Sonicare Toothbrush FAQ

Updated April 17, 2017

Since your overall health can be affected by your dental health, it is critical to make sure you take care of your teeth and gums as best you can. The Sonicare toothbrush can help you do that. Here are some frequently asked questions and answers regarding the Sonicare toothbrush.

Does a Sonicare toothbrush really make a difference over a regular toothbrush?

Yes. The creator of the Sonic Care toothbrush--Philips--designed the product to reduce gingivitis, promote overall gum health and remove more plaque than normal toothbrushes. There are nearly 150 abstracts that describe studies conducted by more than 40 universities all over the world about the cleaning power of the Sonicare toothbrush. It is also the top-rated power toothbrush brand by dentists.

Can children use the Sonic Care toothbrush safely?

While the Sonic Care toothbrush is not specifically designed for children, kids can use it with some supervision. According to a chat with a customer service representative at Sonicare, the power toothbrush is not recommended for children younger than five because the gums and teeth of younger children are more sensitive.

How long do I have to charge the battery on my Sonicare toothbrush?

When you first purchase your Sonicare toothbrush, you should charge the battery for at least 24 hours before using it. This ensures a full charge. You should also place the toothbrush on the charger whenever you are not using it to make sure the battery stays charged. If you forget to keep it on the charger, however, the Sonicare toothbrush battery can last for about two weeks on a full charge.

Why does my Sonicare toothbrush shut off after two minutes?

Dentists recommend that you brush your teeth no longer than two minutes at a time. Philips had this in mind when they designed the Sonicare toothbrush. After you have been brushing for two minutes, your Sonicare toothbrush automatically turns off. It even keeps track of your timing if you pause during your brushing time to apply more toothpaste. You can always restart the timer by simply turning the power off and back on if you would like to keep brushing after the recommended two minutes. The timer automatically resets when you place the toothbrush in the charger to ensure you get a full brushing cycle the next time you brush your teeth.

Why do I feel a tingling sensation after using the Sonicare toothbrush?

The Sonicare toothbrush offers a new experience to those who have used manual toothbrushes all their life. Sonicare has a different way of cleaning your teeth and first-time users often report feeling a clean, tingling sensation after using the Sonicare toothbrush. The company also offers the Easy-Start feature on their toothbrushes to introduce the toothbrush's power over a period of time instead of all at once.

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