A few weeks ago I was given a Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum toothbrush to test drive and review. Off the top I have to say the thing is pretty impressive. Most of my life I have used a good old fashioned manual toothbrush, and once I owned a electric toothbrush. And by electric I mean the kind that vibrates a little but has no ability to be charged and you can’t change the battery.
So needless to say my new Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum is the most high tech teeth cleaning device I have ever used without direct dentist supervision. Not that I would need any supervision to use it. It’s pretty easy to use.
The Philips Sonicare is packed with features like; Interchangeable brushes, a UV light that kills 99% of germs, 5 different cleaning modes, and a rechargeable battery that lasts for around 3 weeks and a lot more. Like I said it is the most high tech teeth cleaning device I have ever used.
But all the high techiness isn’t the question you wonder about when you decide to get a new toothbrush. You want to know about function. You want to know if it will in short, work. The Philips Sonicare comes with some detailed instructions on how to optimally use your brush. Basicly over the course of a 2 minute brushing you will hear and feel a change of vibration that is instructing you to brush different teeth. You are supposed to think of your teeth in different sections; top front, top back, top….um top (you know the part of your teeth that does all the chewing), bottom front, bottom back, bottom top. Start with one and each time the indicator goes off change to another one. When the Philips Sonicare shuts off you know that you are done.
That is the correct way to use you Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum. I tried to follow the instructions perfectly for my first few days using it. But I am so used to just brushing that I found it difficult to do so. So after I realized I was doing a lousy job at following the prompts of my Sonicare I decided I would ignore them and see what the non-optimal results would look like.
Because lets be honest who really likes being bossed around by our electronic devices even when they are right? I don’t press the popcorn button on my microwave, I don’t set the timer on my stove, and I apparently can’t listen to the promptings of my high tech Sonicare. I suspect I am not alone.
After two weeks of using my Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum non-optimally I am incredibly impressed. My teeth constantly feel like I just had them cleaned by the dental hygienist. And as a mostly reformed poor dental hygiene guy, and a fairly dedicated coffee drinker I can’t get over how much whiter my teeth are starting to look. The Sonicare is removing stains that I forgot were stains, I just thought they were the way my teeth looked now.
With these non-optimal results I have to tell you I am seriously considering reforming my policy of not being bossed around by an electronic. After only two weeks I am considering booking my dental check up earily. I want to hear the heaps of praise I will finally get from my dental hygienist and dentist.