We Tested: Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected



 

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I never thought I would use a smart toothbrush, or that I would like it. As an avid user of battery-powered toothbrushes, I simply didn’t see the need for it. I would use one for about six months, throw it away and buy a new one and never thought much of it.

But then I started thinking about all those times I would rush through my mornings, and all those nights when I would crash in the bedroom before having a chance to take my makeup off or even brush my teeth. Sometimes I would see my co-workers in the bathroom after lunch brushing their teeth, and I would think they were crazy.

Since I started using my smart toothbrush, the Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected there have been no shortcuts if you’ve done a bad cleaning job. There’s just no way to justify doing it poorly when the brush’s sensors track your technique and tell you when you aren’t doing it right, thanks to the Philips app. Accountability is essential, and it has really left me wanting to improve each time I brush.

As somebody who struggles with gum sensitivity and is at risk for gingivitis, I’ve always known how critical prevention is. Even before I started using the Sonicare, my dental hygienist recommended it to me! She had just given me a deep cleaning, and already knew of my gum issues. It’s also the toothbrush that she uses at home and recommends to her other patients. And let me tell you, when you’re done with this toothbrush, it feels like you’ve just walked out of a dentist’s office. If this is a product that dentists are recommending, then that’s a glowing endorsement.

There are three brush modes to choose from, which remove surface stains, whiten teeth and improve gum health. You can also choose the vibration intensity – low, medium or high. So far, I’ve worked my way up to a medium but I feel like high is a bit too much for me right now. It takes time to adjust because the strokes are so powerful, but you’ll feel it after one brush that this isn’t like an ordinary electric toothbrush.

With Bluetooth wireless technology that tracks tooth brushing using 3 built in sensors which measure brushing location, brushing pressure, and brushing technique – taking the guesswork out of brushing.

The app is free to download on an Apple or Android device, and the app itself is easy to navigate. It incorporates Bluetooth technology, so it actually knows if you’ve made progress or not. You can also set goals, keep track of dental appointments and order new Philips brush heads. Each brush head lasts approximately 200 brushes, or three months of continuous usage. 

I’ve been using the brush for about a month and I’ve yet to recharge the battery, so stay tuned!

Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected, $199 in pharmacies and some major retailers.

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