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    How do I use my Sonicare toothbrush?

    Published on 03 May 2023
    Using an electric toothbrush is easy. Here are some simple steps to get you started. 

    Before you begin

    Push the brush head firmly onto the handle. A small gap between the brush head and toothbrush handle is normal and necessary. 

    Using your toothbrush

    1. Wet the bristles of the brush head
    2. Apply a small amount of toothpaste (size of a pea). Too much toothpaste will create too much foam that will run down the handle. 
    3. Place the bristles against your teeth at a 45° angle, towards the gum line, and close your mouth around the brush head (to prevent spattering while brushing).
    4. Press the power button to start brushing
    5. Apply light pressure and move the brush head slowly across the teeth in a small back and forth motion, allowing the brush to do the work
    6. Continue this motion throughout your brushing cycle

    Some Philips Sonicare Toothbrush models come with a Quadpacer feature. If you have the Quadpacer feature, you can divide your mouth into four sections (see image step 6). The Quadpacer will vibrate intermittently to tell you to move on to the next section. 

    **Note**: Do not scrub. To maximize, only apply light pressure and let the toothbrush do the brushing for you. Push the brush head firmly onto the handle. A small gap between the brush head and toothbrush handle is normal and necessary. 

    After using your toothbrush

    Clean your toothbrush after use by rinsing your brush head and bristles. Wipe the handle with a damp cloth.  

    You can also view the video below for instructions on using your toothbrush.  

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    The information on this page applies to the following models: HX6781/02 , HX6711/68 , HX6732/60 , HX6325/70 , HX3211/65 , HX6857/43 , HX6877/73 , HX6871/49 , HX6820/60 , HX3211/62 , HX6827/11 , HX6252/86 , HX6829/81 , HX6870/41 , HX6888/18 , HX6877/21 , HX6810/50 , HX6876/21 , HX6857/11 , HX6817/01 , HX6816/01 , HX6815/01 , HX6812/01 , HX6811/01 , HX6211/05 , HX6582/51 , HX6321/02 , HX3211/03 , HX3211/33 , HX3211/23 , HX3211/12 , HX3211/17 , HX6211/99 , HX6211/07 , HX6362/02 , HX6392/02 , HX6681/07 , HX6581/50 , HX6211/04 , HX6631/24 , HX6211/96 , HX6211/98 , HX6311/07 , HX5661/99 , HX3120/01 , HX3110/00 , HX5610/04 , HX5610/00 , HX6512/55 , HX6733/90 , HX6511/02 , HX6311/02 , HX6732/80 , HX6511/50 , HX6582/50 , HX6711/02 , HX6732/02 , HX5361/29 , HX5752/02 , HX4101/72 , HX3881/02 , HX3351/02 , HX3551/02 , HX5751/02 , HX4521/11 , HX4521/63 , HX4201/69 , HX2012/30 . Click here to show more product numbers Click here to show less product numbers

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