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Philips Sonicare Xtreme e3000 Electric Toothbrush Review
A consumer's opinion of the Philips Sonicare Xtreme e3000 electric toothbrush including pictures, usage tips & care guide.

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Philips Sonicare

 
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Two AA Alkaline Batteries

 
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Eneloop Rechargeable AA

I decided to get serious about my dental health after I received a stern scolding by my dentist and oral hygienist.

They weren't too happy with my lackadaisical brushing and flossing habits, which had led to the beginning stages of gum disease (Gingivitis or Periodontitis).

As the oral hygienist was measuring the depth of the pockets in my gum line, she insisted that I start flossing daily and purchase a Sonicare electric toothbrush.

I was skeptical of the Sonicare toothbrushes and didn't think they would make much of a difference in my dental health.

I sought out the most inexpensive Sonicare electric toothbrush model, which is the Xtreme e3000.

It's available online or at major retailers for about $30 to $40 with 2 AA batteries included.

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Brush Head & Body
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Battery Compartment
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Battery Compartment Cap
I read online that some people had problems with the battery compartment of their Sonicare Xtreme e3000 becoming filled with water, which eventually damaged the electric toothbrush beyond repair.

Another person suggested that applying any kind of oil, petroleum jelly or other hydrophobic (water repelling) substance could prevent this from happening.

I had Aquaphor healing ointment handy so I used that to lubricate the rubber o-ring on the battery compartment cap.

This helped create a water tight seal between the battery compartment cap and the body of the toothbrush.

I have rinsed the toothbrush off under the faucet after every brushing for the past few months and so far no water has entered the battery compartment.

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Petroleum Jelly
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Que Tip Applying Aquaphor
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Cap O-Ring Water Proofed
The packaging on the Philips Sonicare Xtreme e3000 claims that it is the #1 recommended brand by U.S. dental professionals, encourages better brushing habits, safe for use with braces, reduces stains for naturally whiter teeth, removes more plaque than a manual toothbrush, and it has "patented sonic technology".

The e3000 also comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee and a two year warranty.



 

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Plastic Brush Head Cover
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Electric Toothbrush Off
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e3000 Brush Turned On
The first time I used the Philips Sonicare Xtreme e3000 electric toothbrush, it felt a bit ticklish and I didn't remember to keep my mouth closed.

After cleaning up the spatter of toothpaste on my bathroom mirror, I tried it again. I was amazed at how well the Sonicare worked to clean my teeth!

The two minute timer stopped, I ran my tongue over my teeth, and it was incredible how much smoother they felt after just the first use.

Have you ever gone a day or two without brushing your teeth and then brushed them? Remember how clean and fresh your mouth felt? That's how it feels every time with the Sonicare.

I bought some Eneloop low discharge rate rechargeable AA NiMh (Nickel Metal Hydride) batteries so that I wouldn't have to purchase new batteries for the brush every few weeks. I already have a NiMh AA battery charger for my Canon S5 IS digital camera, so it made sense to not waste money on one time use alkaline batteries.

I only used the Sonicare e3000 for a few weeks before my next dental cleaning appointment with the same oral hygienist. She was very happy with the dramatic change in the health of my gum line and the appearance of my teeth. She even asked me if I had gone in for a professional teeth whitening procedure or used a whitening system at home.

To keep your Sonicare electric toothbrush working well, you should rinse the brush head after each use and replace it every six months.

It's also a good idea to twist off the brush head, pop apart the two pieces and rinse out everything including the cavity inside the toothbrush body.
 

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