Q&A: Sonicare Electric Toothbrush with a Gum Setting?

This modern age of invention is great for a lot of things, but simplifying the toothbrush purchase process is not one of them. I know  people have been trying to figure out which of Sonicare’s electric toothbrush models has a gum (“Gum Care” or “Massage”) setting, so here you go:

The Sonicare DiamondClean

Philips Sonicare DiamondClean: Bringing the Sexy Back
  • Top of the Sonicare line with the fancy accessories and high-end price tag to prove it
  • Settings include Clean, Gum Care, Polish (quick mode), Sensitive, White (whitening)
  • Uses new

    but is compatible with the

    used by Sonicare’s other models

Read my complete  Sonicare DiamondClean review for more information. Otherwise,

and see what they have to say.

The Sonicare FlexCare R910

  • Philips Sonicare Flexcare R910 rechargeable electric toothbrush review
Similar to the DiamondClean in terms of raw cleaning power, but lacking the sleek design or fancy accessories

  • Settings include Clean, Sensitive, and Massage. Also includes “routines” — essentially, settings that let you set the duration (GoCare for one minute and MaxCare for three) of the brushing session
  • Also available: the Sonicare FlexCare RS930 (identical brush, more accessories)

If you want to know more about the Sonicare Flexcare R910, you can read my review or

The FlexCare Plus

Toothbrush Reviews - FlexCare Plus
  • Settings include Clean, Gum Care, Refresh, Sensitive, and Massage.Gum Care is two  minutes of regular brushing followed by an extra minute of gentle cleaning  along the gum line.Massage is two minutes of gentle gum stimulation.
  • Otherwise, very similar brush to the FlexCare R910. Setting names are different, but the results are essentially the same.

Because this brush is so similar to the FlexCare R910, I haven’t reviewed it separately (at least not yet.) Instead,

The Sonicare FlexCare Platinum

Toothbrush Reviews - Sonicare FlexCare Platinum
  • This brush is new, new to the point that I don’t even have a review written yet.
  • Superficially, it appears to be a reskinned FlexCare brush with a default 
  • Includes a pressure sensor to warn if you’re brushing too hard (unusual for Sonicare brushes).
  • Settings include Clean (low intensity, medium intensity, high intensity), White (low intensity, medium intensity, high intensity) and Gum Care (low intensity, medium intensity, high intensity). The first brush in the Sonicare line to let you toggle White and Gum Care strength.

As I said before, this brush is so new, I don’t have a formal review completed of it yet. Instead,


And the winner is…

Hopefully this list will have given you a solid sense of what gum health-savvy brushes are available from the Sonicare line, but if you’re looking for a winner, here’s what I think:

The line between the FlexCare R910’s “MaxCare” (a three minute session, with two for teeth and one for gums) and FlexCare Plus’s “Gum Care” (essentially the same thing)  is slight to the point of being non-existent. If you’re not worried about sensitive teeth and don’t care about style or nifty accessories, I’d take the cheaper of those two models.

But the FlexCare Platinum is very tempting. Being able to toggle the strength of your Gum Care routine is a useful feature, and the little sensor that monitors if you’re brushing too hard will help to keep your gums intact. If you don’t care for the (better but admittedly more expensive) DiamondClean brushes, you can always buy ProResults brush heads instead.

Check the prices for all three brushes and ensure you’re getting the accessories and the settings you want, but based exclusively on gum care I think I’m giving this one to FlexCare Platinum.


One Reply to “Q&A: Sonicare Electric Toothbrush with a Gum Setting?”

  1. The differences in Gum Mode settings are so minor that I would just go with the brush I like the most and can afford. So probably I would get the Sonicare DiamondClean.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.