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What are the brushing modes for my Sonicare toothbrush?

Updated on 2022-06-22
Your Sonicare toothbrush has different brushing modes. These modes may vary per toothbrush model.

The default mode of your toothbrush is Clean. This mode provides a 2-minute brushing time and is suitable for everyday use. 

The other brushing modes are: 
  • Deep clean (3:00 minutes): this allows extra time to work on trouble spots.
  • White (2:30 minutes): great for removing surface stains.
  • Polish (1:00 minute): ideal for smoothing the surface of your teeth.
  • Gum Care (3:00 minutes): perfect for cleaning your teeth and gums.
  • Gum Health (3:20 minutes): designed to clean and massage your gums for ideal gum health.
  • Sensitive (2:00 minutes): gentle vibrations and is suitable for sensitive teeth.
  • Tongue Care (20 seconds): clean your tongue with the TongueCare brush head.

Brushing modes

Clean Mode
This mode has a higher frequency of vibrations in comparison to a standard mode for better cleaning. Brushing time is 2 minutes.

Deep Clean mode
You can choose this mode for extra cleaning. It is more powerful than any other mode.  Brushing time is 3 minutes.

White mode
In this mode the total brushing time is two and a half minutes. The first 2 minutes are clean mode and the last half minute is polishing mode. 

Polish mode
This mode lasts one minute. The toothbrush runs at a lower frequency of vibrations than in the standard cleaning mode. 

Gum Care mode 
This mode has a 1-minute tooth and gum care cycle after the standard 2-minute clean mode to clean your gums. Brushing time is 3 minutes.

Gum Health mode 
This mode has an extended tooth and gum care cycle after the standard 2-minute clean mode to clean your gums. Brushing time is 3:20 minutes

Sensitive mode 
This mode has a lower frequency of vibrations compared to the standard mode. Brushing time is 2 minutes.

Tongue Care mode 
This is a 20 second mode designed to clean your tongue, together with the Tongue Care brush head. Brushing time is 20 seconds


Changing the intensity settings

Your Sonicare Toothbrush gives you the option to choose between 3 different intensity levels: low, medium and high. Based on the brush head you attach, the intensity will be selected automatically. If you wish to change to a different intensity, you can do so by pressing the mode/intensity button while brushing.

Note: This feature works for Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart, ExpertClean, Expert Results, Protective Clean 5100 and 6100 Series.

For toothbrushes with an Intensity Level Panel on the handle, press the intensity panel up or down to adjust the intensity level. Check your user manual for more details. 
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