Product Type: Braun electric toothbrushes
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Oral-B Professional Care 8000
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Oral-B Professional Care 8000
Date: 14/01/13, updated on 22/10/13 (153 review reads)
Advantages: Cleans teeth better than a manual brush.
Disadvantages: Need to purchase an adaptor for the two-pronged plug.
I believe that this was purchased in Tesco when it was on special offer for around twenty-five pounds.
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.
Summary: I wouldn't want to be without it.
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