Best Toothpaste to Use With the Philips Sonicare Toothbrush

Updated on May 5, 2017
gracenotes profile image

In another life, I was a medical librarian. Now as a retiree, I am making consumer health a focal point of my writing.

You’ve been brushing your teeth forever—even when you could barely reach the sink. Although your parents made you brush your teeth, you probably never gave much thought to the toothpaste or toothbrush you used, and hence, you spent maybe 30 seconds or so each time you brushed.

Well, the dental hygienist will tell you that 30 seconds is not enough. A brushing session needs to be two minutes to best get at the plaque and stimulate your gums properly.

Two minutes? An eternity! Who could do that? For a long time, I did no such thing.

Enter the Philips Sonicare toothbrush, an electric toothbrush with a head that vibrates up to 30,000 times per minute. It’s convenient, because all the models have timers that shut the motor off after two minutes. How easy, you may think.

Toothpaste and the Sonicare

Yes, the Philips Sonicare toothbrush does a good job, and, with the additional use of dental floss, you can expect greatly improved teeth and gums. The plaque formation and tartar will be so reduced that you may be able to wait a year between dental cleanings.

Users of the Sonicare toothbrush usually focus on proper brushing technique. But the choice of toothpaste is important, and becomes even more important as you reach an excellent level of brushing.

Two minutes with an electric toothbrush means that your gums and mouth tissue are going to be exposed to the ingredients in the toothpaste for a much longer time than most of us are accustomed to! This can cause sensitivity and chapped lips. You have to keep your lips closed during part of the brushing session with a Sonicare brush (unless you like your mirror splattered with foam), so your lips do get a lot of contact with your paste.

According to the instruction manual that came with my Sonicare toothbrush, the company recommends a gel toothpaste. Many gel toothpastes (especially AquaFresh) have the claim of a dazzling, sparkling, clean feeling after brushing. Many have whitening agents or abrasive agents that provide tartar control. I doubt you’ll want to continue with these toothpastes.

How to Tell if Your Toothpaste is Wrong For You

Finish brushing with your Sonicare toothbrush.  Go into the kitchen and fill up a glass with cold water, and have a drink.  Does the inside of your mouth feel sensitive and achy, or does it burn?  Quit using that toothpaste.

After a week or two, do you suddenly have chapped lips that lip balm isn’t helping?  Do you have redness and flakiness above the lip line?  If you’re a woman, does wearing lipstick make the problem worse?  Time to find another toothpaste.

Two Ingredients to Avoid in Toothpaste

  • Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS) - Some people are sensitive to this ingredient, occasionally to the extent of having problems with canker sores. Sodium Laurel Sulfate is the stuff that makes your toothpaste foam up.
  • Guaiazulene - This is a coloring additive used in many toothpastes and cosmetics.

Switching Toothpaste

For some reason that I don't understand, even toothpastes that don't have those two troublesome ingredients sometimes begin to cause sensitivity over time. My dentist gave me some Sensodyne Pronamel, and it was just fine for a while. But I can't use it anymore. It was fine for my teeth, but I got chapped lips again!

It's a good thing that we have lots of choices. Some of these are discussed below.

What Can I Use?

It is possible to brush without any use of toothpaste. Perhaps ask your dentist about this.

Currently, I am using Nature's Gate natural toothpaste with creme de mint. This one has worked splendidly for me. And, it is fluoride-free! It contains cranberry, pomegranate, white tea, grapeseed extract, aloe, and ginger. I highly recommend it!

Also, Burt’s Bees Natural Toothpaste may work for you (it is SLS-free). The one pictured here does have fluoride, but it worked for me just great for a long time. I'm having more difficulty finding it in my supermarket, so I switched brands.

It may be hard to get used to a toothpaste that doesn't foam when you use it, and the taste will be a little different, but you'll see the difference.

Tom’s of Maine Clean and Gentle Natural Toothpaste is another alternative (SLS-free).

Desert Essence Natural Tea Tree Oil Essence with Fennel Toothpaste or any of the Desert Essence pastes

Another good choice, if you don’t mind a taste similar to licorice. If you just can't stand licorice, try the one with mint and baking soda. Oh, and some just don’t want to use fluoride, and this toothpaste has none!

If you've got sensitive teeth, perhaps the best Sensodyne brand to use would be plain old Sensodyne maximum strength with fluoride. It has very few ingredients. Whereas Sensodyne used to have SLS in it, I've noticed that they've omitted this ingredient in many of their products. If you'd prefer to use one of the other brands of toothpaste, but have a tiny bit of gum recession on one side, you could just use the Sensodyne on that area, and the other toothpaste for the remaining square inches of your teeth.

What Else Can I Do?

  • Use your Sonicare toothbrush at night only. You don’t need it first thing in the morning, because plaque takes all day to build up from the foods you eat. Use a manual toothbrush for morning brushing.
  • If you have one of the advanced Sonicare toothbrushes, you’ll have a choice of settings. You can adjust your setting to “sensitive” for part of the brushing session.
  • Shut off your Sonicare toothbrush before the two minutes are up. Continue with manual brushing for the balance of the time.
  • Use your Sonicare toothbrush every other day.

Questions & Answers

    Comments

    Submit a Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, healdove.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://healdove.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)