I put in the hard yards and was duly rewarded a year later when I was promoted to Marketing Manager of the Oral Healthcare business, a position that I still hold today and one that sees me tasked with increasing the Oral Healthcare business’s market share.
It’s a great role that calls upon my creativity and commercial acumen in equal amounts. But while it’s a balanced position in this regard, the role’s diverse range of responsibilities also mean that no two days are the same. Every day offers opportunities for growth – and, in my mind at least, growing is the most important form of winning.
What makes our electric toothbrushes so special?
I still get a kick every time I see someone in a shop purchasing one of our awe-inspiring products because while the progressive culture at Philips makes me excited to come to work every day, the products are undoubtedly the lifeblood of the company; their hugely positive societal impact is what compelled me and most of my colleagues to jump aboard in the first place.
Even our entry-level electric toothbrush, the Philips Sonicare Elite+, removes three times more plaque than a manual toothbrush, improves gum health and maintains white teeth. It’s that much more effective than a manual toothbrush not only because it delivers 31,000 brush strokes per minute but also because maintaining good oral health is more difficult than we care to admit.
The fact is our mouths are complex structures, and it’s harder than we think to reach certain areas and protect our teeth from over-brushing (yes, that’s a thing!) by relying solely on our own judgement.
The chances of routinely missing problem areas when using manual toothbrushes are high. It’s one of the reasons why 98% of dental professionals surveyed in the US said that they would feel more confident in their patients looking after their mouth, teeth and gums in between visits to the dentist if they used a connected, powerful toothbrush.
What’s more, many of us fall far short of the mark when it comes to basic oral hygiene practices. For example, did you know that you should wait at least 30 minutes after eating a main meal before brushing your teeth? According to a study commissioned by FDI World Dental Federation, only 44% of you can answer “yes” to that question.
Of course, if you opt to buy a Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart toothbrush, your limited oral hygiene knowledge won’t matter too much. Fitted with smart sensor technology and Bluetooth® connectivity, the DiamondClean Smart tells you which teeth to brush and for how long via a 3D map of your mouth shown on our Sonicare mobile app. Not only does it help you to track and improve brushing coverage, it alerts you when you’re brushing too hard, highlights trouble areas and lets you know when you’ve missed a bit.
It also removes ten times more plaque, improves gum health seven times more effectively and removes up to 100% more stains than a manual toothbrush. It’s smart devices like these which help consumers take better ownership and control of their health and wellness.
Add in a built-in timer that lets you know when you’ve brushed for two minutes – dentists recommend we brush our teeth with fluoride toothpaste for two minutes, twice a day – and you begin to appreciate how transformative buying an electric toothbrush can be for your health.
All our electric toothbrushes come with these baseline capabilities, but most offer other vital functions such as dedicated teeth whitening modes that remove up to 100% more stains than a manual toothbrush, sensors that let you know if you’re damaging your teeth by brushing too hard, and tongue-cleaning technology that eradicates bad breath.
I feel truly honored to be responsible for marketing these remarkable toothbrushes to the consumer because they have the potential to improve the health of billions of people around the world by drastically reducing the prevalence of oral disease.