So, you see a Bluetooth toothbrush. You ask why, which is normal. A toothbrush really doesn’t seem like a thing that needs to be connected to anything other than your hand and your teeth. But deep down, you know. You know why, and it shames you to think of it. You fear the connectivity, because it might tell you how awful you are at doing a basic life task you’ve been doing since childhood. This is the future — no, the present — that Philips has wrought. The ache is dull, not unlike that of a cavity.
So yeah, it’s another Bluetooth toothbrush. Same deal as usual with the Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected, we’re looking at an electric toothbrush with a companion app. Bluetooth or no, Philips is in the business of making some pretty excellent electric toothbrushes, so we know we’ll be covered there. This particular one has an AdaptiveClean brush head with rubberized sides and outer bristles for the gums, along with three intensity levels you can choose from. According to Philips, the FlexCare Platinum Connected can knock off 10 times as much plaque as a non-electric.
But, we’re here for the Bluetooth, so let’s get to it. Most of the benefits come from the companion Sonicare app, which has more features than you might imagine. The marquee one is the Mouth Map, which uses sensors in the toothbrush to reveal where you’re brushing too much, where you’re brushing too little, and where you’re just flat out missing. It’s basically the app saying, “you missed a spot.” There are also scrubbing and pressure sensors that can alert you if you’re brushing too hard on your gums or teeth, to avoid long-term damage. Meanwhile, the timer will let you know when you’ve brushed for the dentist-recommended two minutes.
The Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected toothbrush can be found online through Philips or at some retailers for $200. The Sonicare app is available for iOS and Android.