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How does a Philips Sonicare toothbrush work?

Updated: Jun 21, 2022

We all know that electrical toothbrushes are better for our oral health than a manual brush, but how do you decide which electric brush is the best for you?

This really comes down to personal preference, and recommendation from your dentist. We here at CTL Dental all use the Philips Sonicare range, and that is what we recommend… But why do we choose these over others available?


What is Sonicare technology?

First introduced in 1992, Philips patented Sonicare technology means that rather than oscillating or rotating like other electric toothbrushes, the Sonicare brush vibrates at a speed of 31,000 times a minute, faster than the speed of sound, which is also why the brush is so quiet, hence the name too!


photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/electricteeth/51137942704

How does it work?

With such high level of vibration, the Sonicare toothbrush can clean areas of your teeth that the bristles don’t touch. The intense vibrational speed of the brush’s sonically oscillating bristles agitates the fluid (water, saliva) that surrounds the user’s teeth, to the degree that they’re able to disrupt dental plaque. Combined with mechanical scrubbing (that all toothbrushes provide), the sonic movement drives fluid between the teeth and along the gumline, leaving your teeth squeaky clean.

You will achieve two weeks’ worth of manual brushing in just two minutes using a Sonicare toothbrush, what’s not to love!


If you would like further information, contact our practice on 01748 850607, or ask a member of our team next time you are in the practice.

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