Product Type: Braun electric toothbrushes
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Oral B squeaky clean.
Oral-B Professional Care 2000
Member Name: ask_eve
Oral-B Professional Care 2000
Advantages: Works well, leaves a nice clean feeling in the mouth, easy and simple to use
Disadvantages: Expensive replacement brush heads
When looking at electrical toothbrushes, I have to admit they all look rather similar. Aside from the price differences I can't really tell the difference between the minor functions they peform.
The brush itself looks pretty similar to most electric toothbrushes. It's got a long, thick blue and white handle with the on and off switch on and a thinner removable head ontop. The brush is a nice size so fits perfectly in your hand. The head of the brush is changeable so you dont' have to replace the whole brush, just the heads when they're worn out.
The toothbrush comes with two different heads in the box, a precision clean brush head and a floss action brush head. I tend to stick with the precision brush head as it looks more like a normal toothbrush head. I find this is quite easy to use and the heads are really easy to swap over, just pull it off and pop the other one on.
The brush has two different speed settings, normal daily clean and sensitive. The sensitive mode is used for people with sensitive teeth and gums. I tend to use the normal setting as I don't usually suffer with sensitive teeth or gums but I've tried the other mode because, well it just has to be done doesn't it. Dentists recommend that you clean your teeth for two minutes, morning and evening. The toothbrush comes with a times on it which lasts for two minutes. It buzzes every thirty seconds to tell you to move to another quarter of your mouth which I thought was a problem at first, it keeping on buzzing until I realised what it was, then I thought it was a really good idea. It helps you to evenly clean your teeth and helps avoid missing spots out when you're reminded to move around. I tend to clean my teeth one at a time, hovering the brush over the tooth and letting it clean it for me when I've got time. When I'm in a rush, it's a quick 2 minutes whiz around my mouth.
I have to say what I've read in other reviews about turning the brush on before you put it in your mouth. This isn't smart and is something I've done on more than one occasion, you end up wearing the toothpaste as does your sink and mirror so I highly recommend switching it on once it's safely in your mouth!
There's a little light indicator on the front of the brush telling you how much battery it has left. Mine's always full as I leave it on charge throughout the night and take it off in the morning when I brush my teeth. The brush comes with a little white base that you can prop the brush onto to charge. It's good that the brush isn't left lying down or squished into the pot with the manual toothbrushes although the base is quite flimsy. Also, you need to buy a two-pin adaptor plug if you don't have a socket in your bathroom which is something a lot of people forget about. They're not too expensive and can be bought from Asda and Boots. I was lucky that my bathroom had one in as I hadn't even thought about it.
I use this brush with whatever toothpaste I'm using at the time, usually a colgate toothpaste. I wet the brush, add a pea sized amount of toothpaste and clean my teeth individually. I tend to put a little more focus into the front teeth as these are the most visible ones. When I've got time I'll rinse with mouthwash after brushing and I must say my mouth is left feeling lovely and clean. When looking at my teeth after brushing, they appear cleaner and I can't see any plaque or tiny bits of food (Sorry, gross, I know!) which means the brush is working effectively.
I haven't had any problems with the brush in the couple of months I've used it. I've cleaned it once or twice, just the handle and bass and ensuring there's no leftover toothpaste on the head which is quick and easy to do.
I feel the only downside to this brush is the price of the heads to buy. Boots sell them at £16.49 for 4 heads which is really dear, especially if more than one person in the household uses an electric brush. Having a snoop online, they're around the £11 mark on amazon which is a bit cheaper but you still have to pay delivery so you're probably better off shopping around in stored like Asda and Boots to see if they have any offers on them.
Overall, I like this toothbrush a lot. It works well and is really simple to use. I rarely change the settings on it so think the amount of features is perfect as any more would probably go to waste anyway. It is expensive so I would definitely recommend that you wait for it to go on offer as I'm sure it will again. Since using the toothbrush I can't say I have a hollywood smile or anything but my teeth feel cleaner and my oral hygiene seems generally better, probably because I actually brush for a full two minutes twice a day now where before I just guessed. Definitely worth the money, sorry manual brushes!
Summary: A great toothbrush to use on a daily basis.
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