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      14.01.2013 21:02
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      I wouldn't want to be without it.

      I had never tried an electric toothbrush. The Oral B is approved of by dentists in the UK. It was given to me as a present and I now, always, want to use an electric toothbrush. I had noticeably whiter teeth after the first brushing session. My dentist has already told me I should be using an electric toothbrush but I didn't listen. The dentist was right and I was wrong.

      I believe that this was purchased in Tesco when it was on special offer for around twenty-five pounds.

      Heads:

      The heads need replacing every three months just as you would replace a manual toothbrush. Mine have lasted longer but when they heads look a bit tatty and feel different, I know I've pushed them to the limit. The head can be pulled off to reveal a metal stick. Push on the replacement and job done. The brush head bristles are divided into three parts in order to do different things; to clean the teeth, between the teeth, and the coloured bristles deteriorate to indicate that the head should be replaced.

      The toothbrush comes with two heads and one is a replacement head. There are different head options such as one for whitening and one for flossing. I can't say which is better because my teeth feel good with both. However, with the slightly more expensive flossing head, I find I don't need to go through the normal flossing ritual and this pleases me greatly. I've bought replacement heads when I've seen special offers and they last a long time so are not a great expense if bought on offer..

      How to use:

      There is no need to press hard. Pressing too hard with my manual brush removed enamel. With the electric toothbrush it works at a good pressure you just need to let the brush whirr over your teeth without pressing down. It's very easy though you might have to spit a few times, whilst brushing, before you can rinse.

      The toothbrush has a thick, sturdy, easy-grip handle so that it doesn't fall through wet hands. It is also waterproof. The top part is ridged and I'm afraid the old toothpaste can clog the ridges. Instead of wasting the old manual brush, it could be used to clean the handle of your electric toothbrush!

      The toothbrush comes with a small instruction guide. It's a simple toothbrush to use with no complicated settings to fuss around with. All you have to do is put on the toothpaste, place in the mouth and put light pressure on rubber button on the handle which starts the brush heard turning. Brush over your teeth in the manner that is described in the leaflet that comes with the toothbrush. Spend thirty seconds on each quarter of your mouth. The vibration changes every thirty seconds as a reminder to move on. Press too hard and it pulsates to warn you of the errors of your ways. The product is described as having '40,000 pulsations per minute to loosen plaque and 8,000 oscillating-rotating movements per minute to sweep it away'.

      It buzzes very loudly and I can't hear people speaking to me unless they shout and even them I'm guessing every other word. It doesn't matter though because I have sparkling, clean teeth.

      I giggled the first time I used this because of the funny vibrating sensation in the mouth but I'm truly used to it, which is a bit of a shame, because I don't laugh out loud when I'm brushing my teeth anymore!

      When I brushed with an ordinary manual brush I would get bored and believe that a quick brushing would do. It of course, does not suffice, so that's why an electric toothbrush is so important. The brush not only determines the pressure without me taking that decision, because the manufacturer has set it to oscillate at a set speed, but also has a set time to run. This is the amount of time required to brush your teeth, not too short or too much. I still get bored but the toothbrush is whirring around so I have to wait until the timer is cut which means I do get the correct amount of tooth brushing time which is for two minutes twice a day. I know that I did not brush for two minutes when I had a manual brush. Sometimes, to evade the boredom, I hum to myself whilst I brush.

      The charger is a white plastic stand with a two prong plug on it. This is very annoying as it comes with this continental plug rather than the British three prongs and no adaptor is provided. The toothbrush must be charged for twelve hours. In the past the toothbrush has become slow and then stopped before the two minute requirement is up for brushing. I have now learnt how to prevent this by making sure I place the toothbrush it the charger, which is plugged into the wall, every Friday night. I leave it to charge all night so that it is ready to brush my teeth on Saturday morning with full speed and it remains charged a whole week which is better than a mobile phone. It is meant to last two whole weeks but as it doesn't make it quite that far I've established this fail safe weekly routine.

      The brush leaves my mouth feeling clean and my teeth smooth, when I run my tongue along them and my toothy pegs are noticeably whiter. My dentist has not complained and so far I don't have a single filling. It's also a small head which means I never gag, something experienced with larger toothbrushes.

      I give the toothbrush five stars because it is an excellent, twice daily tool, for my oral hygiene, and I would not like to be without it. It is still going strong from heavy use. I can feel the difference on the odd days when I've swopped to a manual toothbrush. The electric toothbrush is the winner every time.

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        24.08.2012 18:49
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        Electric brushes are the way to go!

        Studies now show that brushing your teeth with an electric toothbrush is much more effective than manual brushing.


        The key to good tooth brushing is all about technique. If you have recently switched from a manual brush to an electric your natural instinct is to 'brush' with the electric, but this is not the case and a lot of people make this mistake. The oral B oscillating head is made to do the work for you so all you have to do is place the head onto the tooth at the gum margin and hold. Work in a methodical pattern starting and finishing at the same place, brushing the outside, inside and top surfaces of the teeth. We should all be brushing our teeth twice daily for a minimum of 2minutes, and one of the best features of the brush is the built in timer which pulsates every 30seconds indicating to move on to the next quadrant. If you haven't used an electric brush before, it's a weird sensation at first but over a few days it just becomes normal. It's great for tricky areas like over lapping teeth and hard to reach wisdom teeth.


        In my option you can tell the difference between manual and electric brushing greatly, with the electric your teeth feel cleaner and fresher. It's also a good way to keep down stains whether it's smoking, tea, coffee or red wine which is you guilty pleasure. The electric is also great for minimising plaque build-up, the advantage of this being the hygienist has less to do at your routine clean! The brush is light weight and very simple to use and has been designed so it won't damage your teeth or gums.


        The Oral B 8000 will initially need to be charged for a good 18hours before it's good to go and should last approx. a week and will notify you when the charge is running low with a red warning light and a beeping sound. The best way to hold the charge is to fully charge and let it run down. It includes a charging station and 2 heads with different colour codes so great if you want to share the main Braun handle and then have your own tooth brush head. You should replace your toothbrush head every 3months and I find buying a pack of 3 replacement heads works out cheaper than buying just the 1.


        Overall the Oral B 8000 is a great buy I think average price being £35-£40. I personally use this brush at home and always feel my teeth are clean and mouth feels fresh. My only complaint would be it doesn't come with an adaptor plug as it's a 2 pin which if you don't have a shaving point in your bathroom you will need to go buy the adaptor plug.

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          14.05.2011 11:13

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          A good brush

          I used to use an electric toothbrush years ago, but never got on with it so stopped using it. However I recently saw an half price offer in boots and thought I may as well try if for the money. There are both good a bad things about an electric toothbrush. To start with the battery only lasts a week if used twice a day for the recommended two minutes. It also takes 18 hours to charge fully so if it is used twice within the day of charging, it would need and extra 5 hours on top of the 18. This is too long for a toothbrush. However, it does make cleaning easier and does whiten your teeth after a few uses.

          If there were anything I would change it would be the size of the brush; if it were a little large I would be happy. It also occasionally makes my gums bleed but that will stop in time, so the booklet says. The toothbrush is not the thinnest, which is good as it stops your hands feeling the vibrations so much.

          The toothbrush can be bought from Amazon for £29.99. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to try a cheaper electric brush before getting on a little more expensive.

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          22.12.2010 14:27
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          Excellent

          OVERVIEW:
          I was always getting into trouble when I visited my dentist, so followed their advice and decided to buy an electric toothbrush. I was told that an electric toothbrush can clear up to twice the amount of plaque as a manual toothbrush, which in turn, would save me an ear bashing every six months!!

          Around the same time, Boots were selling their range of Braun Oral B Professional Care toothbrushes at half price. This meant I was able to pick up an Oral B 8000 for just over £24, a price I felt was well worth paying to protect my teeth.

          STYLE & DESIGN:
          The toothbrush itself consists of two main components; a handle and a removable brush head.

          The handle is ergonomically designed which makes the brush easy to manoeuvre in order to clean those hard to reach areas. The back of the handle has a soft rubber coating which prevents your hand slipping when the handle gets wet. I find that toothpaste tends to dry on this area but is very easy to clean by running under cold water.

          Braun manufactures a number of different brush heads which are interchangeable with this toothbrush. These heads are designed for different purposes and include floss action, precision clean and duel clean (which utilises two moving brushes).

          The toothbrush has an inbuilt sealed rechargeable battery so no need to insert batteries. When the charge is getting low a red light appears and the toothbrush starts bleeping. Re-charging the unit is easy using the portable battery charger supplied. You just place the toothbrush on the charger (ensuring it's dry) and then plug into the wall. An intermittent green light will be displayed to show that the battery is charging. I usually leave on charge for a couple of hours which seems to do the trick.

          MY OPINION:
          I find the toothbrush extremely easy to use and have achieved some good results. When I first bought the product I had to charge the battery for about 12 hours. With regular use I find that I have to recharge the battery about once every two weeks.

          The feature I like the most is the toothbrush helps to time your teeth cleaning by vibrating at 30 second intervals. The idea is that you clean quarter of your mouth each for 30 seconds. The total time spent cleaning your teeth is therefore two minutes, which seems a long time when you are waiting for that final vibrating buzz.

          I find that with regular use I need to replace the brushes about every six weeks. The replacement brushes can be expensive, (depending on the type) so I tend to buy these when they are on offer in the supermarket.

          I travel quite a bit in my job, and find the toothbrush and charger fit into my travel bag really well. It is definitely beneficial to be able to use this toothbrush just as easily away from home.

          CONCLUSION:
          As I have used this product for a while now, I can genuinely feel the difference over a manual brush. My teeth feel much cleaner as a result and I have taken less of an ear bashing at the dentist. Happy days!!

          Thank you for taking the time to read my review.

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            08.11.2010 15:14
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            Great toothbrush - definately buy it

            I have been using electric toothbrushes for over 10 years and the difference they make to your teeth compared to a standard toothbrush is amazing. A few years ago the sonic toothbrushes came into fashion and I swapped by standard electric toothbrush for one of these. However after a trip to the hygenist I was told that this was not a good toothbrush and that I should buy one of Oral B's professional care brushes.

            I went home and checked this with my sister (a dentist) and she agreed that the professional care brushes are now the best on the market. I decided to go for this 8000 model which although pricey is one of the best.

            You can pick these up now for about £45. They were more expensive a couple of years ago when I got mine.

            The toothbrush comes with a base for charging and 2 heads with colour coded rings - perfect for different members of the family. The bristles are in a compact round shape which makes it very easy to brush all teeth even in tricky gaps if you have crooked teeth. The brush will vibrate on your teeth which is a strange sensation if you have never used an electric toothbrush before but you soon get used to it.

            The brush will pulse after 30 seconds. You are supposed to spend 30 seconds on each quadrant of your mouth. I know I should but I don't bother with this.

            The toothbrush also has a flashing red light and lets out a beep when the battery needs charging. This may come as a bit of a shock the first time you hear it but it is actually a useful feature.

            I was told that once the toothbrush gets a couple of years old you should keep it permanently plugged in as the battery doesn't hold the charge as well and the brush speed isn't as good. So far I have not had to do this. I find the battery holds it's charge well and the brush speed is fine.

            My teeth are so much cleaner from using this brush and I no longer see a hygenist seperately from my dentist. It really does keep plaque at bay.

            The toothbrush is easy to clean, is comfortable to hold and has a waterproof handle - you can brush teeth in shower if in a rush!!

            I think at the price you can pick this up for now it is definately worth the money.

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            18.09.2010 18:01
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            Good Brush

            I normally use a standard manual tooth brush, however for my last birthday I received an oral b 8000 electric toothbrush and as a result will never go back to standard brushes.

            Electric brushes used to put me off due to the price. However as I received this as a gift I was very happy. The brush cost £25 in a 50% sale reduced from £50. This seems good value, especially considering that its an oral b which seems to be the market leader on such products.

            The brush comes with 2 heads and a charging base. The brush takes around 12 hours to fully charge. Whilst this may seem like a long time the perfect thing about this brush is that once fully charged it claims to last 2 weeks. This is rare for an electric brush as they usually last half this amount of time. I don't find the lengthy charge a problem as I put it on before bed then its ready to go by the next afternoon. However I do find it lasts slightly less then 2 weeks. I brush my teeth twice a day for around 2.5 minutes and it lasts around 10 days.

            The brush is very simple with an on/off button and a light that flashes red and beeps when the brush needs charging. The nice feature about this model is that every 30 seconds of use it vibrates, letting the user know it is time to swap sections of mouth. After 2 minutes (recommended tooth brushing time) the brush shakes letting you know it is fine to stop whenever you wish.

            The brush itself cleans very well getting near enough every millimetre of tooth clean. Its soft bristles that don't hurt the gums but clean well enough.

            The main downside to this brush, and all electric tooth brushes is the price of the replacement heads. They are normally minimum £7.99 which seems quite expensive. However on the plus side the heads last longer than a normal tooth brush, and you get 2 of them in the box.

            After you have finished brushing you need to wash down the entire brush and 'gunk' can build up quickly...which is disgusting.

            Finally after reading the box I have discovered there is a 30 day money back guarantee if you are not totally satisfied...so you are nothing lost in trying it out!

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            14.08.2010 20:53
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            A really effective product, but comes with a big price tag for a toothbrush

            I have used an electric toothbrush for the last two years, after my parents bought me the Braun Oral B Professional Care 8000 for my birthday. My step mum swears by her electric toothbrush, so she thought that I ought to have one as well. This model costs almost eighty pounds, so there is no way that I would have gone out and bought one of my own accord, but I was very pleased to have recieved one as a present, as I had heard such good things about them. I have had a look online and you seem to be able to get them for only about half this price if you shop around.

            The toothbrush comes with a base that it sits on to charge, but you can leave it off the base most of the time. The toothbrush flashes to show when the battery is low, and when it is fully charged. It looks great in blue, and the fact that it stands up on its own means that you don't need a toothbrush holder, which inevitably gets all mucky. It also comes with a spare head, so you can replace it when the brushes lose their stiffness, like you would with a usual toothbrush. I have found that the bristles remain far stiffer than they would with a conventional toothbrush though, so you don't have to change them very often at all. If you eventually do need to change the head again, you can buy a pack of two replacements for around ten pounds.

            The cleaning effect of the brush is definitely better than a manual brush. I had never really noticed before, but a normal tooth brush really doesn'y clean your teeth fully, especially if you are like me and you only want to brush your teeth for a minute. With the Braun electric toothbrush you don't need to brush your teeth for hours, but the power of the brush gives a really deep clean that removes all plaque. It isn't too powerful that it hurts your gums though, which is good. It has a pressure sensor which is supposed to help protect your gums and this seems to work.

            After having praised this product so much, though, I am still not sure that I would buy one myself. If they were twenty pounds I would definitely buy one, and at thirty pounds I probably still would, but certainly not at eighty pounds. It seems to me that however effective the product is, I can't see why a reovolving head needs to cost so much. If you can grab a bargain I would absolutely recommend the toothbrush, but I am not sure they are worth it at full price.

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              24.12.2009 13:41
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              Best electric toothbrush I've ever had

              If you have been thinking for a while about a change from a manual toothbrush to an electric one buy this one! The recommended time for a manual brush is 3 minutes whereas with an electric one it is 2 minutes, not only is the time you have to spend brushing your teeth less you do not have to tire yourself out by scruubbing as hard as you can because the toothbrush does it for yo.

              The Professional Care 8000 is extremely simple to use and makes it a lot easier to brush your teeth due to a number of useful features. When the toothbrush has a less electricity than what is needed for an optimum brush a light flashes red when you turn it off. The charger is easy to use and can be simply plugged into the shaving recharger slot and will recharge the toothbrush very quickly. After being fully charged the toothbrush will last last for over a week and a half (at two 2 minute brushings a day) before telling you that it needs to be recharged. This means it lasts for a lot longer than other simililar electric toothbrush products and so saves you electricity. Also the toothbrush will divide your brush into 4 sections as after 30 seconds it will begin to vibrate in stops and starts indicating that you should then start to brush another quarter of your teeth.

              Although the toothbrush has a fairly high cost at around £40 I would recommend it to you due to it being very efficient at cleaning your teeth and the number of features on it that can be used to help to brush your teeth better.

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              23.12.2009 17:02
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              Much better than a manual tootbrush and well priced

              This a great tootbrush that gives a rigorous clean but isn't too abrasive. I have found that some electric toothbrushes feel uncomfortable especially if you have sensitive gums but this isn't a problem with this toothbrush. I even used this toothbrush when I had still had braces and found that it was gentle enough for this to not be problem and I achieved a much better result than I could have gotten with manual brushes.
              The thing that makes this electric toothbrush better than others is the indicator which flashes red when it needs recharging. This light will also flash green whilst charging which means you don't have to recheck if everythings plugged in correctly. I have also found that the toothbrush doesn't need as much recharging as I'd feared. Of course this depends on how long you use it for but it lasts a good amount of time and doesn't need to be constantly plugged in.
              Overall I think its a good toothbrush at a fair price when compared to other models.

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                08.09.2009 23:07
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                Durable toothbrush with great battery life

                We've had this toothbrush for about a year now and think it's a great electric toothbrush. It comes with a plug in docking station which makes for easy recharging, you simply place it on the station.

                As we all know the recommended brushing time is 2 minutes, I do wonder how many people actually do this! This toothbrush splits the 2 minutes out into 30 second sections, one for each quarter of your mouth, at which point there is a couple of pauses in the vibration, this means it's time to change quarters! In my opinion this is great as it helps you to ensure that you are spending equal amounts of time on all your teeth.

                I think that the handle is nice to grip and feels comfortable in your hand, it's also not too heavy so you don't get achey arms, although some children might struggle.

                The heads are easily replaceable, we buy the general Oral B heads which fit this model. They have some blue bristles which over time turn white, so you can tell when it's time to change your head. The coloured rings which come with the heads make it easy to identify which toothbrush head is yours, you don't want to be halfway through brushing your teeth and realise you're using the wrong one!

                You know when it's time to recharge because as you are using it you will hear a soft beeping sound, the first time it did this I was wandering around the bathroom trying to work out what on earth that noise was, until I realised that the red light on the front of the handle was flashing! When this happens we place it on the charging station overnight and it's fully charged by the next morning.

                It only needs charging about once a week so I think that this is a great battery life.

                This is currently on sale at amazon for £32.99 and includes the charging station.

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                  08.06.2009 00:11
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                  great product at a good price

                  I've had this toothbrush about a year and it is still functioning brilliantly. Lasts about a week on the charge but I do tend to top it up a bit more often to keep it running at full power. Easy to buy replacement heads and although it is only me using the unit, I like the colour coded rings in the packet of heads so that a different family member can using the same base with their own toothbrush head. Replacement heads are a bit pricey but thats the same with all electirc toothbrushes.

                  Only thing that I find is that the bottom of the head can get mucky with dried on tootpaste etc so I have kept an old head and use this under hot water to clean around the top of the unit/bottom of the head regularly. I also find that drying the toothbrush unit with a towel or tissue after use only takes a second and keeps it much cleaner and more hygenic.

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                    05.06.2009 15:45
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                    Best toothbrush on the market

                    I bought this toothbrush 6 months ago for £24.99, a real bargain as the RRP is £50.00. After using this toothbrush you can really tell the difference between standard manual toothbrushes aswell as other less expensive electric toothbrushes.
                    When fully charged, the battery lasts for many uses and rarely needs to be charged. It also keeps the brush speed at full power until the battery runs out instead of gradually getting slower like other electric toothbrushes. This is useful as you get the best out of the toothbrush all the time.
                    Once the battery is about to go, a flashing red light and beeping sound occur which can be quite alarming at first but is quite a useful feature.
                    I think it is one of the best toothbrushes available and it is regularly available at much less than the recommended retail price.
                    Overall, a great toothbrush and an essential piece of equipment for all oral hygiene experts.

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                      11.01.2009 12:38
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                      Cleaner, shinier, whiter, squeeky clean peraly whites!

                      I may be ancient but there is one thing I have that some much younger men do not and that is my own teeth. I have looked after my teeth almost religiously and continue to do so.

                      I recently purchased a new toothbrush and for the first time I have gone electric. My choice of electric toothbrush after careful consideration was the Braun ORAL-B PC 8000 DLX D 18.581 X, god only knows why they have to give it such a long title but there you go, it is also known as simply the Braun Oral-B Professional Care 8000 which is a bit easier on the tongue!

                      This brush comes with four interchangeable heads and has both oscillating and pulsating cleaning technology, you can alter the speed settings to suit and the battery is rechargeable so no need to be continuously forking out for new batteries.

                      I have found that in the few weeks of using it my teeth definitely feel cleaner than ever before and seem to stay that way longer too, I guess this is down to them getting squeaky clean to start with leaving no building point for future plaque.

                      The vibration is fairly gentle on low speeds and certainly not uncomfortable which I had feared it may be. Braun is of course a huge company and their oral B range is excellent and this brush is no exception.

                      I paid only £29.99 for this in the sales shortly before Christmas and it was thirty pounds very well spent in my opinion. I had often seen these as just a marketing plot but they do actually clean way better than normal brushing.

                      Bill

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                        A great electric toothbrush.

                        After a recent visit to the dentist I had a lovely scale and polish and my teeth looked lovely and white. My quest then began to keep them looking like that as it is hard being a tea and red wine drinker as well as a smoker!

                        I have always used manual toothbrushes so started looking at electric ones as they claim to remover twice as much plaque. Luckily I didn't buy one straight away as I was lucky to receive this toothbrush from my mum for my birthday! I wasn't offended as she knew I was looking at buying one for myself anyway!

                        **Features**

                        This toothbrush has a small compact round head. The head is made up of three different types of bristles which are blue, green and white in colour. The three different bristles are as follows:

                        *Flexisoft bristles that clean the teeth
                        *Interdental tips that clean between the teeth and along the gum line
                        *Indicator bristles that signal when the brush head needs replacing.

                        The head is designed to surround the tooth so that you get a deep clean.

                        This toothbrush is one of the more basic Oral B models as it only has one mode of cleaning. Once you press the start button the timer gives you two minutes of brushing. These two minutes should be split into 30 second for each quarter of your mouth. Once the 30 seconds has passed the head will vibrate to indicated this.

                        This brush also has a pressure sensor built into it. If you press too hard the pulsations will stop to prevent you damaging your gums.

                        The pulsations of this tooth brush are 40,000 per minute which loosens the plaque. The head also has 8,800 side to side movements per minute to sweep the plaque away. Blimey, that's a lot of movement going on in your mouth!

                        **Price**

                        The recommended retail of this toothbrush if £49.99. Oral B are currently running a special offer though and many of their brushes are half price so this one was £24.99. A real bargain!

                        **My Experience**

                        I must admit that having used a manual toothbrush for nearly 30 years this one did take a bit of getting used to! In places it really tickled my gums and nearly made me sneeze! I also thought that the two minutes seemed to go on forever and realised how poorly I had been brushing my teeth before using this! I did get used to the sensations after about a week I'm pleased to say and now have no more 'gurning' whilst brushing my teeth!

                        Once the brush is charged it remains so for up to two weeks based on use twice a day. I have found that ten days is more realistic. This brush comes with a mains charger but the plug is two pronged designed for bathroom shaver sockets. I do not have one of these sockets so had to buy an adaptor for a standard three prong socket. These are available in Boots and from memory it cost approximately £3.50.
                        The toothbrush comes with two heads. This is handy if you want to share the toothbrush with your partner and have a head each. If it is just for yourself then you get a handy spare!

                        The toothbrush is quite lightweight and easy to grip. The back of the brush is ribbed plastic so it doesn't slip out of your hand if it gets wet.

                        The other thing I found is that you don't need to use much toothpaste on the head. The first time I used it I used too much and ended up foaming at the mouth! I looked like I had rabies! You only need the amount of a small pea to get a good clean.

                        **Summary**

                        I can honestly say that I am an electric convert and will never go back to using a regular manual toothbrush again! The timer ensures that you clean your teeth thoroughly and not just guessing the correct time. The pressure sensor is great too as I was concerned before when using a manual brush that I was damaging my gums by pressing too hard.

                        My teeth feel lovely and clean after using this toothbrush. It's similar feeling to when you have had a polish at the dentist as they feel lovely and smooth. My teeth also seem to be a bit whiter after having used this for a few weeks now.

                        Overall I would highly recommend this toothbrush!

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                          18.11.2008 12:33
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                          A great toothbrush with lots of features

                          I've been using an electric toothbrush for quite a few years now as recommended by my dentist. Apparently electric toothbrushes are likely to remove twice as much plaque as a regular manual one and are generally better for clean teeth and healthy gums. I'd had my old Oral B one for a while but it wasn't charging very well so it seemed that it was about time for me to get myself a new one.

                          Having liked my old Braun Oral B toothbrush I decided to go for the same make again and chose the professional care 8000. It has an attractive sleek design and it was also on a half price offer in Boots so I could not go wrong. Its usual RRP is £49.99 so you can see that the half price deal was very good.

                          As soon as I received my new toothbrush I had to charge it before I could use it. It has a light indicator system which shows you when you need to recharge it. It's green for full battery but the charge indicator will flash red if the battery is low. The toothbrush comes with a plug in charger and it says that if you want to, you can keep the toothbrush charging when not in use as it is impossible to overcharge it. I think this is a very good feature. If you don't continuously charge though a charged toothbrush should last between one and two weeks.

                          A very good feature of this toothbrush is that it offers three different brushing modes - clean, sensitive and polish. It is very easy to switch between the different modes as well. Another great feature is the timer. My old toothbrush had a two minute timer which was good but on this new toothbrush the timer goes that little bit further. It gives a short stuttering sound every thirty second and this is to ensure that you brush each quadrant of your mouth equally. I find this very helpful and means that I don't cut any corners when I am brushing my teeth.

                          The toothbrush has a pressure sensor which means that it won't allow you to apply too much pressure to your gums. If you do apply too much pressure the oscillating movement will continue but the pulsing will stop sending a clear message to stop pressing so hard.

                          The brush is also very good for plaque removal and in the instructions it actually provides guidelines and diagrams showing the best way to make sure you cover all your teeth. I've yet to visit the dentist since starting to use this new brush but I do feel that the brush is being very effective when I use it and I am very pleased with the visual results that I can see.

                          The brush comes with two Oral B Precision Clean brusheads so these should last quite a while before needing to buy replacements. These are very good as they have flexisoft bristles to help you clean thoroughly, interdental tips to help clean between your teeth and an indicator bristles system that tells you when it needs replacing. You can also buy lots of other brushheads that will fit the toothbrush depending on your needs - for example there is a sensitive brushhead and another for people with crowns.

                          The toothbrush is easy to clean and also has a waterproof handle so it is perfectly safe to use. I think it's a good idea to clean after every use so that you don't get a horrible build up of toothpaste which is hard to remove.

                          Overall, I am very impressed with this toothbrush as it feels both efficient and effective.With all its additional features I definitely feel that it's value for money at £49.99 - but even better if you can find it on offer!

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                          Short name: Oral-B 8000