Product Type: Braun electric toothbrushes
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This could have been so much better .....................
Member Name: Randal
Date: 09/10/11, updated on 07/08/12 (194 review reads)
Advantages: Easy to use
Disadvantages: Can't change the floss yourself.
I'm always interested in new dental products to see what the latest 'must have' items are on the dental hygiene market and a few years ago when this Braun Oral-B Hummingbird first came out, I thought it would be worth a try. And by pure chance, I actually won this in a local pub raffle one summer, so it gave me an ideal opportunity to try it out.
To try and understand what it is, this item caters for that often forgotten area between your teeth, where many will simply brush their teeth everyday, but forget about flossing out those areas between the teeth and in the gum line where food can get trapped, and still remain, after brushing. Hence, it can potentially lead to gum disease and decay over time. Ordinarily I would use a length of floss stretched between my fingers to tackle these areas, but this new Oral-B product seemed to be a whole new concept on that flossing regime, by apparently making the whole process somewhat more efficient and easier to do, especially to reach those difficult areas at the back of your mouth.
What is it? Well for starters, this is the original version of the Oral-B Hummingbird (which has now been updated slightly to also include a pick attachment) which just came with the single type flossing tool. Overall, it measures about 10 cm in length and consists of a handle assembly which houses the single AAA size battery and the motor to vibrate the head. A small button on the top of the housing switches the motor on and off. At the top end of the device you have what is called the Power Flosser which easily snaps on and off the handle and is replaceable. This is basically a small plastic fork attachment which has a small length of floss stretched between the 2 fork ends. The end of the fork is also slightly angled.
The idea is that you switch the device on and then work the floss down between your teeth and into the gum line. The slight angle on the fork end should make this slightly easier to do and allow the floss to get into those hard to reach areas of the mouth. The gentle vibrations from the motor get fed into the floss, which in theory should then vibrate away any debris, plaque etc. The fork end is also just wide enough to allow you to draw the floss back and forth sideways through the gap between your teeth or in your gum line, allowing any loose debris to be drawn out and away. In theory, the whole process should leave your mouth feeling fresh and clean.
In use, it is a simple process, although I do have some reservations over how effective it actually is. The vibrations are not unpleasant, and it is fairly easy to work the floss down between your teeth, particularly with the angled head towards the back of my mouth in the hard to reach areas. But the fork bit is not actually that wide, so you are fairly limited in how much pull through action that can be achieved working it side to side to clear the area of debris.
The other area of concern I have is with the floss itself. The floss is actually fixed to the ends of the fork such that it can't be changed. So in effect, you are using the same bit of floss throughout your mouth, possibly spreading any gum disease you may have from one area to the next, which is not ideal. The only way to change the floss is to change the head, and that get's expensive because only Braun make the heads for this device. The device does come with a few spare heads when you first buy it, but they won't last long. So whilst the initial outlay for the device may appear to be reasonable, over the long term, it could get quite expensive replacing the head each time.
Is it effective? Kind of difficult to say. Personally I didn't feel as if it was doing that much, so I now sort of alternate between this and normal floss to do the job, and thus far, my dentist is happy with the state of my teeth. But what really put me off this product was the thought of being 'forced' by Braun to continually buy their new heads just to ensure that I kept the device end hygienically clean. It would have been so much better, and cheaper, if Braun had designed it so that you could replace just the floss element of the head yourself each time rather than having to buy the whole fork end piece.
In summary, whilst this item is easy to use and apparently good, it does have some problems and limitations with the design and how it can be used. So overall, I would only give this a 3* recommendation.
Review also on Ciao under Randal1.
Summary: Easy to use design with some unfortunate design flaws.
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