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One boy, one passport, one million dreams. Gas & Gander is a blog capturing the essence of the brands and companies I love, the cities and cultures I embrace, the food and drinks I enjoy and most of all, the travel I experience. Most of all Gas & Gander is a super fun & informative guide with an abundance of information. Come and join me on my adventures at Gas & Gander. Currently based in Vancouver, British Columbia. 




Sean Loughran

Whiter teeth, healthier gums & effective plaque removal. Five modes, 62000 brush movements per minute, and my favourite feature of all - charging as you travel with the innovative USB kit.

The Philips Sonicare DiamondClean really does do it all.

We all aim for that Hollywood smile and I think you'll agree with me that if you care about the appearance of your teeth that you've probably tried every trick in the book for that perfect Julia Roberts smile, those bright pink healthy gums, and that post-cleaning at the dentist feeling.

I know I've tried everything; different brushes, new techniques, innovative tools, whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes. I've also tried out those natural remedies that other people swear by such as oil pulling with coconut oil, swishing it around in my mouth for 20 minutes every day. I mean, seriously, who has the time for that? I have nothing against it, I found it made my teeth too sensitive and I really didn't have the time.

I'm not going to lie to you and make this post sound like it was some fad experiment for me - I smoke cigarettes, I drink a ton of coffee and tea, and I really love sugar, the worst possible combination for my once rated the best teeth in my region by Crest when I was 10 years old. I'm going to be honest with you, because of my bad habits, I've been looking for a brush that would actually do the job that it promises on the box. 


I made the switch from a manual to electric toothbrush last year after my dentist in Toronto recommended I start using Rotadent - sold to me as "the best brush on the market". After 3 months, the motor died and I thought my toothbrush was literally going to explode in my mouth one morning. I waved goodbye to $150 that morning. After that, I was hesitant about going back to an electric brush, and it took a while but after consulting with several dentists as research for an oral hygiene & teeth whitening post, I kept hearing "you gotta try the Sonicare!" 

Since then, I've been working with Philips under the supervision of a local Vancouver dentist on an ongoing review of the Sonicare DiamondClean - one of the most high end and power electric toothbrushes on the market. The Philips Sonicare is recommended by dental professionals around the world.  I started using my Sonicare 2 weeks ago after an oral examination and cleaning at Aarm Dental on Hornby Street in Vancouver. I discussed the brush with the dentist, Dr Fong, who had nothing but great things to say about it. A lot of dentists will tell you it doesn't matter what brush you're using and that it's all about technique, but what if you don't have that technique? 

We need a brush with the technology and built in technique to do the job for us. And aside from looking super sleek, elegant and elevating my bathroom vanity, the Philips Sonicare also actually does the job it's supposed to do. My teeth not only feel cleaner and look whiter, I've also found the brush a pleasure to use, so much that I actually look forward to my morning and evening cleaning rituals, is that weird? Probably. I've been playing about with all 5 modes on the brush (Clean, Gum Care, Polish, Sensitive & White).

I've incorporated some other tools into my daily routine, both recommended by my dentist to use along with the Sonicare. One is the SulcaBrush, an awesome double sided brush for inner and outer cleaning, a pretty cool invention to get deep into those spots your toothbrush might miss. The other, which I keep in my backpack at all times are GUM Soft Picks - little sticks with flexible rubber bristles that slide through the teeth to help safely remove plaque & food particles while also massaging the gums and improving overall oral hygiene.

A new brand I've introduced into my life is the ultra high end and super cool Marvis and their whitening toothpaste, using it just a few times per week as I've found my teeth can be quite sensitive if I overdo it - this is where the 'sensitive' setting on the Sonicare comes in handy. When I'm not using the Marvis Whitening Mint, I'm using Sensodyne - a brand specifically targeting those with sensitive teeth. 

The most important feature for me when it comes to an electric toothbrush is battery life and charging convenience. When the Sonicare first arrived, with a pretty awesome glass USB cup, I wondered how I was going to travel without smashing it. Fear not, teeth cleaners, the Sonicare DiamondClean also has a USB outlet built into the case for on-the-go charging. Another win for Philips in the innovation department. I've been staying at a friend's for the past week cat & apartment sitting (super fun) and I haven't had to charge the brush once, despite using it for 3-4 minutes at a time, 2-3 times per day. 

So go on, treat yourself to a new Sonicare; a fancy, super sleek, stylish, powerful toothbrush. Go ahead and do your own research before you purchase one because I'm not kidding, you'll only hear good things!