Quip, a Unbiased Review From a Hygienist
If you spend any time listening to podcasts, radio, or on social media, then I am sure you’ve heard the ads for the Quip toothbrush. With the tagline “when you think of healthy mouth, think of Quip,” the Quip toothbrush was asking for an unbiased review from a dental hygienist. My name is Katie, a dental hygienist in the Salt Lake City area for Legacy Dental. I tried it for six months, and my overall impression is, I love it, I use it. Is it better than any other electric toothbrush, i.e., Sonicare probably not? Does it clean my teeth better than other electric toothbrushes, no? But let me back up and tell you how I got there.
How Quip Works
Quip is a subscription electric toothbrush company. This means that when signing up with Quip, you get sent a starter package with a toothbrush, handle/cover, batteries, and instructions. Three months later, a new brush head and the battery is sent automatically. Quip has virtually automated the reminder for replacing your toothbrush often.
First Impression with Quip
I went about obtaining a Quip toothbrush like the general public, online through there new buyer link on their website. It was quick and easy to understand. I also appreciated that I wasn’t obligated to keep my subscription after a certain period, and I could cancel when I wanted.
Initial Opinion on Design
When my toothbrush came a few weeks later, I was immediately impressed with the marketing and modern esthetic of the packing. It comes with a toothbrush holder designed to stick on a mirror; this holder also acts as a cover for travel. The holder and the design of the brush is a thin, sleek, and modern cylinder. I chose a gold handle, but there are many color options.
I also love that a battery operates the brush. No More cords on my counter!
First Use Judgment
I was too excited to wait till bedtime to use it, so I just brushed mid-day; extra brushing never hurt anyone, right? Even though I teach how to brush teeth for a living, I thoroughly read Quips given instructions. I was so confused about the picture guided instruction manual Quip offers on how they suggest using their brush. It was hard to tell if I was supposed to brush along with the brush’s vibrations or just place the brush on my teeth. I just went for what felt right.
The brush does a haptic vibration every 30 seconds, so one knows when to move on to the next quadrant of the mouth. All in all, the brush is timed for two minutes and turns off automatically when done. I love the timer feature.
Three Months with Quip
Learning How to Brush
I felt that Quip does not vibrate fast enough for it to clean my teeth sufficiently if just held to my teeth. I also didn’t want to brush with it for fear of the vibration being too hard on my gums. After a month of trying, I have figured out a modified technique that involves brushing gently along with the vibration of the brush, is it the way Quip says to do it, no. Still, I think that it works better, and I get a cleaner mouth that way without damaging my gums.
Three months later, as promised, a new brush head and the battery was sent to me in the mail. I noticed that the bristles were starting to get a little worn out a few weeks before it came. It was satisfying not to have to think about when to change my brush head and to have it automatically sent.
The only trouble with the refill brush head was trying to get the old brush head off. The picture instructions, again, we’re not clear, and I felt I was going to break the brush to get the old toothbrush head off.
It has been six months of continual use of the Quip toothbrush. The Quip company has taken the thinking out of brushing for me. It is on my mirror staring at me, so I don’t forget to brush. It has a timer, so I know I am brushing long enough. I don’t have to think about when it is time to replace the bristles. For all these reasons, I continue to use it.
My only advice or added caution would be to make sure you are brushing with it carefully. Too aggressive, and I think it could damage gums. Not adapting or making small sweeping motions along the gum line, and I don’t think It would clean well enough.
For children or people who are not great at brushing on their own, I would still recommend something that works better by just sticking the brush right on the teeth, like Sonicare.
I hope this helps the next time you get sucked into one of the clever ads you may hear on a podcast.
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