I’ve been using Sonicare brushes and brush-heads for a dozen years now and this is the first time (2014) I’ve experienced bad quality. Each of the two heads in the package (one I was using, the other – my son, in his identical E-series) experienced the same problem: only a couple of months into using it, the brush started making a strong noise and the vibration weakened significantly, to the point where it wasn’t cleaning at all. I looked carefully at the brush and noticed that the base of the head, which contains a couple of rare-earth magnets, seated on a steel plate, had become loose and was hanging on the plastic tab that protrudes from a hole in the plate (see accompanying pictures). The exact same problem on each brush-head, a clear sign of poor design and execution.
At the time of this update (September 5, 2017), the above toothbrushes constituted all of the models that Sonicare (Koninklijke Philips N.V) displayed on the USA version of their website as their “current” products.
Dental hygienists earned a median annual salary of $72,910 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, dental hygienists earned a 25th percentile salary of $60,500, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $86,390, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 207,900 people were employed in the U.S. as dental hygienists.
Otherwise, you’re basically saying, “this one works better for me, for the things that I like,” i.e. it makes your mouth feel cleaner (to which I will add that you’ve provided no evidence other than “it feels cleaner to me”). That is great for you if that’s what you care most about. I think most people would prefer the brush with clinical evidence backing it up.
I used my first Sonicare for two years but the rubberized base became moldy and smelly and I needed to replace it. The second I used for 4 years and it became useless when the brush head would not stay on the base during use.
That’s too funny. Literally last night I spoke with Sonicare reps about the motor on mine going bad. My wife and I have used it for Literally 2 years AND 1 MONTH (we got it as a wedding gift so I know pretty specifically the start date). So upon talking to them they basically just shrugged their shoulders and said you’re outta luck, you’re beyond the 2 year warranty. They offered me a 15% off coupon code to use in their online store. Probably the same one that you got. Somewhat worthless since their cheapest models are $169 there and I’m not about to drop that kinda cash on a toothbrush. I don’t hate Sonicare but man that was lame of them.
Furthermore, the model we purchased for testing broke within a week. The battery died and simply refused to be charged again. Contacting Pursonic did nothing, as we never received a replacement or a decent explanation.
As we noted earlier in this guide, brush heads are a matter of personal preference of size, shape, and material. A number of third-party brands make replacement heads for Oral-B toothbrushes that tend to be much cheaper. There are some reports in user reviews that these aftermarket brushes sometimes do not fit or are of a lower quality than branded brushes, and the heads tend to be rated lower. Pay close attention when shopping for brush heads to what is “Oral-B” vs. “Oral-B compatible.”
Oral-B is the #1 dentist and hygienist recommended brand worldwide and is the brand that most dentists use themselves, so you know you’ll get a good clean when you use one of their toothbrushes. This is available in soft or medium varieties, depending on your preferences. The colors in your pack of two toothbrushes will vary. This is an Amazon best seller, has superior online reviews, and some people claim that it works as well as electric toothbrushes. If you need a dependable floss as well, consider the Oral-B Glide Pro-Health Comfort Plus Mint Flavor Floss.
There is no proof that you even need to completely sanitize your toothbrush. So you may skip this step if you want to. If you are a little paranoid and just want to ensure that your toothbrush stays clean then sanitize it in solution about once a week.
We love the Sonicare For Kids Sonic Electric Toothbrush electric toothbrush for taking the fuss out of brushing sessions. With bright colors, stickers, and a compatible phone app, it helps kids stay engaged while they brush. It even managed to make our young tester excited to brush again the next morning. A one-minute timer that gradually increases to two minutes will help your young ones get used to longer brushing periods, and we appreciate that the interactive features mean the brush teaches, rather than forces, better brushing habits. Kids will eventually outgrow it, but for $40 you can lay the groundwork for a future of healthy smiles.
What we’re saying here is that we do think the list above does accurately reflect the comparative effectiveness of each type of replacement brush head. But as to the actual values (multiples of 10X, 7X, etc… over manual brushing), we’re very hesitant to place much faith in what they seem to state.
Via our researcher & Amazon: “Unlike brushes that just vibrate, Oral-B’s clinically proven technology pulsates to break up plaque and oscillates and rotates to sweep plaque away”& “The Vitality series only rotates”.
The ADA (American Dental Association) recommends replacing your toothbrush with a new one every 3-4 months. Personally, I think this is way too long. If you take your time as you brush and if you brush 3 times a day, then the bristles on your toothbrush should be looking pretty haggard at about a months time. Once the bristles get frayed and bent the effectiveness of your toothbrush is drastically lowered. Once your toothbrush isn’t performing as well as it used to, it is time to replace it.
Exactly. Baking soda and peroxide was always part of my dental regimen for over 35 years even with regular dental visits. Now that my insurance doesn’t cover dental, I am glad I stayed with the regimen. Still have all my teeth as well!!
However, you can Bass brush this surface if you use just the tip of your brush rather than try to fit the whole brush head laying on its side in your mouth. Using just the front tip of your Bass brush, wiggle the bristles into the gum line along these few front teeth where it’s difficult to get the whole brush head angled correctly.
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I really like this system- seems to clean my teeth better than other brushes- also like the pause that lets you know you have cleaned one side long enough- this helps in not doing a sloppy job of cleaning. I have tried several other power toothbrushes and this is my favorite. I would say definitely worth the price. And this is an independent review – no samples for me!!
Jump up ^ Boner, B. C., Clarkson, J. E., Dobbyn, L., Khanna, S. (2011). “Slow-release fluoride dental devices for the control of dental decay” (Cochrane Review Abstract). Canadian Journal of Dental Hygiene, 45(1), p.21. doi: 10.1002/14651858.cd005101.pub2.
However, and once again like with the 2 Series, comments we’ve read on large retailer websites seem to suggest that first-time buyers tend to be relatively satisfied with this brush (as compared to using their manual one).
That is exactly what is bad about ALL these brushes but doesn’t get a mention in the review – the built-in obsolescence via the needlessly built-in battery. I guess you have to have some environmental heart to care about that. I guess you also have to live in a typical ex-colony where the cost means something. What Europeans and Americans throw away appals me.
Jump up ^ Cobb CM, Rodgers RL, Killoy WJ (March 1988). “Ultrastructural examination of human periodontal pockets following the use of an oral irrigation device in vivo”. J. Periodontol. 59 (3): 155–63. doi:10.1902/jop.1918.104.22.168. PMID 3162980.
Thanks for your very helpful articles on the Sonicare models. They were really useful for cutting through the fat so to speak. I ended up purchasing the series 3 gum health. Unfortunately I didn’t realize that the user can’t disable smart timer or quadpacer on this model if desired (others with mode button can disable quad pacer). I also didn’t realize that the toothbrush shuts off after two minutes (smarttimer). Not sure if i just missed out on this, or if it needs to be added. Not a huge problem; i may actually need these timers to brush properly for at least two minutes.
Much like other higher end Philips toothbrushes, this model gradually increases the brushing intensity. This allows the user to get used to the brush over time. This feature is especially helpful if you are switching from a manual toothbrush. The first couple of brushes with this Sonicare model felt like tickling. I was not sure if I was doing enough, and yet my teeth felt really polished.
With any manual toothbrush, there’re places in between the teeth that are difficult to reach. That can leave plaque and lead to cavities. However, DiamondClean provides double cleaning power to that of a manual toothbrush. This results in more plaque removal in the hardest to reach areas.