Why you will never buy one of these again and the best toothbrush to use instead (with a holder!)
The best toothbrush you will ever buy
Let me begin with saying that yes, I do brush my teeth. And I’m going to be really honest here. My teeth feel cleaner than they have ever felt. (And yes, even cleaner than the times I’m walking out the door of the dentist’s office. They always leave that gritty stuff in my mouth. Yuck.)
I am that person that has never really had a very good track record with the dentist. Should you go? Yes, definitely. Do I go as often as I should? Umm, no.
My story is that somewhere in my childhood I got off track with the dentist and have never really gained their trust back fully. Dentists are like car guys to me. How do I know they’re not upselling me on some work that I don’t need? And how do I know if they are doing a good job?? So, that leads me to some distrust. And the distrust leads to missing appointments. And that leads to dirty teeth with lots of plaque.
But not any more!
Ditch your old toothbrush for something better
Yes! I have managed to ditch the ol’ toothbrush and keep the plaque away.
If you’re anything like me and have a reservation about the dentist, this is the tool you need to keep your teeth in check until the next time you go to the dentist.
Let me say that this post is not sponsored or endorsed or reviewed by or having anything to do with Panasonic or Sonicare. I just love my toothbrush. (I feel like that should be a Veggietales song??)
The best toothbrush we ever bought
About 10 years ago, we were on a crazy tight budget. I mean, squeezing out pennies to pay for groceries and skipping luxuries like cable tv.
But my mom recommended we buy a really expensive toothbrush. And so, we did. (The voice of Dave Ramsey in my head wants me to be sure to tell you we saved for it and didn’t put it on a credit card.)
An Honest Philips Sonicare toothbrush Review
That toothbrush was one of the best purchases we made.
This is the updated version to the toothbrush we bought.
It took about two days of brushing with this little puppy to get the better-than-dentist clean feeling of pearly whites. The plaque was basically gone from our teeth.
Not long after we bought the toothbrush, I had a dentist appointment. I couldn’t wait to hear what the hygienist said about how clean my teeth were.
Let me give you the backstory that they usually pump me full of local anesthetic to clean my teeth. I don’t know why? But they do. Either I’m sensitive (pssshhh) or my teeth love holding on to plaque??
But the visit after I got my Sonicare toothbrush, she was finished cleaning in no time flat. And she said my teeth looked really good (I made sure to ask).
Once you’ve tried a Sonicare, you’ll never go back to a regular toothbrush.
Unless of course, you’re buying old school toothbrushes to clean with. But then, you could just use the freebies your dentist gives you like I do.
Sonicare Toothbrush Review & FAQs
In case you’re wondering about these things (from someone who wasn’t given one for free), I put together a list of questions I wish someone would have answered before we bought ours.
Do the toothbrush heads cost a lot?
I find them for about $5 per head for the name brand marked down at the grocery store, at warehouse clubs, or at Amazon regularly. Plus there are some off-brands making brush heads now for around $1 a piece, so there’s a steal for you. So, I would say that’s about the same price as a regular toothbrush for the name brand and even less for the off-brand (unless you buy the kind that I am pretty sure are made for shoe polishing).
How long does the battery last?
My husband and I both use our toothbrush and it needs charged about once a week. He puts it on the charger in the morning and it’s ready for another week by the time we brush our teeth at night.
Do the batteries wear out over time?
Not at all. We’ve had ours for 10 years with no obvious decline in our battery life. We’ve found Philips to be an exceptional brand after lots of searching for other small appliance items, and every single one of those batteries has outlasted the competition by years also.
Is it tough on your gums?
You would think the crazy fast brushing would be hard on your gumline, but ours is just fine. I don’t remember an adjustment period in the beginning. I have seen soft and compact brush heads if this is a concern for you, though. Also, our toothbrush has a “gum” setting on it. We don’t use that setting, but it’s an option if you’re into gum health.
If you had to buy it again, which model would you buy?
We bought the super deluxe version available when we bought ours. I don’t regret it one bit, but if I was buying it again, I would look for a more basic one with 2 toothbrushes (if you’re married) and a travel case.
But if you shop like us and want to give the super deluxe version a go, this one looks amazing and has a sleek glass toothbrush holder that charges your toothbrush, too. That you could drink out of. Genius. (UPDATE: I actually got one like this for Christmas last year and absolutely loooove the updates. The charging case is worth every bit!).
If you have more questions about the Sonicare, drop them below and I’ll answer them. 😀
If you want to know about something else I’m never buying again, it’s Mr. Clean Magic Erasers. Check out this post to find out why.