean - like when u leave the hygienist. I have quite sensitive gums but there is no discomfort or harshness with this brush I can say quite honestly. there are more expensive ones on the market but this has good ratings & does exactly what it says it will - I like that. 1 thing I will say - as a smoker - when brushing at night I do it twicw - has a timer so I know I'm not overbrushing. I like the way the bristles aren't too hard & you just hold on teeth so the brush does all the work - easy to get into awkward areas as well though - like wisdom teeth my dentsist has noticed a difference & I'm sure I've saved a bit of money - great to have clean teeth & look after them - they're very special aren't they?

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        27.08.2003 19:58
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        I don't visit the dentist as often as I should. Not because it is a distressing experience, although I always come away bad tempered, but because my superb practitioner has twice found work to the tune of £1000. It is my choice to have a gap filled or a damaged tooth permanently and costmetically dealt with, but my credit card can do without the extra weight. Thus it was that I waited for a year before deciding that, as a smoker, my teeth really did need a professional scale and polish. Fortunately I was told that no other work needed to be done (phew!) and I could relax. I was still feeling tetchy though as my dentist had given me a lecture on the dangers of smoking. My annoyance was not the lecture itself, rather the fact that he waited until my mouth was frozen with an injection before his patronising sermon. I had drawn myself up to my full 6' height, looked down my nose and prepared to tell him that I was paying him to clean my teeth not discuss my personal habits (not quite in those words) when I remembered that if I opened my mouth I was on to a loser immediately. All that would come out would be a slurred mumble from twisted lips. However, since the account was pleasantly lower than it could have been, I was open to suggestion from the sweet little receptionist that I buy a Philips Sonicare Plus toothbrush at all of £80. With my mouth still frozen I could discuss little, but was impressed with her demonstration. With the thought that this may prevent me going through another uncomfortable scale and clean in three month's time I handed over a credit card. This was just under three months ago and I had intended waiting a little longer before offering a review. However you will see why I didn't bother to wait this long. The sonicare is taller and wider than most electric toothbrushes at 9 1/2 inches from base to brush head and quite wide, although with a soft comfortable grip it doesn' ;t slip in the hand. The base contains the rechargeable battery and the brush head is a unit in itelf containing the brains. This aligns onto the handle and then screws easily until secure. The charger base is a simple cup with a wide secure base and neither this nor the top of the handle have any metal at all showing. It is amazing that plastic to plastic the charge still runs through. During charging a green light on the handle flashes until fully powered. There is no need to periodically run it down and it may be left on permanent charge if you wish. My model came with 2 different brush heads and the one I use has 8 rows of differently shaped soft bristles which vibrate at 30,000 times a minute. For those who have not used an electric toothbrush before, the first 12 brushings are at a reduced speed which can be deactivated if you wish. A travel case came with the pack and a fully charged Sonicare will last for up to 2 weeks of twice daily brushing. The manufacturer promises that sonic technology will prevent the formation of plaque, significantly reduce stains within 28 days and reverse gingivitus, while also helping shrink periodontal pockets. I was more interested in the whitening and prevention of plaque build up. When using the Sonicare I noticed at once the additional power compared with my previous battery toothbrush and felt the bristles reaching deep between my teeth. The power runs for 2 minutes with a soft bleep after each 30 seconds. If I want to reduce the time or restart the toothbrush I only need to press the green button which covers the charging light. The comprehensive booklet which comes with the purchase recommends that a gel be used rather than ordinary toothpaste. I prefer this as the gel seems less likely to collect aound the brush head, which is easy to clean anyway. Despite its power, the Sonicare is gentle and can be used despite crowns, caps, braces and sensitiv e gums. Although my mouth was very sensitive after extensive cleaning and scaling, I at no time found my gums bled or the discomfort I expected to experience in the beginning. This is an assertive appliance which this morning rattled its tic tacs at me. I had failed to recharge and after the usual 2 minutes of cleaning, I heard 5 impatient bleeps and noticed an irritated flashing from the light on the handle. It is now quietly and contentedly bringing itself up to power and will take a few hours before the light stops flashing to indicate its satisfied hunger. Now for the biggie. Do I think it is worth the money I paid? Firstly, I have since found that the price of Sonicare has been dropping fast and I could have bought it for less. It was originally well over £100 and there seems to be competition from websites in this respect. There are other less expensive models which offer the same protection but may not include the audible warnings or offer a travel case and a pair of brush heads. These vary in price also and retail at about £25 per pair (expected to be replaced every 6 months). This may seem expensive, but the technology is in this part of the Sonicare. I find this a beautiful toothbrush to use and my mouth feels positively sanitised after use. However, close inspection shows that when my dentist's receptionist telephones me soon to ask if I would like to book an appointment for scaling , I shall probably have to agree. I have brushed twice a day and often more for nearly 3 months now and my teeth do feel cleaner. I don't believe they are whiter, but would agree that they don't appear stained either although a small amount of tartar is beginning to show The Sonicare comes with a 2 year warranty and the booklet assures me that it should last for many years. If this promise is kept, I would buy another. Note: Sonicare is believed to be safe for use with most hea rt pacemakers. However do ask your doctor before use.

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          12.06.2002 21:18
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          I bought the Sonicare for my husband a couple of years ago. It's brilliant. It tickles your gums to start with, but with regular use this sensation disappears. It's very simple to use and very effective. You won't ever want to use any other kind of toothbrush again, your teeth feel so clean after using Sonicare. There can be a slight problem of splatter if you don't keep your mouth closed,(hubby). Although I know how to keep my mouth shut (at times) and I don't really have a problem with it, although I often brush while in the shower. We'd tried lot's of other whitening products as we're heavy tea drinkers and smokers. My husband's teeth in particular needing regular sandblasting!! We even had a mini tooth polisher, but I suspect that the paste was abrasive which just puts you back to square one, as with some other poducts, abrasion can leave a rough surface on the tooth for new stains to stick to. There is no real downside to the Sonicair, except for suspicious glances from the unitiated, you can hear the vibrations quite clearly, and guests in your home may suspect that your facial expression isn't because you're grinning to showing off your shiny white gnashers!!

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            08.01.2002 03:24
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            I was delighted when the postman delivered a large box, and I discover I had won a prize in an Internet competition. What was my prize? A toothbrush! But not just any old toothbrush a Philips Sonicare Quadpacer Family pack available to buy at Boots for the princely sum of £149.99. Yes that’s right it is a very expensive toothbrush. So what do you get for your money? 2 Handles with ergonomic, non-slip grips 2 Brush Heads compact size 1 Brush Head ultra compact size 1 Charger Base Travel Case First step to getting started is to charge the unit for up to 21 hours to ensure it is fully charged. It will then last for two weeks before charging is necessary again which makes it ideal for taking on holiday. There is a recharge indicator feature Low Charge and the indicator light flashes rapidly for 60 seconds and 5 beeps will be heard. Charging in Progress the indicator light flashes slowly when the handle is receiving a charge in the charger base. Full Charge then the indicator light is constant when the handle is in the base unit. The toothbrush is very easy to fit together by aligning the notch on the handle, the brush head then attaches. Then screw the nut and this holds it firmly in place. It is larger that normal electric toothbrushes and has a clear plastic cover which protects the head when not in use. It comes with an easy start feature which helps you get used to power brushing this gradually increases the power until the 12th brushing when you will have reach optimal brushing speed during this time 2 bleeps indicate you are at a reduced power. Now the bit I understand rinse the bristles under running water to moisten before applying the toothpaste as with a conventional brush. As this is a Quadpacer brush you divide your mouth into 4 sections and the computerized feature alerts you at 30, 60. And 90 seconds and a slight interruption to the brushing action are felt this is your signal to move on to the next section. The Smartimer will automatically stop after you have done the 2 minutes recommended by dentists. You fill feel a tickling sensation when you use it that is normal and does diminish. Sonic Technology It is designed to change the way you brush your teeth and gives you 31,000 brush strokes per minute plus gentle sonic waves. They boast that the sonic waves will remove plaque from difficult to reach areas and this has all been proved in laboratory testing. It also naturally whitens teeth and removes 80%of coffee tea and tobacco stains Reverses gingivitis Guarantees a better check-up at the dentist (and we all know how expensive dental treatment is.) In fact they guarantee if your check-up does not confirm your teeth and gums are healthier after a 90-day trial a full refund can be obtained. They also offer a 30 day money back guarantee if you are not fully satisfied Medical Warnings It is advisable to consult your Dr if you have a pacemaker and you dentist if excessive bleeding occurs. Having Multiple Sclerosis I was a bit apprehensive about using it as any sort of vibration can cause me problems i.e. foot spas instead of relaxing me make me incapable of walking. So one month on the big question is does it live up to the hype? The answer is a resounding YES there is noticeable whitening and my teeth feel squeaky-clean. Whether I would have parted with £149.99 is another question as I think it is a bit outwith my budget but I will save up for the new replacement heads, which cost £15.99 ever 6 months. If you would like more information about sonic toothbrushes the web site is www.sonicare.com The toothbrush comes with a comprehensive owners booklet with all the relevant information including free phone number for inquires and customer services in the UK which is 0800 0567 222 or e-mail address sonicareuk@op tiva.com. I highly recommend this product and will finish by flashing you all a dazzling smile

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              02.04.2001 20:33
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              First off, let me make it clear. I couldn’t understand how anything long white and cylindrical which vibrates when powered by batteries could be of any interest, but some friends of another gender told me I was wrong. Still, an opinion on that subject anon. Lets get to the sonicare electronic toothbrush which I’ve been using on and off for over a year now. Let me also say that my interest is somewhat professional as I am a qualified dental surgeon and am married to a practicing dental hygienist . I should make it clear that what follows is my own personal opinion. (That’s the solicitor in me coming out). The sonicare is unlike other electric toothbrushes in that the theory behind it is that by vibrating ultrasonically it creates the same sort of cavitation effects (albeit at a lesser level) as your hygienist's ultrasonic scaler. The theory goes on to say that this allows a measure of cleaning beyond the reach of the brush, which is ideal for the interdental areas. To use is simplicity itself. Pick it up from its holder/recharger, apply a small dob of paste and stick it in your gub! (Hope this technical dental language is not too much for some) Then switch it on. Don’t switch it on before putting it in your mouth or you’ll effectively artex your face! Its also a good idea to keep your lips sealed when using it to prevent the “rabid dog “ look. It can be painful if used for too long and against sensitive dentine. There is a small ring to drop the level of effect and you should use this at first. Personally I find the handle a bit unwieldy, but the cleaning effect when held gently against the teeth is ok. It beeps for quarters of your mouth, but take my advice, use it twice on each quarter inside and out (cheek and tongue) to get a decent clean as the timed intervals are really too short. Overall a good product but maybe a bit dear (I got a disc ount of course). As for my crude attempt at humour in the first paragraph, you will all be aware that there is only one mechanical device that can raise a woman to the heights of sexual pleasure and that of course is a Mercedes 350 SL

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                06.11.2000 02:42
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                It took me a few weeks or more, as I remember, to get used to the Sonicare toothbrush. It tickled my gums and whole mouth so much that I didn't think i could continue with it at first. But I persevered. I'm glad I did. There is a black ring to use on the brush head to lessen the "Buzzing" until you're used to it, which helps. (the "plus model" means that you get 2 brush heads and holder with it instead of 1). If you use regular brushes for a few days it is really noticable how the plaque really builds up inbetween brushing, the sound waves that sonicare uses sort of repel plaque build-up for a while after use. With the Sonicare I find that my teeth feel very smooth for a LONG time afterwards - Which is very good, and once you get used to that and have to go without it your teeth feel foul, and you can't wait to get your sonicare back! I can't say I've noticed much of a whitening effect, that is promised on the box. I drink a lot of tea, and I don't think my teeth look any whiter than they did before. I could be wrong. Shame the replacement brush heads are so expensive, but it's an effective brush, an I think it must reduce cavities. there is a recharge base that the brush sits in when not in use and a 2 pin shave pin plug. There is also a storage tray for the 2 brush heads. the brushes should be replaced every year or so (you don't have to press hard on your teeth with it). The main base has lasted me YEARS! It's sure to make your teeth healthier.

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                16.08.2000 19:22
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                I've never been blessed with good teeth so splashing out on this brush was a rather desperate attempt to do something about soaring dentist's bills. I wasn't even particularly optimistic - it sounded a bit gimmiky to me. Basically this toothbrush works by emitting waves which clean further than the tips of the bristles - eg under the gumline and between teeth. And, for me, the truly surprising thing was that it worked! It works to an extent that, even as a smoker and drinker of gallons of very strong coffee, I haven't needed a scale and polish for 18 months. It's a bit noisy to use, and a bit strange until you get the hang of it - nothing like an ordinary electric toothbrush at all. Your teeth feel cleaner for much longer after you've used it and I've had almost no staining at all ever since. It's fairly expensive to start with - but on my past record I've more than saved the cost of this by what I haven't spent at the dentist.

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