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I came home from CES with a bluetooth connected toothbrush, the Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected toothbrush (say that three times fast!), and I wasn’t quite sure what to think about that. Bluetooth connectivity for household appliances and objects seems to the be the new black: it supposedly works for everything. But some of the products make me roll my eyes. I mean, do I really need my hairbrush to be connected to an app?
I wasn’t just new to bluetooth connected toothbrushes, I was new to electric toothbrushes. So I read through the Quick Start guide and dove in. I downloaded the Philips Sonicare app (available for Android and iOS) and it led me through some questions about what I want to focus on. There are fresh breath goals, gum health goals, and more. Or you can design your own goal! You can map out focus areas where you have plaque buildup, areas that bleed, gum recession, or other issues.
Or, you can do none of those things and just start brushing. It’s totally up to you.
There are three modes for this toothbrush:
- Clean Mode is the normal mode for getting your teeth clean.
- Deep Clean Mode is a more invigorating, massaging action.
- White Mode gives you an extra 40 seconds at the end to polish the front of your teeth.
You can also change the intensity level of the brush right on the handle. But since I was new to Sonicare, I opted to turn on the Easy Start feature, which starts the brush out at a lower intensity and increases it gradually over two weeks.
I popped one of the two included brush heads onto the handle, connected the brush to the app (they found each other right away) and started brushing!
For the first few days my lips were really sensitive to the vibration of the brush, but that went away. My teeth and gums were never irritated. In fact, I was amazed just how great my mouth felt after the first brushing! It felt like I’d just used mouthwash, even though I hadn’t. Part of it is the time I’m spending. I don’t think I’ve ever brushed my teeth for two minutes in my life. I’d guess a minute was more the norm.
But the other part is just how the brush moves. I had to get used to not scrubbing my teeth. If I moved the brush too fast the app told me to use less motion. And if I pressed too hard on my teeth, the brush vibrated and beeped to let me know I needed to lighten up. The brush head vibrates at 31,000 strokes per minute, so really you just need to glide it over your teeth and let it do the work.
Between the app and the brush itself, I’m guided every time on how to get my mouth clean without missing any spots. The app divides my mouth into six sections, and the brush beeps every twenty seconds to let me know it’s time to move to a new section. As I brush an area that area gets whiter on the app.
In two of the modes (not White Mode), when the two minutes are over if I haven’t cleaned all of the areas well enough I can turn the brush back on and do a touch up. When I’m done the app asks me if I’ve flossed, used mouth wash, and cleaned my tongue (you can turn those reminders off in the settings).
And then I can see in detail how I did with everything! I can share my progress with my dentist if I want. The app even keeps track of how much you’ve used a brush head, so that you can replace it at the right time.
The Flexcare Platinum Connected comes with some great accessories. The charging station has a UV sanitizer. And you get a travel case and travel charger, although with up to 19 days of battery life, I wouldn’t even need the charger for most trips. In fact, I don’t even keep the charger in my bathroom, because I have zero counter space. I haven’t had to charge the toothbrush yet, and I pop the head into the UV sanitizer every few days.
I really wish I’d tried a Sonicare brush sooner. After using it for a week I want to apologize to my teeth for neglecting them for more than forty years! This brush is really amazing, and the app is helping me focus on my teeth like I never have before.