Product Type: Braun electric toothbrushes
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Not all the bells and whistles but plenty of flashing lights
Oral-B Professional Care 1000
Member Name: ladybracknell
Oral-B Professional Care 1000
Advantages: Cleans teeth efficiently and effectively at a reasonable price.
Disadvantages: Not sure the pressure sensor light is absolutely necessary.
~~ 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.
Summary: A superb toothbrush which offers great cleaning and a long period of use between charges.
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