Product Type: Braun electric toothbrushes
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Entry-level brush good quality for all
Oral-B Professional Care 500
Member Name: Goldfever
Oral-B Professional Care 500
Advantages: Cheap, improves dental health, good features
Disadvantages: Short cable length and long charge time
I started using an electric toothbrush earlier this year because of a much-reduced sale price online. I've wanted to use one for a while and thought there isn't a better time than when its 1/3 of the usual price!
Generally speaking, I'm very impressed both with brushing my teeth with an electric toothbrush, the Braun Oral-B 500, and with the price I paid for it. You really can tell the results of using an electric tootbrush, even a more basic model like this one, over a manual stick. It is easy to see that my teeth are whiter, my gums are more healthy and apparently there's less plaque build-up too according to my dentist. Given that my dental health has improved that alone is a good enough reason to recommend it to others regardless of cost! This is with the use of just the most basic type of toothbrush heads - other types are available including a 'flossing' one which is actually in the pack as well, but I haven't used as I already had a big pack of floss in my bathroom. I suppose this would advance your dental health even further if you chose to use the more encompassing types of toothbrush head.
The toothbrush itself is a solid starter model in my opinion. I started with it because of the low price (less to lose if I didn't like it or if I wasn't satisfied), the trustworthy brand and the few features it has. This model rotates 7600/m and pulsates up to 20000/m if you hold it correctly (I'm not being Steve Jobs here, but if you press too hard on your teeth it slows the head significantly and damages the brush). If you press really too hard, the brush stops until you behave yourself - this is both beneficial to your teeth & gums and to the brush head as it minimises damage. The number of rotations and pulsations per minute is ample for anyone, as far as I can attest.
A really good feature is that it vibrates(!) every 30s to let you know when to move onto another quadrant of your mouth, and vibrates a lot after 2min to tell you you're done (but you can continue if you haven't finished the whole of your mouth). Personally, I was under the impression that there are 6 'sections' of teeth, but I trust Oral-B to know more about dental hygiene than a teenager so there we go.
Obviously the brush is entirely waterproof for general use which helps with keeping it clean - after brushing all that's needed is the head to be detached and rinsed under the tap, and then the metal pulsating & rotating part on the main unit to also be rinsed - easy! Many people already notice this but heads are provided with little colour rings to attach to the bottom, which is needed to distinguish between different people's toothbrush heads - I don't know where we'd be without these coloured rings! Its a little thing but very useful.
The charge that the unit holds is good for at least 7 days of individual use - i.e. 7 days of 2x2minutes. This isn't just what's claimed on the box, I always achieve at least a week's charge. This is perhaps not groundbreaking but quite useful as it means I just charge it every Sunday night for convenience.
If there is one downside to this unit, it is that it takes an age to charge - 8 hours or so - which seems like an awfully long time for such a small appliance. It's more difficult considering that the cable attached to the dock unit is really quite short. Braun really didn't think this through as most 'shavers only' plugs are up at mirror-height or at least above the sink in many households - I have to stack up my toilet roll to get the dock close enough to the plug.
Overall, I'm sold on electric toothbrushes - once you have the unit it is no more expensive than a manual toothbrush these days, and significantly improves dental health. The fact that Braun models are significantly discounted online is just another reason to go forth and try it for yourself.
Summary: Perfect entry-level toothbrush for converts
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