Product Type: Sonicare electric toothbrushes
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It rattled its tic tacs at me.
Sonicare Plus Model
Member Name: aefra
Sonicare Plus Model
Date: 27/08/03, updated on 27/08/03 (1308 review reads)
Advantages: Sonic power, yet gentle
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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