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I have owned the brand Braun electronic toothbrush since it was first implemented, and i must say it is the most reliable of all electronic toothbrushes. the Oral B professional care 1000 beats them all to it. I had gum problems in the past where it used to bleed at times, however due to the gentle Oscillating and Rotate technique of the toothbrush, the bleeding has completely stopped, and in the same time it has ensured the teeth is cleansed properly, especially the hard to reach parts. My teeth feels a lot whiter and and cleaner.
However the best feature of the toothbrush, has to be the pressure indicator. One advice that some people have told me is not to put too much pressure when using toothbrush, as it would damage your gums. The Oral B professional care 1000 has a pressure sensor which lights up if you press it too hard.
The toothbrush contains full/low charge indicator which is really helpful, it indicates when you need to start charging it. Charging the toothbrush takes about 5 hours
I always thought electric toothbrushes were bad for your teeth , even though they were getting sold. When I saw the advert for this electric toothbrush it made me really want this product. I couldn't wait to go out and buy it . This electric toothbrush is really effective and really easy to brush your teeth with. The brush is smaller than normal toothbrushes and i thought it might not work as good. It actually is better small as you get into all those small spaces between your teeth. I was shocked by the prices of all electric toothbrushes so I knew that they had to be better than a normal toothbrush. I have noticed that my teeth are much cleaner with the electric tooth rather than my normal toothbrush. You can change the heads on it , with I will do every 3 months and the heads are cheap to buy in packs. The charger for this for me was the 2 pin head so I had to buy a travel plug so I could use it at home. I don't know if they were all like that. The battery life is a long time that is if you charge up the whole way each time and not for a little while. A light comes on to tell you when you will need to charge the toothbrush.
I would recommend this electric toothbrush, its easy to use for every day use and reaches hard places that you can't normally get to.
Oral B Professional Care 1000
This is the third electric toothbrush we have owned and we have had this one about three years at least and it is still going strong. It was far from being the most expensive one we bought but so far it has been the best one we have owned. It does the job and it has lasted the longest too.
I think I remember paying about £30 for this one and the previous one we owned cost well over £100 and was not really as efficient.
My teeth are not great and I do suffer a bit from receding gums so my dentist recommended a good electric toothbrush several years ago. When I used to brush with a manual toothbrush I felt that I didn't really get my teeth clean unless I scrubbed them and this probably caused the gum damage. Cleaning with a good electronic toothbrush properly doesn't scrub and you don't need to apply pressure as the brush rotating does the job for you.
This came well packed in a box with a charger that can be used in a shaver socket as well as a couple of toothbrush heads so it was pretty much ready to use. It came with a 12 month manufacturer's guarantee which we have not had to use. Before you use it for the first time once you take it out of the box you need to charge it fully for seventeen hours which seems to be rather long but we did follow the instructions to the letter. If you don't have a shaver socket then you will need to buy an adapter which you can buy in most electrical or DIY type shops like Homebase.
When the brush is charging there is an indicator light that flashes brightly on the Charge Indicator and once it has fully charged this light stays on continuously for 5 seconds and then goes off. Now the brush is ready to be used.
Apply a small amount of toothpaste to the brush and then place it in your mouth before swtiching it on with the button. If you switch it on before putting it in your mouth then you are likely to lose your toothpaste and send it flying.
The brush has a buzz that sounds every thirty seconds and the idea is that you spend 30 seconds on each quarter of your mouth. The top left side, top right side, bottom left side and bottom right side and on both the inside or backs of your teeth as well as the outside or front of your teeth. The final buzz sounds a bit longer so you know when the full 2 minutes of brush time is up.
Unlike using a normal toothbrush you should avoid applying any pressure and in fact should you press too hard then a light flashes at you. You move the vibrating head gently over your teeth staying for the 30 seconds at each quarter sometimes I even do it for a little longer as I think you can never over brush your teeth.
All you have to do is to gently mover the brush over each tooth for a few seconds at a time. I like this one's small brush head as it fits all the way into the back of my mouth and easily reaches to the back of my teeth too. The brush head's bristles spread over each tooth and get right between my teeth really well and right to the very back teeth too.
My teeth are quite sensitive and I find that when I haven't used this brush for a few days as sometimes we don't take it when we travel to more remote places, then when I get back my teeth and gums feel very sensitive. Initially they bleed a bit and that is because they haven't been brushed properly. I cannot wait to brush my teeth with this again as I never really feel I get them properly clean with a non electric one.
After using this my teeth feel really properly clean and indeed my gums feel better too. It only takes a few times for my gums to stop bleeding and feel less sore and sensitive. I really do feel that this brush does a good job of looking after my teeth and gums and combined with a good quality toothpaste I feel I am doing the best I can to protect my teeth.
I can't imagine ever going back to a manual toothbrush and this is the best of three electric ones we have owned. One base unit can be used by more than one person as the heads can have a little collar of a different colour so that every person can have their own collar colour. Only two of us use ours so I have a colour collar and my husband has none.
When we first had this the brush lasted about a week before needing to be recharged but now we have had it some years I find it lasts less long and I charge it overnight every three days to make sure it never dies on me through lack of battery charge.
I would thoroughly recommend this toothbrush. It is a reasonable price for a decent electric re chargeable toothbrush. The heads are quite expensive compared to a normal tooth brush but I have so far managed to track down ones on special offer to replace ours. Heads should be replaced like a normal toothbrush every 6 to 8 weeks or if the bristles look worn down before that.
If you are still using a manual toothbrush I suggest you try an electric one and you cannot fail to be impressed with the clean feel you get after using one. This particular one does the job really well and has lasted us a good few years.
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I bought this toothbrush a few months back. I went for the Oral B ones over the Colgate as Braun is a make I trust, I know many people who own Oral B brushes and were very happy with them and they offered a money back guarantee if you're not happy with the product. And also, there was an offer on Oral B brushes in Boots at the time so I thought I give it a go.
It comes with 1 brush head, I would suggest try it out and play around with other brush heads as all other rotating brush heads (floss ones, precision, sensitive etc) will fit.
Having brought the product home I put it on charge straight away. Remember that this has a 2 prong plug and will need an adapter, but I already had these lying around as I have other appliances with German plugs that require an adapter. So I put it on charge, it recommends to charge it for 18 hours. The green light will flash whilst it charges. The charging time I find very inconvenient when it comes to recharging. If the battery is down (it'll flash red to alert you that it needs charging) in the morning or evening after brushing my teeth it'll never be 18 hours until the next "brush" so I find myself just charging it more often and for shorter periods. I'm not sure if that is good for the battery and might decrease its life span, but that'll be left to see. Also the power of the brush is a lot less after using it for 4/5 days and I find I get a lesser result when brushing so I charge it more often. I think the battery and charging process could definitely be improved in the future.
When I first tried the fully charged brush I loved it. It gives a short buzz after 30 seconds to make sure each quarter of your mouth gets an equal clean. And after 2 minutes it buzzes 3 times. I find the timer great, it makes sure I clean my teeth for the recommended time as I'm sure before with a manual brush I would never brush for 2 minutes.
It also has a pressure sensor which lights up. When I first purchased the brush it hardly ever went off. But the longer I have the brush the more I set it off. Is that because I actually put more pressure on it, or because of wear inside the brush and the head may be a bit looser I'm just not sure. I regularly change the heads, about once every 10 weeks or so.
My teeth feel very smooth and clean and just amazing since I've changed to this brush. Bits I used to miss before and still felt unbrushed with a manual brush are now taken care of. I would not go back.
But with pulsations of 40,000 times per minute and rotations of 8800 times per minute you couldn't keep up with a manual brush.
I purchased mine for around £30 which was half price of the RRP and made sure I made the most of my boots points at the same time. Just a little extra. I find £30 is an ok price, I would not have spent £60 on this. And I would not have bought the higher priced brushes, even though they have more settings I don't really see the point.
I would most definitely recommend this toothbrush or other Oral B brushes, you can generally pick up a good offer in some drugstore or other and also the heads always seem to be on offer if you don't mind shopping around. I just hope that the battery life/charging will be improved for future brushes but in the meantime I would not go back to a manual brush.
And with the money back guarantee you have nothing to lose should you not like it.
I bought my very first electric toothbrush many years ago after experiencing and succumbing to all the hype affirming the many benefits and general superiority they have over a manual brush. I never really got the hang of it though. I was constantly forgetting to keep it charged up and found replacing the brush head a frequently expensive chore. So, naturally I packed it in and went back to the good old-fashioned manual brush; tried and tested and unlikely to refuse to work at 8.30 in the morning.
Wind forward a few years and I'm back where I started; considering an electric model to replace my manual brush and improve what I suspect to be an inferior brushing routine. The 'electric hype', interestingly, hasn't gone away. Maybe it is all true?
So why the U-turn? It was a simple matter of oral health. In my quest for clean teeth I've always had a somewhat over-thorough and heavy-handed brushing technique which comes at a cost to my sensitive gums. I regularly suffered from sore and bleeding gums and in turn had my fair share of mouth ulcers, which my dentist collectively attributed to my tendency to brush too hard. That seemed to make sense so after trying a soft bristled toothbrush for a while without improvement I decided to look again at my stance regarding an electric toothbrush. Such devices are proven to help eliminate human error during brushing and therefore reduce the chance of developing gum problems. In short, I no longer trusted myself to brush my own teeth.
=== Why this Particular Model? ===
The Braun Oral-B Professional Care 1000 appealed to me for a number of reasons. I didn't want anything fancy with multiple brushing modes and on-board computers so this one-mode, no nonsense model seemed ideal for my basic needs. It also features a pressure sensor to prevent excessively hard brushing - the very issue which I decided to switch from a manual brush - and comes highly approved by the British Dental Health Foundation. The fact that it cost me £30 when I was expecting to have to pay much more was also a bonus.
=== Features ===
- One brushing mode: Daily clean
- 3D Cleaning which pulsates, oscillates and rotates for more effective plaque removal
- 2-minute timing mode which pulsates every 30 seconds for consistent cleaning
- Light-up pressure sensor which tells you when you are pressing too hard
- Oral B Precision Clean replaceable brush head included
- Gold Award recommendation by the British Dental Health Foundation
=== Setting Up ===
Straight out of the box, the simplicity is obvious. You get the main toothbrush with one brush head and a charging unit. This unit consists of a small base to stand the brush on and a cord with a 2-pin plug on the end - so you will need to purchase a 3-pin adapter plug separately if you do not already have one. The instruction booklet was characteristically thick, but thankfully consisted mostly of languages which I couldn't read. The English bit, when found, was brief but a little obvious with the usual dos and don'ts; wash brush head before use, do not stick in ear etc.
The information that was relevant specified a full 24-hour charge before first using so I duly plonked it into charging mode and retrieved my manual brush from the bin for another day.
== Getting to grips ==
It took me a few days to get used to using the toothbrush after been so accustomed to operating a manual brush for many years. The biggest challenge was trying to resist the urge to use it like a manual brush and start thrashing it about my teeth. Instead, holding the brush at a 45 degree angle to your mouth the idea is to gently move the rotating head from tooth to tooth applying small circular movements - remembering to brush all tooth surfaces as well as the interdental areas.
I didn't find the included instructions very clear on the correct brushing technique and although it sounds a bit daft I did have to look up a video online to see the correct technique to make sure I was doing it right (definitely one of the less entertaining videos I have ever watched on YouTube).
The handle is also much larger than a manual brush and takes a bit of adjusting to. That's not to say that it's unwieldy though - the front of the handle has a rubberised grip which I like and I find it easy to hold and control without any issue. Overall, I actually find it much easier to brush my teeth than with a manual brush because there is no need to do the brushing motion - I only have to guide the brush head as it does most of the work.
== Timing is everything ==
Like most electric toothbrushes on the market, this one has an in-built timer which pulsates briefly every 30 seconds and for a couple of seconds every 2 minutes. The idea is to ensure you brush your teeth consistently by separating your mouth into 4 quadrants, spending 30 seconds on each area and 2 minutes overall.
I have to say, I did struggle with this at first and still do to some extent. Half a minute just seems too quick for each quadrant and I feel that I'm rushing and not doing a thorough enough job if I stick rigidly to the timer. Instead, I often take around 3 minutes to brush my entire mouth which renders the timer a bit pointless in my case. It is useful to maintain my concentration though so that I don't end up over-brushing my teeth (and damaging my gums) if I were to slip into one of my usual early-morning catatonic-like states but other than that I find it a bit of an inconvenience.
== Under pressure ==
Unlike the timer, I've found the pressure sensor to be a very useful feature. When you apply too much pressure to your teeth the brush head will flex triggering an LED light on the back of the handle to glow red and the brush will also sound differently as it stops pulsating, but continues to oscillate. It is almost impossible to miss this when it happens and the combined visual and audible warning immediately alerts my attention so that I know to stop pressing so hard. Initially, I found it all too easy to press too firmly with the brush and so the red light used to go off a lot for me. It took me a while to break the habit but now I only trigger it every once in a while, often when trying to reach those tricky back molars. I think it's fair to say that this feature alone has trained me to brush better and has reduced a lot of potential damage to my gums.
=== The Results ===
After using the Braun Oral-B Professional Care 1000 for several months now I am very impressed with the results in terms of cleaning power and my all-round oral health. Immediately after brushing, my teeth feel incredibly clean and smooth all over, especially around the gumline and between teeth, suggesting that residual plaque is not an issue. To be honest, my teeth always felt clean after using a manual brush but the real difference I have noticed concerns my gums. Since I began using this brush I have suffered from very few instances of sore/bleeding gums and I can't remember the last time I had a mouth ulcer. The pressure sensor function has certainly helped here and I definitely brush more gently now and rely on the rotation of the brush head to do the cleaning instead. It took some adjusting to but I now feel as though I have a more gum-friendly brushing routine which still provides a complete clean.
Another point worth mentioning briefly is the noise that it makes. Obviously I was expecting it to be louder than a manual brush but I was a little taken aback to begin with. I would liken the sound to a distant power drill, and by 'distant' I mean just outside. It's so loud that on occasion I have had to brush my teeth in the kitchen on a morning to avoid waking up those who don't have to be up as early as me (I'm too considerate sometimes). Again, the noise is something I've become accustomed to over time but it's still an assault on the ears the first thing in the morning.
=== Battery Life and Charging ===
When the battery is low a red indicator will flash on the handle for a few seconds after you switch the unit off, letting you know that it's time to plug it in. Whilst charging, a separate green light will flash on the handle and will turn off when the battery has charged. The battery claims to last 7 days when used twice daily for 2 minutes each time. However, my tendency to use the brush for more than 2 minutes at a time obviously increases the frequency of which I have to charge it, so I find myself changing it every 4-5 days. The weak battery life is definitely a drawback and remembering to charge it every few days is a bit of an inconvenience. You can of course put it to charge after every use so that it's always fully charged when you need it but this requires you to keep plugging the docking unit into the mains. If you prefer to do this then you will need to ensure you let the battery run down every couple of months to prolong the battery's performance.
Connecting it to the dock is a simple matter of standing it gently onto the dock pad (I've made this name up because I have no idea what else to call it). The brush stands uprights securely in the dock pad which itself has a non-slip base. It is also very compact - only a little wider than the brush handle - and is ideal for placing wherever there is space (i.e. on a narrow sink). I keep mine on my bedside table because I have no plug socket, 2-pin or otherwise, in the bathroom.
The charging time does seem very excessive considering the brush's maximum battery life. From the low battery state I find that the brush can take up to 24 hours to fully charge. Consequently, it's often charging overnight so if you're likely to be disturbed by the flashing green light - which is quite bright in a darkened room - then you might wish to charge it in another room. Or you can take it off charge for the night providing there will be sufficient power for the morning.
=== Brush Heads ===
A pack of 4 replacement Precision Clean brush heads are currently priced at £8.15 on Amazon. This initially sounded expensive to me but works out at roughly £2 per head which is cheaper than most manual toothbrushes which should be replaced with the same regularity - every 3-4 months.
These particular heads feature two areas of blue bristles which will gradually fade and turn white with use, giving you an indication of when they need changing. This is a useful feature for anyone likely to forget how long they have been using the same brush head.
This model is also compatible with all other head types in the Braun Oral-B range (except for the Pulsonic and Sonic types) which you can fit and use interchangeably if you wish. I find the Precision Clean head ideal for me and the bristles are firm enough to provide a thorough clean but not too firm to cause any damage to my sensitive gums.
=== Recommendation and Price ===
I can definitely recommend the Braun Oral-B Professional Care 1000 to anyone considering an electric toothbrush. It's simple and easy to use and gives a brilliant clean without the unnecessary price-inflating extras. The pressure sensor is a great feature if you are prone to heavy-handed brushing like me and this has definitely helped me achieve a healthier brushing routine. Although the battery life lets it down somewhat and the operating noise is excessive, these are minor points compared to the exceptional cleaning quality and simplicity it provides.
You can buy the Braun Oral-B Professional Care from amazon.co.uk for £29.99 which I think is an excellent price. It would have been nice if it came with a carry case for travel purposes but as a budget electric toothbrush I am incredibly pleased with it.
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Get the wow clean with the Braun Oral-B professional care 1000 electric toothbrush. This is the toothbrush I use on a daily basis and i absolutely love it as it really does get my teeth so clean I can feel it and it has helped to whiten my teeth. Braun say that you'll never go back to a regular toothbrush or your money back and I know I will never go back to a manual again as this brush remove up to 100% more plaque compared to a manual toothbrush.
There is a visible pressure indicator on this toothbrush which is a red light on the handset that flashes if you are pressing too hard so it is gentle on teeth and gums which I really like as I know I sometimes press to hard so it's good to get a warning.
The brush head on this toothbrush is round which I like because I find you get a better, more intimate clean than with a traditional shaped long head toothbrush. The science behind this brush is that it is shaped like a dentist tool to cup each tooth for cleaner teeth and healthier gums. I find this round shape is very effective on those incisor teeth next to your front teeth that have the round shape as this brush really does cup them and clean right into the sides where they hit the other teeth.
The brush head pulsates and oscillates so you get a really fast moving brush head, especially when it has first been charged although this brush is brilliant at keeping its charge. The brush will actually last up to 7 days without charging if you use it for a maximum of 2 minutes brushing two times a day and I definitely would agree with this. I have taken this brush on holiday with me and it has lasted over a whole week which is great. The brush comes with a charger obviously and this plugs into the shaver plug in your bathroom.
The brush features something Braun call a professional timer which enables consistent cleaning of the 4 mouth quadrants. As the dentist tells us we are actually meant to brush our teeth for a solid 2 minutes but I would estimate that most people don't get close to this. With this brush it beeps everytime you reach 30 seconds so you know to move onto the next section of our mouth. I find this a bit tricky so usually I just make sure I take note of the timer and brush around my whole mouth for the two minutes straight.
The brush costs in the £40 region which is a great price in my opinion, yes, you have to buy replacement heads for it now and again but once you have the main unit that is it. A toothbrush I definitely recommend.
I have used the Oral B Professional Care 1000 Rechargeable Toothbrush for a few years now since changing from a manual toothbrush and would now always use an electric toothbrush.
The toothbrush is meant to provide outstanding plaque removal even in hard-to-reach areas and is gentle on teeth and gums. It includes the following features:
Rechargeable toothbrush with one mode: daily clean
Gives naturally whiter teeth in 21 days
3D Cleaning (pulsates, oscillates and rotates) to remove twice as much plaque as an ordinary manual toothbrush
Pulsates 40,000 times per minute and rotates 8,800 times per minute
Visible pressure sensor lights up if you are pressing too hard, two-minute quad timer tells you how long you have brushed
Includes one interchangeable head
The toothbrush is packaged in a cardboard box, which contains the electric toothbrush, one Oral B toothbrush head and the battery charger which is on a 2 pin shaver plug. The price of the toothbrush is meant to be £59.99, which is very expensive. However it is usually sold on a special offer at £29.99 in stores such as Boots and Amazon.
My experience of using the toothbrush has mainly been positive. It is at the lower end of the Oral B range but I have found that it is good value for money and some of the additional features (such as a sensitive mode) that the higher specification toothbrushes include I would not use. I also prefer the size of the toothbrush head, which is quite small and compact and fits easily into my mouth (although any Oral B head will fit on the brush)
I definitely feel that the brush cleans my teeth well and it is easy to reach all the corners of my mouth. The timer is useful to ensure you clean your teeth for the correct length of time and I have also noticed the colour of my teeth improving with daily use.
The battery tends to need to be recharged about once a week. However the only negative with the toothbrush is that the battery tends to totally give out after a couple of years (just after the guarantee runs out!) and the whole toothbrush needs to be replaced. I am just about to buy my second one!
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Oral B 1000
From what I know and having used one of the Oral B Pro care 1000 toothbrushes I have to say I am very impressed with the results so far. I have used this product twice a day for the past 12 months and have had no cause to go to a dentist or a dental hygienist. I was so pleased with mine, I decided to buy the same product for my parents and my siblings. They were very happy that I bought them one.
Regarding the all too important price, I have tended to buy them from Amazon or Argos and have paid approximately between £26 and £32. There are times when these are on sale for slightly less than £30.
The toothbrush has a battery which takes around half a day to fully charge, and from my experience of using this twice daily it lasts me approximately 7 days.
I think that these provide fantastic results for the price. I believe that the toothbrush head spins at around 40,000 pulsations per minute. If you buy more expensive Oral B you would probably find that the spinning speed is the same as on the Pro 1000. The action of the brush is very good, and this enables the head to reach at the back of the mouth effortlessly. The brush also has a sensor which flashes a red light if you are brushing too hard.
I would say that for definite, that by brushing with a Oral B Pro care 1000 electric toothbrush will make brushing easier and more convenient compared to using a manual toothbrush. I have found that every toothbrush head lasts around 2 or 3 months before having to use a new head. I would say that I am happy overall with the cleaning results of the toothbrush. It definitely did not give me perfectly white teeth. However it did provide me just about every day whereby my teeth felt as if they had just been cleaned by a dental hygienist.
The design of the Oral B Professional toothbrush is sleek and appealing to the eye. It is easy to use, with the push on/off button. It stands well on the base when recharging, although it can sometimes topple over, which may result in damage. It is important to place the recharger and the toothbrush on a suitable surface.
The pressure sensor light is particularly good to indicate over excessive pressure on the teeth during brushing, which minimizes damage to the enamel or to the gums.
The toothbrush has a daily clean mode which is used when turning the on and off button.
It also has a useful timer whereby the toothbrush cuts out briefly to remind you that a ¼ of the brushing has taken place. I think the timer changes sound every 30 seconds so that you know to change areas of the mouth/teeth.
The toothbrush is easy to handle and the design of the toothbrush head makes it efficient to clean all of the teeth around the mouth. It is very quick and easy to use giving a very professional clean.
After each use, it is useful to dry the body of the toothbrush to keep it clean, and to prevent any deposits of toothpaste on to the charger. This will help to maintain the unit in good working order.
It did take me a while to get used to electric toothbrushes but I now know that this is far better than my experience of using a manual throwaway toothbrush. I can now clean the back of my teeth as well as the fronts. I can honestly say that I have had no problems with my teeth or gums whilst using this Oral B Pro Care 1000.
I always thought electric toothbrushes were a bit of a gimmick to be honest, however after speaking to my dentist, she told me that in fact they are far more effective than ordinary toothbrushes and further research seemed to confirm this. So the question now was which electric toothbrush do I go for. I wanted something affordable but not the cheapest available as I still wanted quality and Braun seemed to pop up everything as the brand to go to. After a little more research I settled for the Professional Care 1000 toothbrush and so far have had no regrets although it has only been two months.
So let's get straight in to the review. There is an instruction booklet but to be honest I haven't read it and I have it stored away with the receipt and the box. The toothbrush itself fits comfortable in your hand. It is thicker than a normal toothbrush but does not really take any adjustment. The design is pretty basic. Blue and white with some sensor lights towards the top which I will talk more about later and then the brush at the top. This brush is a small circular one and not the longer type of rectangular heads from non-electric brushes, although with electric brushes you get a mixture of a few different shapes but Braun tends to stick to circular ones.
There is a power button on the front center and a little pic of a battery and a power adapter which basically light up on the occasions when the toothbrush is running out of battery and also when it is being charged. The light then turns off when it has reached a full charge. It is pretty straight forward to use the brush, but the technique is slightly different than what you may be used to. It can reach a lot of the harder places and does all the work for you as it is constantly brushing. According to Braun themselves the correct method is to go across your bottom front teeth starting from the back of your mouth, then go along the long top of the same teeth and then the back of the teeth. Then repeat this method for your top teeth.
So how hard do you press with the brush? Well that is where the sensor lights come in to play. If you press too hard then they flash red and they are located in a place where you will notice the lights with your peripheral vision. However saying this you need to press pretty hard for the lights to come so use your own judgement. I try to use it as firmly as possible without any excessive force. The brush vibrates after 30 seconds, then every 30 seconds until a total of 2 minutes where this is a longer vibration, this is due to Braun recommending 2 minutes being the ideal length of time you spend on each occasion brushing your teeth. However don't worry if you think this vibration is disturbing, it is a quick light vibration and will not make any different to your brushing experience.
There is a charging point which you plug in to the standard 2 pin plugs. It does seem a little flimsy and I have heard people complain saying the charging point has stopped working, but hopefully mind continues to do so but it is early days yet and if the device does fail I will be sure to update this review.
In terms of price it cost me £30 from Amazon and I have also seen it at Boots at the same price. At the time of this review (10/11/2012), I can see online that the cheapest retailer you can purchase it from is again Amazon and it would set you back £26.31. This is a very good price and from Amazon it comes with an automatic one year warranty. There is a slip of paper from Braun when it arrives in the box and if you sign up online and quote the number if will give you an extra years warranty and I feel two years for this price is perfect. Any time over two years I will consider bonus and by then I may want to upgrade to an even more efficient toothbrush.
Overall I think this is a very effective product and have noticed that my teeth now feel a lot fresher post brushing than they used to with a manual brush. The only slight disadvantage I would give is that a single charge only lasts 30 min or so, so you can get a few brushes in. I would have preferred a brush that lasts weeks like my e-reader, but look it is a minor nuisance, overall this is still an excellent product and I have no regrets over its purchase.
On one of my frequent trips home to the north, I managed to leave my electric toothbrush behind in the bathroom and after a couple of days of manual scrubbing, I decided enough was enough and headed off to Boots for a replacement. After checking out all the many variants offered by Braun, I felt that for what the multi-mode models offered it simply wasn't worth any additional expense and I could do without most of the bells and whistles so plumped for the Professional Care 1000 which is the single mode 'Daily Clean' model. This is currently on sale in Boots for £29.99 plus 116 Advantage points, though I got slightly more being over 60. There are some benefits to being older it seems.
~~ What you get for your money.
The Professional Care 1000 comes supplied with one toothbrush head and a two-pinned charger unit. As I already have an adapter plug this didn't present any problem but if you're buying your first electric toothbrush you will need an adapter plug to be able to charge the toothbrush. The toothbrush also comes with a selection of coloured bands to slip onto the toothbrush head. These are for use when the main unit is being used by several people. The brush comes with a two year warranty, plus a passcode to use if you wish to register your toothbrush and extend the warranty by a further year.
This model is a little slimmer than my previous toothbrush which was the Oral B Precision Clean and it's slightly concave in shape which means it fits well into the hand. The handle is mainly of a plastic construction with the front portion being rubber which, again, allows for a comfortable and non-slip grip and the plastic makes for easy wiping clean. There is a simple on/off button at the top of the handle. Although this is the most basic of the Profession Care range, it still comes with more features than my other toothbrush. In fact, it seems to have an indicator light for practically everything. There's a green light to show when your toothbrush is charging, a red flashing one to show when it needs recharging and another larger red one to the rear of the handle to let you know when you're using more pressure than is good for your teeth.
~~ The toothbrush in action.
It goes without saying that as this is an electric toothbrush, younger children may need some supervision whilst using it and the usual care should be taken to keep the charger well away from water. The brush comes with a long list of don'ts from the manufacturer, most of which are commonsense but Braun are obviously covering themselves against any possible litigation should things go wrong.
The toothbrush comes partially charged so you can use it straight away, however, to get a full charge it will need to be plugged in for 17 hours which then gives at least a week's worth of teeth cleaning. Whilst the brush is charging the green charger light flashes and when the battery is fully charged the light switches off. The battery low indicator light flashes red when it's time for a recharge.
Using an electric toothbrush requires a slightly different technique to manual brushing though it may take a while before new users realise that there's no need to move your arm up and down in the usual scrubbing motion! All that's required of the user is to gently move the brush from tooth to tooth, remembering that gums also need a clean. Oral B claim that this toothbrush provides a 3D cleaning action from the rotating head and that the pulsations break up any plaque, removing twice as much as through manual brushing. I'm not sure what speed the brush rotates at but it produces a pleasant tingling buzz and whether it's down to the 3D cleaning effect or not, it certainly leaves teeth feeling clean.
I'd always assumed that I was using my toothbrush correctly until I began to use this model with the pressure sensor indictor. It's amazing how little pressure needs to be applied to clean ones teeth and whenever the user becomes a bit too heavy handed, the red pressure sensor light comes on and the brush takes on a slightly different sound. The Precision Clean toothbrush heads used for this model are slightly concave allowing the outer bristles to read down the sides of the tooth whilst simultaneously cleaning the biting surface.
Dentists recommend that teeth should be cleaned for at least 2 minutes so this model has a built in timer mechanism. Braun suggest users break up their teeth cleaning into four sectors, upper left, upper right, lower left and lower right. Every 30 seconds the brush produces a little hitch in the rhythm to indicate that it's time to move onto the next sector. Personally, I find it easier to do the all the front of the top teeth, followed by the backs and the same for the lower teeth. Whichever routine you choose, when the 2 minutes is up, the brush gives a more definite longer hitch in the rhythm. By this time your teeth will feel every bit as clean as they do after a visit to the hygienist.
~~ Any negatives?
In a word, No! This toothbrush fulfils all the necessary criteria for cleaning teeth efficiently and effectively and although the 2000 and 3000 models provide additional features for cleaning sensitive areas and polishing and whitening, the Professional Care 1000 is perfectly adequate for most people.
Although the cost of replacement toothbrush heads may seem expensive at around £8 plus for two replacement heads, this doesn't work out much more expensive than a manual brush and the quality of clean is vastly better.
One very slight niggle I have concerns the pressure sensor light. Although it's difficult to say where this could most effectively be placed, it isn't totally effective in its current position at the back of the brush. It may just be that I'm of a nervous disposition (though I doubt it as I'm one tough old bird) but when the red light flashes, it sometimes makes me jump out of my skin because I only catch it out of the corner of my eye. I personally feel that as the flashing light is also accompanied by a slight change in sound, the light is somewhat unnecessary. To my mind, a more effective way of indicating when too much pressure is being used would be a more emphatic sound, such as a buzzing maybe.
~~ To summarise
I'm delighted with my new Professional Care toothbrush which is definitely a big improvement on my previous Precision Clean model. (That will now be remaining up north for use on my visits there.) This brush provides great tooth cleaning, an excellent length of time between charges and all comes at a very reasonable price. I would highly recommend this model and feel that the 2000 and 3000 models would only be necessary for people who suffer with problems of sensitivity in either their teeth or gums. The Professional Care model is a 5 star toothbrush and is well named because it certainly leaves the mouth feeling ultra clean and as though the user had just visited the hygienist.
This is the first electric toothbrush that I have owned but after having my baby I experienced bleeding gums and decided to invest in my teeth!
As soon as I got it home I tried the toothbrush out and I was amazed at how clean my teeth felt, it was as if I had been to the dentist for a professional scale and polish! The two minute timer is fantastic as it means you don't have to think about how long you have been brushing for and it's also useful to have a red light flash when you are pushing too hard (you can still see the light even though you are brushing your teeth at the time!). There is also a battery light indicator on the toothbrush which turns red when it needs charging.
Since I have started using this product my bleeding gums have stopped and my teeth have never felt so clean, I'm much more confident in my dental care and wish I had made the switch years ago. I know there are much more expensive products on the market but this one just goes to prove that you don't need to spend loads of money to get a fantastic product which does exactly the job it needs to do.
Over the years I have had a number of issues of improving and keeping up with the health of my teeth and gums ever since I had my braces. Once the braces were removed I found that my gums became inflamed and I had developed mild gum disease and for many years I struggled to maintain this with a normal tooth brush and found it difficult to find the perfect one for my teeth so it didn't cause discomfort but cleaned them effectively. I lost all hope and eventually I received this tooth brush as a present at christmas time, I was sceptical about it because I had never used an electric tooth brush before and I told myself that i'd be put off the sensation of it - However, once I fully charged it, I gave it a go and I had never in my life felt my teeth feel so clean and look so fabulous!
From the very first use I was impressed and wouldn't swap it for anything else as my gums are getting better and my teeth are getting whiter. What's more is that it comes with a pressure sensor to ensure that you aren't putting excessive strain on your teeth and gums. It lights up red and flashes and makes a small noise to let you know when you're being a little tough with it, which is great as it pretty much teaches you how to care for your teeth properly as you go along.
The only annoying thing about the whole product was the fact that, despite it being bought from a UK boots store the plug was a two prong plug for overseas! So I had to purchase a UK fitting to clip onto that so I could actually charge it. I can't say whether anyone else has had the same issues as myself, although I am aware my mother bought the same tooth brush elsewhere and hers too came with the two prong plug which really is a bit annoying when you're forking out a chunk of money and you have to pay a couple of quid more to be able to use it, but I guess once you get hold of one it's worth it as the tooth brush is absolutely brilliant itself.
As expected with the majority of electric tooth brushes it is quite noisy, which kind of drains you on a morning if you're pretty damn tired but you can't particularly fault it with this as it's so powerful and the battery life lasts about a week for me personally. I brush my teeth twice a day every day so a weekly charge in necessary for this, pretty good going considering I take a good five minutes making sure I've cleaned my mouth properly.
All in all, a great and reliable tooth brush that leaves your teeth feeling absolutely amazing and drastically improves your oral health.
For Christmas, my father and I received electric toothbrushes off my brother. The toothbrush in question was the Oral-B Professional Care 1000. No doubt it was on offer as the most we usually get from him is a hug but still, I was very happy with my present. I've never used an electric toothbrush before having always stuck with the old fashioned manual way of cleaning my teeth so rather embarrassingly, I couldn't wait to give it a go.
What does the product do?
Well the obvious answer is that it cleans your teeth but it always teaches you how to clean your teeth effectively. The brush promises to remove twice as much plaque as an ordinary toothbrush by rotating 8,800 times and pulsating 40,000 each minute. It teaches you how to use the appropriate pressure and how long you should be brushing your teeth for according to professional dentists and it does all this using lights and vibrations. It all sounded pretty space age to me.
If you apply too much pressure when cleaning your teeth, you can damage your gum and shorten the life of your toothbrush. The toothbrush teaches you to brush your teeth gently but effectively by giving your warning signs like a red light coming on, the pulsation stopping and the sound that you hear changing whenever you push too hard. I have always brushed my teeth too hard so I thought that it would be difficult to stop but with all those warning signals, it didn't take long to get out of the habit.
This works on the basis on splitting your mouth into four different sections so that's the top left, top right, bottom left and bottom right of your mouth. The toothbrush gives you thirty seconds to brush each section and when its time to move on to the next section, the toothbrush makes a short stuttering sound which you can't miss. Altogether that means you will have brushed your teeth for two minutes which is the dentist recommended time and in case you've lost track, a long stuttering sound signifies that you are all done. It even allows you to switch off the tooth brush for up to 30 seconds if you need to speak to someone and it will still remember where you were in the process when you turn it back on.
The toothbrush comes with a rather handy charging station in which the toothbrush can stand. The unit is also where you store the device when it is not in use and it lets you know whether you are on full charge or if you are running on empty using lights. The end of the charger is a two prong plug to make it safer to use in the bathroom. I have an appropriate socket in my bathroom but my dad hasn't so he had to buy an adaptor and charge it elsewhere. When fully charged, the product should remain charged for 12 hours based on twice daily usage.
Appearance and Price
The main body of the toothbrush is white and it has a rubber baby blue section which enables you to get a good grip of the product. There is a red strip light along the back of the brush so that you can see it when you are brushing your teeth and the charger lights appear at the bottom. The toothbrush has a simple on/off button which even the biggest technophobe could grasp. The head of the toothbrush is small and round, and it is coloured white and blue bristles. The ones on the inside are shorter than the ones on the outside to ensure that the whole tooth is cleaned. The product comes with its charging station and two separate heads which are simply changed by pulling them off and then pushing them back on.
The price of the product varies widely and can range between £30 and £50 so make sure you shop around to get the best deal. The product is available from many different websites and also from many stores such as Argos and Boots.
The product warns that it may make your gums bleed slightly during the first few days as it will be removing plaque that may have been there for some time. If this continues, you are advised to consult your dentist. Mine did indeed bleed but as promised, this subsided within a few days so I had no problems there. All the pulsations, warning sounds and timing signals are confusing at first but it soon becomes simple and I've now realised that I haven't been brushing my teeth for long enough my whole life and I've been very lucky to get this far without a single filling.
The head of the toothbrush is so much smaller than the head of a manual toothbrush so you use a lot less toothpaste which I guess saves money in the long run. I had trouble in the beginning because when you switch the toothbrush on, it starts spinning and the toothpaste flies off! I've left to put the toothbrush in my mouth before switching it on now! My teeth feel incredibly smooth and are squeaky clean after use. I've noticed my teeth looking whiter and healthier, and my breath is very fresh after use. In fact, I think the best compliment that I can give this product is the fact that on a recent visit to my dentist, he said that he could tell that I had a very good brushing technique from looking at my tooth. What more could I ask for from a toothbrush?
I only have two little problems with this toothbrush. The first is universal to all electric toothbrushes and that is that it is difficult to get the whole brush inside the cheek and along the top back teeth without the pressure sensors going off. This isn't a big problem, just a slight annoyance. The second problem is that it really is quite noisy. When I am using it in the bathroom, it can sound like an angry bee and irritate my partner for two minutes. It also frightens my dog although she is pretty much scared of everything. Those are the only two bug bears I have about this toothbrush and neither would prevent me from continuing to use this product.
All in all, this is a really good toothbrush that has finally got me brushing my teeth in the correct way. They look whiter, feel smoother and appear healthier and even my dentist has complimented me on my teeth. The product is simple to use and it is easy the grasp the meaning of the signals. I can't see myself returning back to the old do it yourself toothbrush ever again.
I have never used an electric toothbrush before and decided to give one a go after a friend recommend how good they were in general. I did a lot of research and picked the Oral B Professional Care 1000, I got one for myself and my husband, as they were half price in Boots just after christmas, they usually retail at £59.99.
Detailed Product Information (courtesy of the Boots website and the box my toothbrush came in):
Oral-B Braun Professional Care 1000 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush has been carefully designed to offer you and your family a unique brushing experience that is both safe and effective. For clean teeth and strong and healthy gums, Oral-B Professional Care gently cleans in areas where plaque bacteria can collect. It provides outstanding plaque removal even in hard-to-reach areas and is gentle on teeth and gums.
Oral-B Braun Professional Care 1000 Technology:
Full/low charge indicator
Oral-B Braun Professional Care 1000 Features:
3D Cleaning (pulsates, oscillates and rotates)
Pulsates 40,000 times per minute to break up plaque
Rotates 8800 times per minute to sweep plaque away
1 mode - daily clean
Ease of use:
Visible pressure sensor lights up if you are pressing too hard
2 minute timer so you spend the right amount of time brushing
Compatible with all oscillate/rotate interchangeable heads
What's in the box:
Oral-B Braun Professional Care 1000 electric toothbrush
1 precision clean brush head
Charging station with brush stand
The toothbrush is white and blue and has an easily detachable head, so brush replacement and cleaning is very easy. The toothbrush comes with a recharging station, that you sit the toothbrush on and plug into the mains, its flashes green whilst charging, this only comes with a twin head plug, you need to buy an adapter, if you do not have a twin pronged socket in your bathroom. When you first get the toothbrush you have to charge it for about 17 hours, and once charged it lasts about I week, when brushing twice daily. I find that throughout the week the toothbrush tends to loose a bit of power, so would recommend charging it up every 4-5 days rather than when the red light indicating it needs charging flashes up.
The brush is easy to use, though at first it a bit weird as you do not brush your teeth like with a regular manual toothbrush, you simply glide the toothbrush over each tooth and your gums and it does all the work for you. The brush head is fairly small and can reach into all the nooks and crannies of your mouth and overall you are left with clean set of teeth that feel clean when licked over with your tongue. I also find that as the brush head is small, I am only using a pea sized amount of toothpaste, as recommend, before I would use more on my regular toothbrush, so my toothpaste is lasting a bit longer. If you use too much pressure when brushing the toothbrush vibrates and flashes and then you just ease up on the pressure, this is a useful feature, as my husband did tend to use too much pressure with a manual toothbrush judging by the bristles on it. Also the toothbrush runs on a two minute cycle and gently pulsates when you need to move on to the next section of your mouth, this ensures you get an even clean.
Overall I have had a good experience using this toothbrush and am glad I made the switch to electric, I would recommend to others.
After using the Vitality toothbrush for 2 years I found it harder and harder to find the brush heads so I decided to just invest in a new one. I am so glad I did because this Oral-B brush is so much better in my opinion. Although this brush can retail for around £50-£60 I found it for half price so it is possible to get a great product for a relatively low price.
One feature of this particular toothbrush is the red light on the back that flashes when you are using too much pressure on your teeth. For me this is a great feature as after the first few times using this brush you learn what the appropriate pressure to use is and you won't do it too hard again. Another feature is the buzz that sounds after 30 seconds to indicate that you need to move to the next quarter of your mouth. Dentists recommend brushing your teeth for 2 minutes and this brush gives you helpful reminders to comply with this advice. To ensure that you don't brush for too long and risk damaging the enamel when you have brushed for 2 minutes the brush buzzes for 3 rotations telling you to stop. You cannot confuse this final buzz with the previous ones as it is longer so this is very helpful.
The toothbrush comes with 3 heads but once you have used these you will need to buy replacement heads. I have found these easy to find in supermarkets but they are quite pricey for only 3. To charge the brush, a little pod is provided but it comes with a 2 prong plug for a shaver socket which is annoying as I don't have one of these. I got around this issue by buying an adaptor (you can find these for less than a pound) and keeping it permanently attached to this. The charging pod is smaller than the one that came with the Vitality which is great if you're short on space like me. I keep it on my bedside table and it doesn't take up much space at all. There is a battery symbol on the front of the brush that flashes green when it is charging and goes off once it is fully charged which is another handy feature. The charge lasts for a few days before you can feel it getting less powerful so I recommend keeping the charging pod plugged in so you can charge the brush overnight.
When I made the change from manual to electric toothbrush I felt a huge difference in the cleanliness of my teeth. You will never want to return to a non-electric as your whole mouth feels better. It takes a little while to get used to the vibrations and not moving your hand up and down, and some people experience bleeding gums at first, but it is all worth it. My advice would be to make sure that you turn it on once it's in your mouth to avoid toothpaste flying all over the bathroom! I would recommend this high quality product to anyone.
Choose the Oral-B Professional Care 1000 Electric Toothbrush for a complete brushing experience, with its 3D Cupping action that effectively removes plaque to give you a clean healthy mouth / This toothbrush removes up to two times more plaque than a manual toothbrush, while being gentle on teeth and gums / The one brushing mode, Daily Clean, will give you a complete hygienic brush every day / The two-minute timer also makes sure that you brush for a full two minutes, while the Pressure Sensor makes sure you are not brushing too hard / The LED indicator informs you about the battery charge, and the brush head storage is convenient to store your replacement brush heads / The Oral-B Professional Care 1000 Electric Toothbrush is an essential tool for complete oral hygiene / Technical information Type of brush Electric toothbrush Speed Pulsates 40,000 times per minutes Rotates 8,800 times per minute Clock timer function Yes Shower function No Other functions One daily clean brushing mode Type of head 1 x Oral-B Precision Clean brush head Power supply Rechargeable Included accessories Portable SmartPlug Charger Handle 1 brush head Colours Blue & White / Short name: Oral-B 1000