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    What do the symbols on my Philips Sonicare toothbrush mean?

    Your Philips Sonicare toothbrush comes with smart notifications and symbols, such as: intensity settings, brush-head replacement reminder and a battery indicator. Find out below what these notifications and symbols mean.

    Intensity settings

    Your Philips Sonicare toothbrush comes with three different intensity settings: low, medium and high. When attached, the brush head will automatically select the recommended intensity. To manually change the intensity, you can simply turn ON the handle and press the mode/intensity button.

    Note: Your brush heads must have BrushSync technology capability for the intensity setting to be selected automatically when attached. The following toothbrush head models have BrushSync technology: C3 Premium Plaque Control, G3 Premium Gum Care, W3 Premium White, W DiamondClean.

    Philips Sonicare intensity settings

    Pressure sensor

    Your Philips Sonicare ExpertClean toothbrush measures the pressure you apply while brushing to protect your gums and teeth. If you apply too much pressure, you will notice a change in vibration until you reduce the pressure.

    Philips Sonicare pressure sensor

    Brush Head Replacement reminder

    Brush heads become less effective after 3 months of use, but with BrushSync you'll be reminded before this happens. 

    Your Philips Sonicare toothbrush will track the wear of your smart brush head. It is measured by:
    •    The overall pressure you apply while brushing
    •    The total time you have brushed with your brush head
    Once your brush head is no longer effective or has become worn out, the Brush-Head Replacement reminder icon on the handle will blink amber. This indicates that you should change your brush head.

    Note: the Brush-Head Replacement reminder only works with Smart Brush Heads.

    You can purchase a replacement brush head by visiting the Philips Toothbrush Head replacement page .  
    Philips Sonicare brush head replacement reminder

    Battery indicator

    The operational time for a fully charged toothbrush is generally between 2-3 weeks, based on two, 2 minute bushing sessions per day. The battery indicator on your toothbrush will notify you of the battery capacity. 

    The battery indication LEDs can vary slightly depending on the model. Please see the user manual of your model for specific details. You can also view the article, "What do the battery status lights on my Philips Sonicare Toothbrush indicate"?
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