how to use a sonicare

The Philips patented Sonicare Toothbrush has been designed to help you brush your teeth without exerting too much effort. The best Sonicare toothbrushes also come with different cleaning modes such as clean, white, polish gum health, sensitive, and deep clean.

They belong to the category of high-powered electric models first developed around the 1980s. Generally, Sonicare toothbrushes from Philips vibrate at between 30,000 and 40,000 strokes per minute.

Different Sonicare Models


Sonicare has different models to ensure you get the one that’s perfect for your needs. Some of the models include, but not limited to the following:

Sonicare Essence

The Essence is the original model of Sonicare by Philips. Compared to other models, it’s less expensive. The vibrating tuning fork of the Sonicare Essence comes as an integral component of the toothbrush’s replaceable head.

Sonicare Series 2 & 3

Series 2 and 3 models are updates to the original Sonicare Essence design and are quite similar. Because the tuning fork of the Series 2 & 3 is placed inside the toothbrush handle, so it’s much easier to clean. The Series 3, however, has several extra features such as longer battery life and different intensity settings.

Sonicare HealthyWhite & Sonicare Diamond Clean

Using Sonicare Series 2 technology, the Sonicare HealthyWhite is equipped with Bluetooth connection. This is helpful if you want to use your Smartphone in tracking your brushing habits. The Sonicare Diamond Clean is Sonicare’s “professional” model, also similar to the Series 2, but with in-built charger, a higher quality “diamond head”, and a fancier package.

Sonicare For Kids

The Sonicare for Kids connects to a mobile device via wireless Bluetooth® technology. This helps your kids to interact with the coaching app as they brush their teeth. The handle is designed to inform the app of how long your child is brushing his or her teeth.

Sonicare Vs Manual Toothbrush

Compared to manual toothbrushes, electric toothbrushes like Sonicare can do a better job and make brushing your teeth easier. In particular, the Sonicare toothbrush rotates even faster than the regular electric toothbrush. It creates vibrations that make it even more effective when it comes to removing plaque and food debris.

For those with gum recession and sensitive gums or those people who brush hard, the Sonicare is safer on your teeth and gums than manual toothbrushes (or even other electric toothbrushes).

Using A Sonicare Toothbrush

To get the best results when using a Sonicare toothbrush, follow these instructions:

  • Wet the bristles.
  • Place the bristles at an angle against the teeth and power up.
  • Apply some light pressure to allow the brush to begin the brushing for you.
  • Gently and slowly brush the head across teeth in back and forth motions, ensuring the longer bristles are reaching between the teeth.
  • After doing the outside top teeth, proceed to inside top teeth, then the outside bottom teeth, and finish with inside bottom teeth. Allow 30 seconds for each section.
  • Lastly, brush the chewing surfaces and your tongue, or anywhere else that might have dental stains.

Some Sonicare models come equipped with a Quadpacer feature which can help in dividing your mouth into 4 sections for easier brushing. When applying pressure, don’t push too hard or apply too much pressure. The Quadpacer is designed to vibrate intermittently telling when to move to the next section of your teeth.


Author: Peter Mayhew

Peter is a dental hygienist in the city of Chicago, IL. In his free time he likes to write blogs and product reviews on anything dental health related.