Over the last six weeks, I’ve been trialing a range of Philips Sonicare products including the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Toothbrush which I reviewed here, and the Philips Sonicare AirFloss which I reviewed here and the last product I’ve been trialing is the Philips Sonicare TongueCare+ which I have to show you today. In terms of tongue cleaners, I’ve only ever tried the tongue cleaning manual toothbrushes which have a rubberised coating on the underside of the toothbrush which you move over your tongue to clean it but I always used to gag when using them so I never really stuck to a strict routine with them. When I first heard about the Philips Sonicare TongueCare+ £16, I was intrigued especially as it’s part of their Sonicare range.
The Philips Sonicare TongueCare+ contains a tongue brush as well as a special spray which instantly transforms your Sonicare electric toothbrush into a powerful breath solution, and is clinically proven to provide longer lasting fresh breath in just 60 seconds.
“Up to 80% of bad breath comes from odour-producing bacteria that accumulate and hide deep within the porous surface of your tongue. TongueCare+ combines three powerful components that work together to form an advanced fresh-breath solution.
The innovative tongue brush, with 240 MicroBristles, contours to the tongue to clean away bad breath bacteria below the surface. Specially formulated BreathRx tongue spray kills 99% of the germs that cause bad breath* and neutralises lingering odours. Sonicare sonic technology breaks up and cleans away debris with 31 000 strokes per minute.
TongueCare+ is the only tongue cleaner with Philips Sonicare strength, to clean away bad-breath bacteria with every stroke. 31 000 vibrations per minute break up tongue debris, sweep away bad-breath bacteria and drive the bacteria-killing ingredients of the BreathRx tongue spray deeper. Thanks to our Philips Sonicare technology, your tongue will feel cleaner and your breath will stay fresh for longer.”
The tongue brush’s 240 rubber MicroBristles is specifically designed to clean the soft and porous surface of your tongue. The flexible MicroBristles contour to and gently clean around the ridges and grooves, to remove bacteria build-up and drive our bacteria-killing BreathRx tongue spray deeper. The compact shape allows you to comfortably clean the entire tongue.
Each tongue brush clicks onto any of the Philips Sonicare toothbrush handles, just like a regular brush head does and it’s just as easy to remove and it’s simple to clean too. The little rubber ‘bristles’ are very short and flexible which makes them different to the ‘tongue cleaners’ you get on the back of manual toothbrushes which are pretty harsh which is why they have made me gag when using them.
This brush is a lot more gentle on the surface of my tongue, but with the Sonicare pulsations it manages to effectively deep clean my tongue without any discomfort and no gagging whatsoever so it’s a lot more pleasant. It did feel a little strange the first few times I used the brush as its unlike anything else I’ve tried before, but now I strangely love it as I can’t believe how much of a difference it makes to my mouth’s freshness.
I did wonder if the BreathRx was necessary and if I’d be able to use a mouthwash instead once I ran out but the spray is just as good as the brush and well worth the £16 for a replacement. The unique combination of ingredients in the Philips Sonicare BreathRx tongue spray is clinically proven to kill bad breath bacteria and neutralise odours instantly. It has a special thick formula which coats the tongue and keeps it lubricated for a gentle cleaning experience with a cool mint flavour that leaves the mouth feeling fresh and clean.
The spray does smell quite strong, and reminds me of Chlorhexidine mouthwash I used post oral-surgery, but it’s not strong at all when sprayed as it’s such a small amount of liquid which is used so it doesn’t make my eyes water like the Chlorhexidine mouthwash and I find that the spray and brush leaves my mouth feeling considerably fresher than when just using the mouthwash alone.
I’m sure some people will see the Philips Sonicare TongueCare+ as being a gimmick but I don’t think I could be without it now in my oral hygiene routine, and Rob my other half as since bought one for himself as I raved about mine so much. Usually when I use mouthwash alone, the freshness subsides within an hour but when using the spray and the brush together, my mouth feels fresher for longer just like the claims and I feel confident that my breath is fresh for at least three hours which is a vast improvement I think you’ll agree.
I’m not entirely sure how often you should change your tongue cleaning brush heads, but I guess it’ll be whenever you change your toothbrush head but I imagine the 59ml bottle of tongue spray which comes in the Philips Sonicare TongueCare will last for a few months which makes it fantastic value.