It’s unanimous - dentists recommend using an electronic toothbrush over a manual one. And they agree that a Sonicare toothbrush is the way to go. We found out why they recommend it over all others.
The Sonicare brush heads
Seattle-area Dental Hygienist Cindy Sawyer says she prefers the Sonicare. She says she’s “tried the Oral-B and the cheaper battery operated ones, and they do not work as well as the Sonicare.”
According to Sawyer, Sonicare has multiple sizes of heads to choose from, which provides a closer cleaning.
“A lot of people don’t know. They think a bigger toothbrush head is better, but a smaller head is actually better because you can reach in the back of your teeth,” she explains.
Minnesota Dentist and Sustaining Member of the AACD Dr. Kellee Kattleman Stanton says sometimes regular spin brushes don’t have soft enough bristles, which can be hard on your gums and aggressive on your teeth. Stanton says “with the sonic technology you actually use very light pressure.”
Everyone we spoke with raved about one very distinguishable feature about Sonicare: the timer. Dentists recommend brushing your teeth for two minutes, but most people aren’t aware how long that actually is when they’re brushing. Sawyer says most people don’t brush long enough, and the Sonicare “forces you to brush longer.”
Beverly Hills Dentist Dr. Bill Dorfman says an investment in a Sonicare will absolutely provide better results than a less expensive option. He says one of the biggest perks is the five brushing modes.
He explains, “You have your standard cleaning mode, one for just removing stains [...], a polishing mode, a gum care mode that stimulates the gums a little more and then theres a sensitive mode for people who have really sensitive teeth.”
Viewpoints reviewer feedback: Philips Sonicare FlexCare R910
With more than 500 reviews, the Phillips Sonicare FlexCare R910 ranks 92/100 on Viewpoints:
“I have had this toothbrush less than one week and have already received comments about my teeth. My teeth are whiter, cleaner and brighter. I also experienced no gum bleeding or pain with this brush, whereas I had with other sonic brushes in the past.” –LauriCrowe, Reviewer since 2011
“My favorite part about this product is the toothbrush sanitizer that comes with it. I love that I can take this with me while traveling in the carrying case that comes with it and also that it comes with multiple heads family members that are color coded for telling the difference.” –DeniseLogan, Reviewer since 2010
“Our teeth are whiter and healthier than they ever were with other electric toothbrushes and this is one item that is definitely worth the money.” –tavera, Reviewer since 2010
The Phillips Sonicare FlexCare R910 toothbrush has more positive reviewer feedback than any other model on Viewpoints. Check out the reviews of all Sonicare products here
The Bottom Line
A Sonicare toothbrush costs more (about $100), but it will last you a very long time, so buy one you plan to use for years. Dentists and dental hygienists can see a difference in the quality of toothbrush you use. If you are able to invest in one, experts say it will greatly improve your long-term oral health.
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