The toothbrush is that piece of technology in our bathrooms that we use everyday and is probably the most overlooked. Sometimes it’s hard to think of such a staple in our lives as a piece of innovation or technology considering how common it is and how long it’s been around.
From twigs and leaves to chewing sticks to the first toothbrush as we know it and then to the electric ones, there’s been so much innovation that’s gone into that brush that plays such a vital role in our daily personal hygiene.
While I’ve tried out electric toothbrushes before, I’ve always fallen back to the manual ones. This has always been for the same couple of factors – cost, value for money and if I really needed it.
After trying out the Philips DiamondClean Smart Electric Toothbrush, I was pretty impressed. Right out of the box, it doesn’t look like an ordinary electric toothbrush. The design and colour are extremely stylish and can easily be the showpiece of your bathroom.
The tooth brush comes with four brush heads – the Premium Plaque Control, Premium Gum Car, Premium White and TongueCare+ tongue brush.
Also included is the “charging stand”, which isn’t really a stand rather than a powered glass that you place the smart toothbrush in.
Alternatively, you can also use the USB powered travel case to charge the brush and store two brush-heads of your choice.
The Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart Electric Toothbrush is the one piece of tech that might never have thought you needed.
Philips states that the Sonicare’s delivers 62,000 brush movements per minute. That does seem like an extraordinarily unnecessary number to get teeth clean. I have to say though, I could feel the clean after the first brush and there is no doubt that it works better than my manual brushing.
The Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart Electric Toothbrush takes it a step further with smart sensor technology to provide actionable insights when paired with your smartphone via Bluetooth by informing you of areas that require extra attention.
You would think that after years of brushing, I’d have this down perfectly – apparently not. At every brush session the sensor detected that I’d tend to not give certain sections enough attention as they would typically require. The sensor also alerts you when you’re pushing too hard on your gums.
When you start brushing, you will see timer on your screen – the recommended time is 2 minutes, as well as a mouth map. The map is split into six areas, and the app coaches you on which areas to focus on, and for how long.
You get this coaching real-time as the brush has a smart location sensor which allows it to reconcile the information its provided you with the actual movements you’re making. Move your brush away too quick and it’ll let you know. Press too hard on your gums and it’ll alert you via a ring of light on the brush.
There are four brush modes that you can choose for your needs when brushing – the basic clean, whitening, gum health, a deep clean and for cleaning your tongue.
While the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart Electric Toothbrush checks most boxes, it is a pricey investment – especially when comparing with manual brushes. The initial set will cost you about SGD 399 and of course there is the brush-head replacement cost down the line – a pack of three brush-heads will cost you close to SGD 60.
The Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart Electric Toothbrush is a great gadget and piece of technology that can help to take your personal and oral hygiene to the next level. The cost of entry might be high, but for some, it might be a price they’re willing to pay for health.