23 Mar Panasonic EW-DE92
Panasonic EW-DE92 Sonic with Ionic Current
As I was standing in the bathroom the other day contemplating how much of a chore brushing my teeth can be, I started to think about a topic that’s been on my mind for a while – taking the plunge and getting an electric toothbrush. These little babies can really change the way you look at oral hygiene, from everything I’m reading. It’s mind-boggling, the amount of choice there is out there. I mean I’ve always noticed a couple of different brands of electric toothbrush on the shelves of the local drug store, but as it turns out that’s just the tip of the iceberg. I always like to do my homework when I’m considering buying something new, and when I did this I found that there are literally hundreds of different electric toothbrushes to choose from.
One of the higher-end models I came across was the Panasonic EW-DE92 Sonic Vibration electric toothbrush. This is one impressive little brush, but it’s also got an impressive price tag. I don’t mind spending money on something that’s worth it, but I’m not one to rush into a purchase like this without taking a closer look.
One thing that really had me curious when I came across this brush was that the manufacturer claims to use ionic currents to give you a deeper clean. I’ll be honest, I had no idea what on earth ionic currents were when it comes to toothbrushes. It turns out that the Ionic current helps to loosen plaque more effectively than would be possible with a manual toothbrush. What that means is you end up with whiter teeth and your family will be more impressed with your smile. When you’ve visited the dentist you’ve probably come away with that tingly feeling in your mouth; that’s what you can expect when using this brush with Ionic current technology.
No More Gimmicks to Track Your Brushing Time
When I was a kid my mom used to tell me to sing the Happy Birthday Song to myself about three or four times while I was brushing my teeth. The idea was that by the time I finished my numerous renditions of Happy Birthday I would’ve spent the required amount of time brushing my teeth. The only problem was, I tended to lose track of how many times I’d sung the song and probably cut it short more often than not.
The Panasonic EW-DE92 comes with a built-in timer that pauses once every 30 seconds to indicate that you should move on from the quadrant you’re brushing (dentists like to divide your mouth into four quadrants) to the next quadrant, and it pauses twice after two minutes of brushing to indicate that it’s time to stop. This is a good thing, because at this time in my life I’m not all that interested in singing the birthday song while brushing my teeth. Having a timer that tells me when I’ve brushed my teeth for the right amount of time is a much more efficient method than my mom’s.
Soften the Impact
The first time you brush your teeth with an electric toothbrush it’s quite an odd feeling that takes a little getting used to – after about a week, though, it will become second nature. This toothbrush also has a soft start function which sort of gets you used to the sensation while the machine is warming up. This lasts for about two or three seconds before the brush kicks into high gear.
The other great feature that Panasonic has included to make you more comfortable with using this brush is an adjustable mode function. There are four different modes that come with this brush, including a whitening mode, a soft mode, a sensitive teeth mode, and a gum care mode. After all, we’re all individuals with different needs. I myself have sensitive teeth so I was particularly interested in that option, but that might not be of any use to you. It also comes with two additional heads – one for gum care and one with a more pointed edge for reaching the harder areas.
Perfect Travel Companion
Some electric toothbrushes are notorious for their limited battery power, which is pretty frustrating if you plan on taking yours on vacation and you don’t want to pack the charger as well. This brush has a charge designed to last about three weeks of normal use – which for most people means that it won’t need recharging while you’re on vacation. If your vacations lasts longer than three weeks on average you’re luckier than most.
The EW-DE92 also comes with a great little compact travel case which is just the perfect size to carry your brush’s base along with one brush head. When you’re traveling you want to pack as lightly as possible, and this travel case is perfect.
For such an expensive item this sonic vibration toothbrush does have a couple of surprising weaknesses. First off, it doesn’t come with any replacement heads, which most electric toothbrushes in this price range do – and good luck trying to find replacement heads for it. They’re not easy to find, so you’re likely going to have to resort to online sources to buy them.
The other major drawback with this model is that it’s smaller than other electric toothbrushes you may have used in the past. It’s only about two thirds the length of its main competitor’s and it’s skinnier as well. If you’ve got big hands this may be a bit of a problem.
I did like the Panasonic Sonic Vibration electric toothbrush – I’m just not sure I’m willing to spend the money on it. It has some nice features, including the four different brush modes, but the failure to include extra brush heads, as well as the relatively small size compared to its competitors, were enough to turn me off this model.