Product Type: Braun electric toothbrushes
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A great basic electric toothbrush
Oral-B Vitality Precision Clean
Member Name: ladybracknell
Oral-B Vitality Precision Clean
Advantages: Reasonable price, high quality electric toothbrush
Disadvantages: Rubber areas need extra cleaning attention and flex could be longer
Main Oral B Vitality Precision Clean Features:
7600 oscillations a minute
2 minute timer
Interchangeable brush heads
Brush has head change indicator bristles
The unit is guaranteed for 2 years
PRICE & AVAILABILITY:
These toothbrushes are available from just about every High Street chemist and large supermarket but it pays to shop around as the price can vary dramatically. I paid £15 at Superdrug (plus Beauty points by using their loyalty card) whilst the same model was being sold in Boots for over £30!
I really have to begin this review by mentioning the packaging. Like so many smaller electrical items, this toothbrush comes in a blister pack and to say I had difficulty getting into it would be something of an understatement. There are blister packs which are closed by a sort of popper arrangement that are pretty simple to get into but this packaging had been heat sealed and there was no other way in other than by cutting into the plastic. After breaking a finger nail (major disaster!) when I initially tried to open it, I then resorted to the kitchen scissors to gain entry. This resulted in a rather nasty scratch from a sharp edge, however, I did eventually managed to get my hands on the toothbrush. I won't knock off a star for this because I can see the reasoning behind it, in that the toothbrush remains in a sterile condition until the packaging is opened but I do wish Braun would make it easier to access the goods.
As I'm comparing this new brush with one that is a good 7 or 8 years old, there were a number of features which differ slightly. The first thing I noticed was that this new brush has a single on/off button whereas my previous model had two separate buttons for this purpose and the shape has changed to become more streamlined and slightly tapering which makes the new brush more comfortable to hold, especially as the body of the brush now has a rubberised portion making it less slippy when wet and also makes the battery unit more waterproof. The other visual difference is that my old model had a light incorporated into the body which showed when the toothbrush was being charged and this feature is missing from the newer model.
This toothbrush comes with one brush head and the charger with approximately 1m long wire and a two-pin connector.
The first time I used my new toothbrush I was struck by just how much my previous brush had been under-performing. This new brush has much more power and seems to replicate that used by the dentist and I could feel the bristles working into the area between the tooth and the gums. I should mention that the Oral B heads have softer bristles which do a great job of cleaning teeth but shouldn't cause any bleeding, so if your gums are bleeding you may need to see the dentist as this could be a sign of Gingivitis or worse.
The round shaped head is small enough to deal with every tooth, even the hard to reach ones at the back, and the slightly uneven surface of the bristles of the brush is perfectly designed to mould around each tooth and get into all the little crevices, although I do also floss with dental tape and use TeePees in addition to the toothbrush, just to make sure.
The brush has a 2 minute timer which is the minimum time recommended for cleaning teeth and the brush heads have some dark blue outer bristles which fade over time and are there to indicate when it's time to replace the head. In fact, I find these bristles fade rather too quickly and the brush head generally has another couple of weeks of life left in it. As a rule of thumb, I tend to replace the brush head every three months, so a pack of 4 replacement heads should be enough to last one person for a year.
The beauty of using an electric toothbrush is that you can replace the brush heads with ones specifically designed for a particular purpose such as whitening or flossing and there is even a dual clean brush head which cleans the gum area as well as the tooth in one operation.
I don't keep the toothbrush permanently on its charger stand as my dentist told me the battery life is diminished by doing this. When the brush runs out of juice, it doesn't do it gradually but just suddenly stops which I found a little disconcerting the first time as I thought the toothbrush had conked out for good, especially as there is no indicator light on the charger to show whether the unit was charging or not. This charger unit is very small and discrete, being little more than a raised plastic oval with a central plastic point onto which the toothbrush is placed. The charger has a two-pin plug so it's necessary to buy a two-pin adapter as this isn't provided.
The instructions which come with the brush state that a full charge takes 16 hours but I tend to plug it in when I've used it before going to bed and it's charged by the time I use it again the next morning. One charge lasts for a week, although my toothbrush is still relatively new and the length the charge lasts will diminish over the lifetime of the brush.
If I have any complaint, it's that the flex of the charger could do with being longer as I find that it isn't long enough to stretch from my chest of drawers to the power point so I have to place the charger unit on the floor. As this charger unit is very small, once the brush is placed onto it, the whole thing becomes slightly unstable unless placed onto a flat surface, so I've had to put a tile on the floor to stop the whole thing falling over.
Remember also to unplug the charger unit from the mains once your toothbrush is charged or you'll be wasting electricity!
This brush is a bit of a beggar to keep clean, especially around the grooving on the rubberised area which is where the toothpaste residue seems to accumulate. Braun recommend cleaning after each use by rinsing under running water and wiping clean but I've found that this isn't sufficient to keep the toothpaste residue at bay and so use an old toothbrush head to scrub this area more thoroughly every so often.
Unlike my old model which wound down very gradually, the battery on this model dies instantly which means going back to a manual brush unless you get into a routine of charging up the brush regularly.
The replacement heads can be expensive depending on where you buy them but when compared to the price of an Oral B or other good manual toothbrush, they don't really cost very much more. There are also various companies on the internet who sell toothbrush heads which are compatible with the Braun Oral B, though I've never used these so can't say whether they'd be more cost effective in the long run.
Apart from the minor niggles of cleaning the toothbrush handle and the charger issues, I have nothing but praise for this toothbrush. It leaves my teeth feeling smooth and clean and I've certainly noticed whilst flossing that there's less plaque between my teeth since beginning to use this newer model. I highly recommend the Braun Oral B Vitality to anyone who wants to ensure their teeth are the cleanest they can be at a reasonable cost. Currently, the cost of this toothbrush varies enormously so you will need to shop around for the best price.
Summary: An excellent electric toothbrush at a reasonable price
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