What Are the Benefits of a Sonic Toothbrush?

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What Are the Benefits of a Sonic Toothbrush?

The Sonic toothbrush is a brand of toothbrush that uses sonic technology to clean and eliminate tartar from teeth. Its bristles rotate at high-velocity speeds to clean the mouth and gums. The Sonic toothbrush is part of the Sonicare line of toothbrushes available at retailers worldwide.


One of the main benefits of using the sonic toothbrush is how well it cleans. Unlike manual style brushes, the bristles on the head spin independently rather than the entire head spinning like battery-rotating brushes. The result is a high-powered cleaning much like the kind dentists and hygienists use. Using the Sonic toothbrush reduces gingivitis, plaque build-up and removes food from in between teeth. The Sonic also reduces the bacteria in the mouth and leads to having fresher breath.

Types of Brushes

There are several types of brushes in the Sonicare line: The Flex Care, Healthy White, Elite, Essence and Xtreme. The Flex Care is a light brush that offers a variety of speeds and vibrations. The Healthy White also has a variety of speeds but also has a whitening mode option built right into the brush. The Elite and Essence are more classic designs that come with optional brush head sizes and speed controls. The Xtreme offers a bright coloured handle for teens and kids.


The Sonic brush line comes with brush replacement heads--in sets of two--to replace worn-out brushes, a UV cleaner that cleans the brush using UV light to keep the brush sanitary and in good working order, and plastic or cloth travel cases for those on the go.


The Sonic toothbrush doesn't run off of an alkaline battery but is completely rechargeable, and the batteries can withstand up to 50 uses before having to be charged. Also, the Sonic brush uses a minimal amount of water. It holds toothpaste until it's completely dissolved and saturated into the teeth so cleaning the brush does not require water except to remove excess paste. It does, however, need the UV cleaner to remain sanitised.


It takes a while to get used to the vibrating bristles and they can affect sensitive mouths during the first few uses. Some describe the sensation as a tingle or slight tickle on the tongue and teeth. Some people have reported developing headaches after using the Sonicare brush. It is recommended that this brush not be cleaned with soap and water or bleach. A UV cleaner case (purchased separately with most models) is required for cleaning and sanitising. The downfall is its price---around £65.

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