Dental Care

Sonicare Electric Toothbrushes

Sonicare electric toothbrushes utilize a technology that's been put front and center in the Philips line of personal grooming products. 

Philips knows that the individual who is particular about his personal hygiene cannot be satisfied unless his mouth feels as clean and fresh as his clothes, hair, and skin. 

Think about why this extreme of freshness is so difficult to achieve:  You put your mouth through some grueling paces during the course of an ordinary day. 

It's true that you start off well intentioned with your regular brush and floss.  You always have time for that floss, right? And then you finish it off with a mouth rinse of some kind.  You do that, too, don't you?

But when you consider that you only visit the dentist twice a year, your mouth accumulates a lot of dirt and germs, then plaque, and ultimately tartar and stains.

That's the result of six months' worth of business deals and lunches, shopping, ruminating and resting, and chasing your kids. 

Don't forget your commute time, exercise and hobby time, and the time when you love and laugh with your family and friends. 

Throughout all this you chew all types of food, pour coffee against your teeth, maybe sip at a daily cocktail or two, and draw nicotine-laden smoke into your mouth if you're a smoker (horrors!).

Your teeth and gums withstand a lot of abuse, and the only way to keep them at the top level of freshness is to utilize a Philips Sonicare electric toothbrush as part of your daily regimen. 

Nothing can beat the blasts of Sonicare electric toothbrushes water jet-streaming into the deepest recesses of your mouth and the tightest crevices of your teeth. You love to experience that feeling of being absolutely, totally, confidently clean. 

You do it on an everyday basis, twice a day, and you eventually reach the point where there's no other way to brush.

If you haven't reached this pinnacle of freshness yet, you're about to learn of another advantage offered by the Philips Sonicare toothbrush.

An option that most people haven't even considered is the availability of an ultraviolet (UV) sanitizer.  Sonicare electric toothbrushes offer one version of the sanitizer that's built into the charger stand, and there's another model that's marketed as a freestanding unit. 

It works when you place your toothbrush head into the sanitizing compartment and simply push a button.  Philips knew that consumers were worrying about how to eliminate the buildup of germs, and the company responded with this amazing unit.

You can use the Sonicare electric toothbrushes sanitizing unit if you have a ProResults toothbrush, an Oral-B Flexisoft, an Oral-B FlossAction, or something in the Sonicare e-series. 

How does it work? 

The Sonicare UV Sanitizer utilizes a specially designed UV bulb that runs for a ten-minute cycle.  At the end of that time, your toothbrush is 99% free of viruses and germs such as the Herpes simplex virus, bacterial E. coli (Escherichia) and S. mutans (staphylococcus). 

Take note, here, because the Staph mutans germ is especially well known for causing tooth decay. 

The Sonicare electric toothbrushes sanitizer is small and rests easily on your bathroom sink; it's styled to look neutral and modern.  You open a little door, and you'll see a post standing upright in the interior. 

You simply attach your brush head holder to the center post, and you can hang the brush heads over the corresponding holders.  If you're using the Sonicare electric toothbrushes e-series, you don't need a holder. 

It's important to note that Philips calls this product a sanitizer -not a sterilizer.  What's the difference?  A sanitizer does reduce the number of microorganisms that love to call your toothbrush home.  

A sanitizer cannot, however, be expected to kill (or sterilize) all of them.  There is still that small percentage of germs coming at you -but admittedly fewer of them.

Why did Philips make this kind of technology available to the general public?  

People love technology, and killing germs that might become resistant to bacteria in this day and age makes great sense.  

But you're smart enough to know that although most of these tiny germs and viruses exist in plentiful quantities on the skin or in the mouth at any given time, few of them break the skin barrier and enter your system.   

You don't spend any appreciable time confined to bed because of them. There is no evidence that you are about to experience any specific health problems without the Sonicare electric toothbrushes sanitizer.

Using some common sense takes you a long way:  Remember that you are supposed to rinse your toothbrush thoroughly after each use.  Allow it to dry completely before you use it again.  In fact, using a toothbrush that's still wet from its last use is a good way to increase your exposure to those bacteria. 

That's why having a spare brush head makes sense.  Don't store it where it will come in contact with someone else's toothbrush.  And never, ever -do we really need to say this?- let anyone else use it!

Our recommendation, therefore, is to invest in Sonicare electric toothbrushes technology -almost as an absolute necessity.  But buy the sanitizing unit only if you can really afford it.


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