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I have a superb dentist, whose advice I generally accepted without question, but when he advised my using an electric toothbrush, I thought it was just an expensive gimmick and would soon fall from favour as do most new gadgets coming onto the market. Therefore, for a long while, it was one piece of advice I kept putting to the back of my mind.
However, after having teeth scraped mercilessly by the dental hygienist on an all too regular basis, and realising electronic toothbrushes were here to stay, I decided to purchase a Braun, Oral-B professional care, 3000 electric toothbrush at the dentist’s surgery last year, costing about £54. They are coming down in price; I see some on Amazon for £49.
The whole package included three brush heads, the toothbrush unit, housing a rechargeable battery and a charger stand that had a case attached to hold any accessories. The charger had a two-pin plug, therefore, a three-pin adaptor is required if charged from the mains outside the bathroom. I also found a tongue scraper and an attachment that held plastic interdental flossers, plus twenty flossers in a small case.
Apart from the electric toothbrush, charger and spare brush heads, I am not sure the other items are supplied routinely, because I saw no reference to them in the instructions and before I could use them had to ask at the surgery what they were.
The brush has three speed modes for rotating and pulsating the brush heads, the first is for general cleaning, the second is a slower version of the same action for sensitive teeth and the third is a more rigorous action to remove stains, they call this one, the whitening and polishing mode.
It is recommended we brush each quadrant for thirty-seconds and the unit, stutters at 30-second intervals, indicating that sufficient cleaning of each quadrant has been achieved. A red LED on the unit shoulder flashes when too much pressure is applied to the teeth and gums.
A green LED at the base will flash when battery needs charging and whilst charging but remains steady when fully charged, which takes approximately 12 hours.
Within six months of my starting to use this electronic toothbrush, my teeth and gums had significantly improved, both hygienist and dentist have noted the difference
I found that, as well as brushing the teeth in the normal way; aiming the brush under the gum lines, helps prevents plaque build up where flossing or TePes rarely had much effect.
Coupled with interdental care with the Sonicare, the Oral-B electric toothbrush is reducing the build up of plaque by a considerable amount and of course the time spent in the dentist’s chair.
I have been using Braun oral B electric toothbrushes for many years as I think they do a much better job of cleaning my teeth than a manual brush can achieve. A few months ago I decided it was time to change my ancient Oral B bush as the unit was showing signs of wear and the plastic toothbrush head holder had split. Browsing on Amazon I liked the sound of the Oral B 3000 unit and as it was on offer for £39.99 with 3 brush heads I decided to buy one.
Whats in the box.
The box contains a waterproof toothbrush unit, 3 brush heads, a charging station with brush head storage, instruction leaflet and 2 year warranty. The back of the box also has picture instructions for use.
Before using the brush it needs to be charged via a shaver socket. It comes with a 2 pin plug so is ready to go! If you don't have a shaver unit in your bathroom you will need an adapter.
There is a white plastic *collar* that needs to be fitted onto the base where the brush unit fits. Once this is in place the brush sits onto the base and can be charged. To the right of the charging station is space for 4 brush heads complete with plastic cover to help keep everything clean.
The 3 brush heads supplied include 1 precision head, 1 floss action head to help get between teeth and 1 3D white brush head designed to give advanced whitening.
Using the brush.
Let me begin by saying that my dentist highly recommends using an electric toothbrush and has told me he thinks Oral B is the best on the market. An electric brush is far more effective at removing plaque and keeping gums healthy than a manual brush. This model pulsates at 40.000 times per minute and rotates at 8.800 times a minute and it requires little effort to achieve a really good clean.
The unit is slimmer than my previous model (not sure what it was called!) and is easy to hold and control. There is a really useful indicator light around the top of the unit that glows red if too much pressure is applied when brushing. This is especially good for my youngest son who has a habit of using too much pressure when cleaning. The pulsating action will also stop if too much pressure is being applied.
The on/off button is easy to operate and is also used to change modes. The unit has 3 modes including daily clean, sensitive and polish. I tend to use daily clean although have used the sensitive mode when I was suffering from mouth ulcers. To active the modes you simply press the on/off button through the modes. Sensitive mode will reduce the speed of the brush, whilst the polish mode alternates between a fast and low speed. I am really not sure how the polish mode works and think it's a bit of a gimmick. I prefer to leave polishing and stain removal to my qualified hygienist!
Like other Oral B models this unit has a useful timer designed to *stutter* at 30 second intervals so you can spend time on each area in your mouth. When you have reached the recommended 2 minute brushing time the unit will *stutter* for a longer time.
I leave the brush charging in its unit so it is always ready to use. The manufactures claim that once fully charged the brush will operate for 12 hours. When it is charging a green light flashes and then becomes constant once the brush is fully charged. When the charge is getting low a red light flashes.
As I have already stated I think that electric toothbrushes do a much better job of keeping teeth and gums healthy compared to a manual brush. I find this model very easy to use and really like the slim waterproof handle.
My old unit stored the brush heads inside the changing unit and I found it impossible to clean! This unit has the brush storage located to the side of the charging unit and it is very easy to keep clean. The flip over lid ensures the brushes stay clean.
The brush heads are easy to fit onto the handle. Each brush has a metal coloured cuff so you can identify the owner of each brush head.
The pressure sensor works well and prevents you from applying too much pressure that could damage teeth and gums.
The replacement brush heads are readily available and all oscillating and rotating heads are suitable for this unit.
The unit has a 2 year guarantee.
And the cons....
The RRP of the unit is £99.99! However it is available for around £45 from most retailers including John Lewis, Argos and Boots. I purchased mine from Amazon for £39.99. I really do not think it is worth the full asking price!
The daily clean mode is really all I need and I do think that the polish mode is a bit of a gimmick! I have tried it but can't say I noticed any difference in the whiteness of my gnashers! The sensitive mode is rarely used in our household although I did find it helped when I had a sore mouth.
The plastic flip cover that protects the brush heads is quite flimsy and I suspect that my heavy handed boys will break it before too much longer! This was a problem with my old unit and that lid snapped after about 6 months.
The toothbrush heads provided all seem to do the same job as far as I am concerned. I use floss anyway, but really don't think the floss action brush is very efficient. The 3D white brush head seems the same as the precision variant too.
Overall I would highly recommend this unit. If you are unhappy for any reason then Braun offer a full 30 day money back guarantee.
This is the latest item that I spent my Dooyoo earnings on in the form of the Amazon vouchers that I always opt for and on Amazon it was half price (and still is as I have just checked) however it is still not exactly cheap for a toothbrush as it cost me around the £50 mark, at the moment you can get it for £48.65 so like I said this is quite a considerable purchase for a rechargable toothbrush however it is an impressive piece of kit and I have noticed the difference in the quality of the clean that I get when using this.
The Oral B 3000 toothbrush does certainly give you choices, for a start there are four different head types to utilise and there are three different modes that you can set for the toothbrush, there is the bog standard daily setting that I tend to use all of the time however if you teeth are feeling sensitive then there is a softer option that you can go for. There is also a polish mode that really does leave your teeth feeling very smooth and I tend to use this about once every two weeks. It is a really powerful toothbrush indeed, there are 8,800 rotations a minute apparently according to the box and it is not only spinning but moving in three directions so you are supposed to get a better, more thorough clean and my mouth certainly feels like it after using this.
The stand that it sits in also has storage space for each of the other heads and has a green indicator light to signal when the brush is full charged. The brush at the moment is holding its charge really well and I reckon on having to recharge it every 10 to 14 days so in effect you could probably just about get a two week holiday out of a fully charged toothbrush. When using the toothbrush there is a timer facility that signals every 30 seconds so you can allocate an even amount of time to each area of your mouth as you are supposed to brush your teeth for 2 minutes at a time. You know when the 30 seconds are up as the toothbrush has a short intermittent action to the brushing action so you do not have to listen out for anything as you know when the change is needed.
It is well designed and easy to grip and it is also easy to remove the heads and to keep it nice and clean after use just by swilling with water. The brush heads are nice and compact as well so it is easy to manoveur.
The results are great and while the full rrp is the equivalent to a painful visit to the dentist hopefully using this will make my teeth healthier and means that visits for treatment are not needed.
At the age of 26 I have always used a manual toothbrush, but I recently decided to purchase a electric brush as my husband always uses one and has perfect teeth. I purchase the Oral B professional care 3000 toothbrush from Boots at a sale price of 49.99. I think this is reasonable when you compare it to other toothbrushes with similar power which are a lot more expensive.
The brush comes with three different cleaning heads, a storage compartment and charging unit. It is extremely easy to use and set up self explanatory. The brush has three different settings, one for everyday brushing the second for pulsed brushing and the third for whitening. The setting is chosen by simply pressing the on button either once, twice or three times. There is a sound difference between the different settings. When you use the brush, it recommends brushing for two minutes and every thirty seconds it pulses twice to remind you to move on to the next quarter of your mouth. This ensures that all your teeth are brushed evenly, I find this a very handy feature. To clean the brush it is recommended that you run the brush whilst on under water, I usually do this for around 30 seconds. Another very good feature is the flashing light that appears if you are brushing too hard and therefore preventing gum damage. Using the brush takes very little effort, and I can already after 3 weeks notice a difference in the cleanliness of my teeth. The brush gets between the teeth and prevents plaque build up.
The only downside to the brush is the length of time it takes to charge. It takes approximately 24 hours, and I have found that it lasts around about a week. There isn't an indicator to tell you when the battery is almost dead therefore it can often be a waiting game. The brush comes with a shaving power plug, i have bought an adapter so that it can be used in a normal UK plug.
Overall a very good electric tooth brush
Oral B Professional Care 3000 electric toothbrush is one of the best electric toothbrushes I have used in my honest opinion. I bought this about two years ago and it was quite expensive at £45. I bought mine from Amazon.
I personally prefer it to the manual brushes I have (and I have used a lot of manual brushes, despite people thinking I am odd for having worked my way through so many types of brushes and toothpastes) but I am always on the quest for brighter and white teeth and a nice white smile. I would get them professionally whitened if I could only afford it.
This is an impressive electric toothbrush. It has a light indicator to tell me when it needs to be recharged and also tells me when it has been fully charged. It has a timer to tell me how long I have cleaned my teeth for (which I personally find very useful) and a pressure sensor.
When I first started to use this brush I found my teeth used to bleed quite a lot and so I only use it about three times a week and I use the manual one for the rest of the time and my teeth and gums can still sometimes bleed now even.
It has an oscillating head with an impressive 40,000 pulsations and three heads which are fully interchangeable.
It has a great 3D cup application which manages to get hold of the tooth and surrounding gum and give the mouth and teeth an excellent clean.
It gets rid of so much more plaque and ood debris than my normal toothbrush and makes my teeth feel really clean and nice and fresh.
I would definietly recommend this electric brush.
Review also published on Ciao as sorehead
Since buying an electric toothbrush, I have started to brush my teeth more. With a regular toothbrush I tended to brush too hard or too softly, whereas with this electric toothbrush it guides me to apply the right pressure. Excessive pressure can cause painful gum problems and bleeding and it is not necessary, even though most people think that hard scrubbing will remove plaque. If too much pressure is applied with this brush, the noise sounds different and there is a red light on the neck that glows. Coupled with this I always got bored while brushing my teeth and never managed to brush them for long enough. This toothbrush makes a different sound when two minutes is reached. This is the recommended length of brushing time.
I'm over the moon with my toothbrush and really pleased with the feel and look of my teeth. I would be wary from swapping to electric from regular though as for the first couple of goes my gums bled when using the brush, however my mouth had gotten used to the new experience it was fine and I would not go back to a regular brush!
*what's in the box?*
1 x Professional Care 3000 rechargeable toothbrush
2 x Precision Clean brush head
1 x ProBright brush head
1 x Sensitive brush head
1 x charging stand
The toothbrush is light and the handle is rubberised making it easy to hold, especially with wet hands. The soft-grip rubberised handle also lessens the vibrations you feel in your hand while brushing. The handle is
long and slim and you can really take a good hold of it and angle it in your mouth. The whole thing is waterproof which is perfect for me because oddly, I love to brush my teeth in the shower. It makes me feel clean all over and time is really precious! If I can multi task then why not!
The brush moves at 8800 rotations a minute, pulsating and sweeping across the teeth with hardly any pressure needing to be applied. These 8800 rotations are pretty noisy though and my boyfriend is not impressed when I get up for work at 6am and start cranking her up. The amount of rotations offered by this toothbrush far outnumbers many other electric toothbrushes and makes it one of the most powerful on the market. The more work it does, the less you have to do for a perfect clean feel.
There are 3 different modes on the toothbrush and can be toggled between by the on/off button on the toothbrush handle. When switching the toothbrush on first time it will always be in the Daily Clean mode. The next mode is the sensitive mode and accessed by simply pressing the on/off button again and then repeated to get the polish mode.
Although all the different heads are compatible with each mode, they recommend that the sensitive brush head is used in conjunction with the sensitive mode. The sensitive brush head with softer bristles is for those with sensitive teeth and gums.
The daily clean mode is the regular mode and one that I always use. This mode is best used in conjunction with the Precision Clean brush head. I would describe this brush head as rather firm but you do not need much pressure to achieve results. The size of the head makes it perfect to angle the brush towards the usual hard to reach places such as the back teeth and behind the front bottom teeth. My teeth feel fantastically fresh when I use this toothbrush and head. I love running my tongue across my teeth afterwards as they feel smooth and clean.
The last mode, the polish one is to be used mostly with the ProBright brush head. The ProBright brush head bristles are rubberised and supposed to help naturally whiten teeth. I did use this feature at first but did not see any results and gave it up when the novelty wore off. Out of all the modes, I like the sensitive option the best because when I had my teeth cleaned by a dentist and they felt sensitive and sore, I could still brush my teeth during the evening but I could use the lighter mode to prevent that uncomfortable feeling.
Occasionally I have to stay over at hotels when working or when I go on holiday, I always take my toothbrush with me. Mine came with a free blue case that has room for the toothbrush and a couple of spare brush heads.
It is a little bulky to carry and can take up valuable room, I try and ensure that I do not have to take the charger with me though. The charge light indicator will let you know how much charge you have left in the toothbrush. The green light on the handle flashes when the toothbrush is charging. When the toothbrush is fully charged the light will glow continuously for 5 seconds and then switch off. When the charge is low the red low charge indicator will start to blink before turning off. It takes around 18 hours to get it to full charge and this lasts about 30 minutes of brushing time or around 5 days for my usage.
The heads are quite expensive but I have managed to get a 16 pack of the regular precision clean heads for £26.00. It is compatible with lots of other oscillating heads but I am sticking to the oral B ones. As with most things, it works out cheaper to buy them in bulk. After five months in I've just changed the first head. This is easy to do, they simply pop in and out.
*Price and availability*
I'd recommend this product; for price I think it money well spent. I paid £49.99 for my set and bought it from Amazon.co.uk.
I have been using the same Braun Oral B Professional Care toothbrush for about 4 years now. I absolutely love it, it leaves your mouth feeling so clean for so little effort and time. 2 minutes is all it takes. The timer (which goes every 30 seconds, the aim being to spend 30 seconds on each quarter of your mouth) is very handy for managing your whole mouth and ensuring you don't miss any areas or concentrate too much on others. Took a little getting used to the first few times I used it though, I had the timer going off when I'd not even finished the top, so used to manual was I. The multi speed setting can be used for sensitive areas without interrupting the timer as well, allowing for further tailoring to your own specific needs.
The toothbrush is easy and comfortable to hold too. Only complaint is the battery takes such a long time to charge, but that's just 'one of those things'. It does last well though, mine is still holding charge for a decent time (over a week) until it's too slow to use, or cuts out completely. Mine usually takes 24-36 hours to charge, which is only annoying when you go to use it and it's not there because it's still charging!
If you're still using a manual toothbrush in the main, not only would I recommend you switch to electric but I would suggest investing in a trustworthy brand such as Braun. You can choose from a whole host of different replacement heads too. Your teeth and gums will thank you for it!
Me and my boyfriend just was in Morrisons in Newark and randomly saw this toothbrush. It was £80 which is a lot for just a toothbrush but these are seriously amazing. We both impulse bought one. We then had to travel round and find an adapter because the plug is a plug for a bathroom which neither of us had. We looked around and just couldnt find one. Then it came to mind "Idiots - lets try Wilkinsons". We went there and straight away found one. I cant remember exactly how much it was, but Im pretty sure it was under a pound.
It said you have to charge it for like a full 16 hours before using it. I completely forgot about mine and left it in the car, but my boyfriend really wanted to try his. So he charged it and a few days later he used it. He said it was really amazing. I thought I'd give mine a go so I cahrged mine for hours on end then used it the next day.
WOW! Honestly, I could not believe how my teeth felt. They were so smooth and clean. The cleanest they had ever felt. Im not even over exagerating. Cleaner than when you've had your teeth cleaned at the dentist. It was mega fast and surprised me on how it felt. I use it everyday for 2 minutes (which is the recommended time).
The charger is a sort of stand, you wouldnt even think it was a charger because it has no metal bits or anything, but I guess it wouldnt have because its supposed to go in a bathroom. My toothbrush needs charging about every three weeks. I just plug it in over night. It indicates it needs charging because the battery icon starts flashing red when you turn it off after using it. Because me and my boyfriend have the same toothbrush we use the same charger, the one that came with mine is still brand new. You can tell when its going to need charging because it starts to get slower over time. It isnt a loud toothbrush, it ist silent but it isnt exactly noisy. Its completely waterproof so you dont have to worry about getting it wet.
I suffer with bad teeth, I have all my life. With my old manual brish my gums used to bleed quite bad, but its quite rare they do now since using this brush. There is a light on the back of the brush towards the top. When your pushing too hard it tells you by flashing red. If you hold it on your teeth too hard it will just stay red until you release it. I feel with this toothbrush its less of a hassle aswel and some days when Im in a rush, I can just wip over my teeth in like 10 seconds and they still end up feeling clean.
It comes with three heads all together. One is for sensitive teeth. Also there is a sensitive setting. If you turn the brush on, its just normal then if you press the on/off button again it turns it to sensitive which I would just call slower. If you press it again it turns it off. I would honestly never go back to a manual brush, I never could knowing the results of this one.
This toothbrush seems expensive but you can get cheaper ones, and more expensive ones. Also around Christmas time they usually have an offer on which is all Oral B toothbrushes half price. You should definitely buy one then. Its so worth it.
Working as a model as I do, I am expected to look my beat from top to toe at all times on a shoot, yeah guys it is not all about boobs and bums. My hair has to look good, my skin has to look good and my teeth have to be pearly white.
I get a lot of help with my hair and makeup and although I do of course brush my own teeth I now get a lot of help there too with my superb Braun Oral-B Professional Care 3000 toothbrush.
Costing me £44.99 (which was on special offer) it is by far the most expensive toothbrush I have ever owned but it is also by far the best, it has four changeable heads and three settings (daily, sensitive and polish).
I have never suffered from sensitive teeth so I have not used that particular setting but I have used the other two and there is a significant difference as to how the brush works.
As well as the settings there is also a timer, the timer times two minutes which is the recommended brushing time set by the dental health industry but as well as timing two minutes it also gives a little vibrating noise after every thirty seconds so you can accurately time the brushing of the four quadrants of your mouth.
This is a very powerful toothbrush; it rotates nearly 9000 times per minute and pulsates over 40,000 times per minute, Braun reckons this brush removes twice as much plaque as a normal toothbrush using what they call 3D cleaning.
This is a rechargeable toothbrush, to charge it from flat when purchased took around 8 hours but now I charge it once a week for less than that and it lasts me no problem and I often brush more than three times a day.
One last handy little feature of this toothbrush that I should mention is its pressure sensor light, a little light that comes on if you are pressing too hard a dentists say brushing too hard can be bad for the tooth's enamel, so you do get a very good and very accurate cleaning of your teeth with this brush, Braun really have thought of everything.
I certainly find my teeth feel smoother and cleaner using this than using any other brush and I would recommend this brush highly to anyone but look out for offers because I have seen this brush costing upwards of £80 in some places!
Having noticed my teeth start to yellow a bit as I get older, I finally decided to take the plunge and buy a proper electric toothbrush rather than a manual. I did have a battery-operated brush many years ago but never noticed any superiority over a manual, so this time decided to follow the good advice of reviewers and purchase an electrically rechargeable specimen.
I ordered my Braun Oral-B Professional Care 3000 from Amazon for £47.95 with a slightly heavy heart - I'm only used to paying about 40p for toothbrushes. I was shocked to discover the normal RRP is £99.99! I'd never pay that.
Anyway, so far I've been very pleased with my investment, on the whole. My teeth definitely feel a lot cleaner, and I think they look brighter. The manufacturer promises whiter teeth in 21 days - I've been using this for 4 weeks now and I'd say they are perhaps a little whiter, although not dazzling. Another claim is that this brush removes twice as much plaque as a manual brush - I think this could be true.
The thing I like best about the brush is its versatility as 3 different brush heads are included - precision clean (which I normally use), floss action and 3D white for polishing. The heads are quite small, making it easy to reach the difficult spots, and on the 3D mode the brush moves in several different ways making for a very thorough clean.
Other nifty features include a 'stuttering' sound every 30 seconds to remind you to move onto the next quadrant of your mouth, and a longer sound after 2-mins to signify the end of brushing - 2-mins is the time recommended by dentists (I always thought it was 3?!) Additionally there's a little red indicator light to tell you if you're brushing too hard, although as a gentle brusher anyway I've never seen this warning yet.
Charging the brush is probably the thing I find most annoying about it. I seem to have so many rechargeable items these days I'm constantly tripping over recharging units of some kind! Irritatingly the plug is a two-pin bathroom variety - how many people have plug sockets in their bathroom?! So I have to accommodate the recharging unit in my bedroom with everything else. It also takes quite a long time to charge, and then the battery lasts a week or so. I know other people seem quite pleased with this, but personally I think that if you're only getting 28 minutes of brushing after hours and hours of charging then the product really isn't as energy efficient as it could be.
Additionally the brush heads are fairly expensive - about £3.50 for one - however they apparently last really well - mine is still in great condition after 4 weeks. You can use any Oral B brush head except pulsonic/sonic.
Overall I'm very happy with this brush. I do feel I'm doing the most for my teeth and gums and so far would say the money was worth paying.
I actually purchased my Oral B 3000 when shopping for replacement heads for my own electric toothbrush. I guess I am a sucker for a good deal, and the RRP price point of £99 was accompanied by a £65, BUY ONE GET ON FREE sign. I'll have that!
Being previously used to replacing AA batteries every now and then, I was delighted with this rechargeable model. It came with a few different heads. Being male, I went for the largest but the good lady tells me that they all do different things, for sensitive teeth, for brightening and for regular cleaning.
The built in timer is great, but on the days where I sometimes don't have a full two minutes, I leave feeling guilty, or more often the toothbrush wins and I leave late, so I suppose it's doing me good in that sense.
I could talk about revolutions and pulsations, but I don't know what either mean, or if I could tell the difference with less or more! What I will say is that is does leave the teeth feeling clean, and also my gums well massaged, and at just over £30 a pop, good enough for me!
It took some getting used to at first, going from a regular toothbrush to a battery-operated one, in that the brush-heads are miniscule. It does allow you to be more flexible with your brush though, allowing you to clean difficult areas, and - after a few weeks of using one - I can say that an electric toothbrush is undoubtedly better at cleaning teeth than a regular brush. Using an electric brush for the first time does feel odd, but I do feel as my teeth are cleaned more thoroughly.
As for this toothbrush specifically, there are numerous positives. For one, the charge time is very good - charge the power on the brush up to full and you can use it without charging it again for days, meaning you could probably take it on a short holiday with you without having to bring your charger along. There are some nifty features on it, too - aside from the three differing brush heads (pro-bright, sensitive and precision clean) that tailor to your needs, there is also a red light that flashes when batteries are low or when you're brushing your teeth too hard and a timer that helps you measure how long to spend brushing. All very clever, surprisingly more intelligent than my last toothbrush, which I believe was from Poundland.
The sound that emanates from the brush also isn't too bad - there is some noise but I expected it to be much worse, which could always cause problems when brushing teeth at night and others are in bed.
This toothbrush's current best price would appear to be £49.99, when some have spoken of having got it at a discount at around £30. If you're willing to wait, it might be worth holding on for a sale as £50 is a fair bit of money for a toothbrush. Still, at least its better than the £99 (!) retail price, though there aren't many places that would charge you that amount anyway.
The Braun Professional Care electric toothbrush is the latest in the "Professional Care" range - noting that the numbering may be confusing as 1000-3000 are the newest models and 4000-9000 are older models.
I decided to buy this one off amazon over Christmas last year as my old toothbrush (Professional Care 9000) was starting to take forever to charge. And Over the last 4 months, I must say that I have not been disappointed.
Firstly, the product was at ~60% off, so I paid a mere 32 quid for it with free delivery. Not only that, but I was a Prime customer and the delivery didn't actually occur when it should have, forcing me to go pick it up myself from Heathrow. So Amazon being the nice customer centric company they are refunded me 15 quid, making this an absolute steal.
Secondly, I noticed that this toothbrush didn't chew through the brush heads nearly as fast as my old 9000. I'm still on my first brush head after 4 months and should be changing it about now due to the loss of blue coloring (the indicator of brush head life) and it hasn't ended up spiking the hair in all directions. Looking back at my 9000, I had to change the brush head every month to minimize risk of personal injury!
So taking a long term view with brush heads costing around 3-4 quid each (though bought in multipacks), getting a newer brush and (carefully!) disposing of your old one will work out cheaper.
Thirdly, I noticed an immediate difference in brush-feel. Odd word, but it seems to clean more thoroughly and is less monotone if that makes any sense! Still, being attached to my old brush's function, I'm only really using the daily clean option, not the sensitive (other than to clean the brush after brushing my teeth) nor polish (why would I need to polish?!).
Something that I very much liked about this brush compared to my old one is that it will flash a red light several times when the battery life is low and it won't brush a lot weaker and slower like the 9000 when that happens. With my old brush, when it went low on battery, brushing would take much longer and the brush would stop half the time because it couldn't move the weight of the toothpaste anymore!
Another feature that's included with the 3000 is yet another red indicator flashing light that will tell you when you are pressing too hard with the brush. As I do tend to get carried away at times, this is very useful to prevent damage to your gums.
I could give you loads of technical details about the brush, but copy/pasting is not really my thing, so you can safely read those in your own time on the manufacturer's website!
***ORAL-B PROFFESSIONAL CARE 3000***
This toothbrush made by Oral B gives outstanding cleaning for naturally whiter teeth and healthy gums. Its 3D cupping action features 40,000 in-and-out pulsations and 8,800 back-and-forth oscillations per minute to remove plaque. There are 3 brushing modes: Daily Clean, Sensitive and Polish. The two minute timer helps to ensure you brush for a full two minutes. The toothbrush is gentle on teeth and gums and removes up to 2 x more plaque than a regular manual toothbrush; it also removes stains for naturally whiter teeth.
You can look at different toothbrushes and also buy from www.oralb.co.uk. I got my toothbrush form boots which cost me £48.94 as they have ½ price on selected Oral-B professional Care electric toothbrushes. This offer how-ever is only on for a limited period and this toothbrush will normally cost you approx £97.89.
***INCLUDED WITH THE TOOTHBRUSH***
* Oral-B Precision Clean Brush Head
* Pressure Light
* On/Off button (mode selection)
* Charge indicator light
* Low charge indicator light
* Basic Charger
* Brush Head Holder
* Brush head compartment with protective cover
(Please note the last 2 things depend on the model of the toothbrush)
Pressure Sensor - This helps to protect your teeth and gums from hard brushing. If too much pressure is applied when cleaning your teeth the red sensor light will come on this will remind you to reduce the pressure. In addition to this, the toothbrush will also make a different sound.
Professional Timer - At each 30 second interval you will hear a short stuttering sound which reminds you to brush equally for all four quadrants of your mouth. A long stuttering sound indicates the end of the recommended 2 minute brushing time.
Different brushing modes - These include a daily Clean for exceptional mouth cleaning. Sensitive which gives a gentle yet thorough clean and Polish which gives exceptional polish for occasional or everyday use.
***CHARGING THE TOOTHBRUSH***
Before using your toothbrush you will need to put it on charge which will take approx 14hours in order for the toothbrush to have a full charge. The green light on the handle flashes when the toothbrush is charging. When the toothbrush is fully charged the light will shine continuously for 5 seconds and then switch off. When the charge is low the red low charge indicator will start to blink before turning off. You can store the toothbrush handle on the charger everyday to maintain full power.
***USING THE TOOTHBRUSH***
With the toothbrush comes 3 different brush heads which include one for exceptional cleaning, one for polishing and another one for sensitive teeth. Place the brush head onto the handle and apply toothpaste to the brush head. To avoid splashing guide the brush head to your teeth before switching the toothbrush on. Simply guide the brush head from tooth to tooth and brush the gums as well as the teeth. There is no need to scrub or press to hard as the brush will simply do all the work.
There are 3 different modes on your toothbrush and they are activated by the on/off button on the toothbrush handle. When switching the toothbrush on first time it will always be in the Daily Clean mode. To change the mode to the sensitive mode simply press on/off button again and then repeat to get the polish mode.
When using your toothbrush for the first time your gums may bleed slightly, this should stop after a few days. It does however mention that you should consult your dentist if it persists after 2 weeks and it recommends you to sue the sensitive mode if you have sensitive teeth and gums.
***PUTTING IT TO THE TEST***
The toothbrush is light to hold and easy to change the brush heads. It's also very simple to charge and the brush head compartment is great for storing the other brush heads as it helps to keep them clean as well. I put some toothpaste onto the brush head and guided the toothbrush into my mouth ready to switch the brush on. The button was easy to press and soon enough the toothbrush started giving my teeth a nice thorough clean. You can clearly tell after each 30 seconds as the toothbrush does stutter. I thought this was a great idea. After cleaning my teeth I ran the brush under the running water to clean it and then wiped the handle and brush head dry.
When using this brush for the first time my gums did bleed, but this did disappear within a few days. My teeth felt like they had a good, deep clean and they looked a lot cleaner than when I was using a manual toothbrush. My mouth felt a lot cleaner and fresher. Later on in the day my teeth did hurt from using the toothbrush so I decided to use the sensitive mode for a few days. This was a lot gentler but also felt like I was getting a good, deep clean as well. Changing to the different modes on the toothbrush was very easy.
***CLEANING THE TOOTHBRUSH***
When you brush is on simply run the brush under the running tap and then wipe the handle and the rest of the toothbrush with a dry towel. You can also wipe out the holder which hold's the other toothbrush heads too, to keep it nice and clean.
After using this brush for the first time I did notice a difference in that my teeth felt a lot cleaner and it did feel like I was getting a better clean than I would with a manual brush. My teeth also looked whiter as well. Although this made my gums bleed a little for the first few days of using it this soon disappeared. The 30 second intervals are a great way to make sure you brush all 4 quadrants of your mouth and the pressure sensor is great to tell you if you are applying too much pressure on your teeth and gums. I would highly recommend this toothbrush to others, although it's quite pricey when not on offer it's well worth investing in a good toothbrush, to help get rid of plaque and build up on your teeth. Please note how-ever it is still important to have regular 6 month checkups with a dentist.
(review also on ciao)
Whilst this obviously doesn't have quite as many features as its more expensive brothers, there is still an impressive amount of selling points packed into this toothbrush. The 3 different heads provided (precision clean, pro-bright and sensitive), the red light which tells you when you're brushing too hard, the timer which helps you to measure how long you should spend brushing each part of your mouth; all of these are things you would expect to find on a pricier model and all of them are really useful.
The brush itself is effective and leaves teeth feeling considerably cleaner and smoother than my old battery operated toothbrush. Those used to `normal' toothbrushes may find the brush heads a little small though.
The brush is not too noisy, unlike some other toothbrushes, and it's also nice and light which means brushing is less of a chore. The charge lasts an impressively long time as well, with the brush often lasting a week between charges. This is really useful if you don't have a plug socket in the bathroom or space on a bathroom shelf for the charging stand and wish to keep it elsewhere.
I wouldn't suggest paying full price for this toothbrush as the recommended retail price is a little high compared to what else you can get for the same amount of money, but providing you can pick this up for less than half price (which is usually easy to do with these sorts of brushes) then I can recommend it.
The RRP of this product is £99.99 but it can currently be bought from Amazon.co.uk for £48.63, and is often also available in supermarkets or stores like Argos at reduced prices.
(updated from my review on Amazon.co.uk)
Choose the Oral-B Professional Care 3000 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 / It removes surface stains for naturally white teeth / The three customised brushing modes (Daily clean, Sensitive and Polish) make sure your teeth are pampered and fresh / a two-minute timer also makes sure that you brush for a full two minutes / The Oral-B Professional Care 3000 Electric Toothbrush is an essential tool for complete oral hygiene / Technical information Type of brush Electric toothbrush Speed Pulsates 40,000 times per minute and rotates 8800 times per minute Clock timer function Yes Shower function No Other functions 3D cleaning technology 3 brushing modes (daily clean, sensitive and polish) Type of head Oral-B Precision Clean Oral-B Pro Bright Power supply Rechargeable Included accessories Handle 3 brush heads Portable SmartPlug charger Charging station with Brush head storage Colours Blue / Short name: Oral-B 3000