My dentist would be proud: Reviewing Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart electric toothbrush
Polish those pearlies
The proper way to brush your teeth is at a 45-degree angle against the gumline and using gentle, short circular strokes for two minutes. What actually happens: I scrub the hell out of my poor pearlies in every direction for about a minute — or less, if I'm rushing in the morning or too tired by the end of the day. Then I feel attacked when my dentist asked if I've been paying good attention to my oral health. Hey, I brush twice a day! (Ok, fine, on most days.)
Nothing changes if nothing changes. Sure, I'd vow to clean my gnashers more mindfully after sitting in the dentist's chair, but life would get in the way and, before long, I'll be brushing as I've always done because, you know, old habits die hard. That is until I got my hands on Phillip's Sonicare DiamondClean Smart electric toothbrush, which has since set my brushing straight — and for good. Here's why I think everyone absolutely needs one.
Good oral health makes you more attractive
A local study done by Philips has found that 84% believe that the whiter your teeth are, the more attractive people think you are. The study also found that more than half (60%) think that the harder you brush your teeth, the more plaque is removed (Ha, not just me, then!). 88% agree that oral health is an indicator of a person's overall health.
It'll help you brush smarter
If you've never used an electric toothbrush, the Phillip's Sonicare DiamondClean Smart will blow your mind, as it did, for me. It comes with four brush heads — one for plaque removal, one for whitening, one for gum care, and a tongue brush. The intelligent handle can tell which head you have on and changes its settings automatically. But you can, of course, adjust the intensity and switch to a different mode if you prefer to take matters into your own hands. There are five: clean for daily cleaning, white+ for removing stains, deep clean, gum health, and tongue care.
Whichever mode you choose, you'll get a thorough clean every time you brush — it powers 62,000 movements (!) per minute to drive fluid between teeth and along the gum line for a deep scrub, effectively flushing out any food remains without hurting your gums. Blood streaks and pink-tinged toothpaste in the sink were common for me before, but these sightings had stopped since the Sonicare had made its way to my bathroom vanity. There's also an app which you can use to get real-time guidance (like how much time you need to spend on each section of your teeth), track brushing habits, and chart problem areas. Its smart sensors even alerts you, through notifications on the app and light-ups on the handle, when you're putting too much pressure or moving too fast.
The design is also pretty damn brilliant
My first thought when I unboxed the Sonicare: how do I charge this thing? There was no charging dock, it seemed, then I realised the glass cup, which fits right on top of a wired, metallic base, is where to place your device when it runs out of juice. You don't even need to be precise how you drop the handle into the cup to get it recharged. The battery life is impressively long: I've been using it twice a day for about two weeks now and it hasn't died on me yet. Plus, I'm all for stylish functionality, and this electric toothbrush has it down pat — from its sleek handle and its elegantly discreet charging cup to its black travel charging case.
Admittedly, I went back to my old toothbrush a couple of times in the two weeks because I couldn't be fussed to use the app and I didn't want to be intentional about my brushing (like ‘I'm tired please don't tell me what to do'). But I could feel the difference when I don't. My teeth, despite my best efforts with a non-electric, didn't feel as slippery clean as I would like it to be. Some 14 days in with the Sonicare, my teeth have also become far less sensitive, my gums are spared from my aggressive moves, and my pearlies are a tad whiter. Yes, it's pricey — the DiamondClean Smart is Phillips' most expensive electric toothbrush — but I'm sure every dentist will agree it's a worthy investment for your oral health.
Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart retails at S$399 at leading electronics stores, major department stores and selected authorised dealers. Visit Philips Sonicare's website for more information.