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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 brush head. 

  1. Apply a bit of toothpaste. 

  1. Place the bristles against your teeth at a 45° angle.  

  1. Turn on the toothbrush to start brushing. We recommend that you brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day. 

  1. Move the toothbrush slowly across the teeth. Only apply light pressure and let the toothbrush do the brushing for you. 

Some Sonicare toothbrushes have a Quadpacer or BrushPacer feature. If your toothbrush has the Quadpacer feature, you can divide your teeth into four sections. The BrushPacer feature divides your teeth into six sections. Your toothbrush will vibrate intermittently to tell you to move on to the next section. It will automatically stop at the end of the brushing session.  

Sonicare BrushPacer

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: HX6857/30 , HX6877/23 , HX6809/16 , HX6321/03 , HX6311/02 , HX6711/02 , HX6511/02 , HX3110/00 , HX2013/30 , HX6732/02 , HX6730/02 , HX6780/02 , HX6782/02 , HX6511/50 , HX1610/02 , HX1630/02 , HX1620/02 , HX1622/02 , HX5551/02 , HX2014/30 , HX4011/10 , HX4001/20 , HX5251/02 , HX1511/02 , HX1513/63 , HX2012/30 . Click here to show more product numbers Click here to show less product numbers

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