Product Type: Braun electric toothbrushes
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A Small Head for a Precison Clean
Oral-B Vitality Precision Clean
Member Name: rosebud2001
Oral-B Vitality Precision Clean
Date: 10/08/11, updated on 10/08/11 (95 review reads)
Advantages: Cleans teeth very effectively, timer on brush, good quality construction
Disadvantages: Can be expensive - as can the replacement heads but worth shopping around for
Since then however I have changed dentists and been told by both my new dentist and new hygienist that a small headed brush is better for brushing - especially for those hard to reach teeth at the back of your mouth. The reason for this is a smaller head can brush more effectively as it surrounds each tooth as you brush.
I decided therefore to bite the bullet and purchase a new brush, opting for the Oral B Vitality Precision Clean brush. This has an RRP of around £30 but is seemingly always on offer somewhere and as such I managed to pick mine up in Boots for half that.
The brush comes in a sealed plastic blister package, which contains the brush, instruction manual and the power lead.
It goes without saying that it's a real pain to open this packaging and if you don't have scissors to hand you can forget it. In the past Braun used to include a spare head with these brushes but sadly that's no longer the case.
~~The Brush & Charger~~
This brush is only available in one colour and that is blue and white. The bottom of the handle is made from hard white plastic but at the top there is a dark blue area which is the power on button and this is contrasted by a rubberised gripper in light blue at the other side of the handle.
The brush head sits on top of the handle and is easy to remove once it is due to be replaced. You should replace the head every 3 months and the heads have a colour change indicator to let you know when they need to be replaced thanks to what they call "indicator" bristles which fade to a light blue on this brush.
The charger comprises of a base for the brush to sit on and a two pin shaver style plug. I have said this before about these brushes but will say it again - I really wish they would provide a standard three pin plug because not everyone has a shaver socket in their bathroom. It means you have to find an adaptor to be able to use this brush and that can sometimes be a chore. Stores like Poundstretcher are usually your best bet but it still adds at least a pound on to the cost of the brush if you don't already have one.
~~Initial Set Up~~
You need to charge the brush up for 16 hours before using for the first time. The internal battery is a Ni-MH rechargeable one and each charge should provide enough power to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes for a week. The battery cannot be removed from the brush.
Since switching from my Dual Clean brush to the Precision Clean brush I have noticed a marked difference in how the brush cleans my teeth.
In the past I suffered quite badly from bleeding gums when I brushed but I must admit that part of that is also linked to my somewhat lackadaisical attitude to flossing. However the Dual Clean brush really struggled to get to the teeth at the back of my mouth and I ended up having a rather unpleasant extended session at the hygienist on my first visit to my new practice as a result.
The Precision Clean really can fit in to the teeth at the back of my mouth far better and it quite literally does surround each tooth as you brush. Braun claim that "the brush head cups each tooth with a curved bristle trim and reaches deep between the teeth at the same time". If you study the brush head you can see how it has been designed to cup each tooth with the top and bottom bristles visibly longer than those on the side.
When I first used it I actually felt the bleeding in my gums got a little worse, but the instruction manual does warn you that this may happen for the first few days and to only be concerned if it continues for longer than two weeks.
Braun advise you brush over each tooth individually for a few seconds to really enable the bristles to brush thoroughly between your teeth and I must say I have found this works very well for me. The brush has a built in timer to ensure you know you have been brushing your teeth for two minutes and I find this to be really useful. When I first started using Braun Oral B brushes with this feature I was amazed at how long two minutes was and realised that I quite simply hadn't been brushing for anything like that length of time in the past. You will know when the two minutes is up as the brush will go into a sort of stop/start mode for about ten seconds.
The brush is quite comfortable to hold thanks to the rubberised part of the handle which is designed for good grip. I've never had any problems with this brush slipping from a wet hand as a result.
When I have finished brushing my teeth with the Precision Clean brush I am always delighted at how clean my teeth feel, with a smooth sensation when I brush my tongue over them.
You should also be careful not to exert too much pressure on your teeth and gums when using this brush as this can limit the life of the head and also cause damage to your teeth and gums. The head rotates really rather quickly so all you have to do when brushing is carefully move the brush from tooth to tooth, letting the rotating head do most of the work on your teeth and gums.
The brush is quite noisy in operation but not excessively so.
Finally, it's worth remembering that brushing alone isn't usually enough to remove plaque from your teeth - even when using a brush such as this which does help clean each tooth individually. You really do need to floss between your teeth once a day (before going to bed is the best time) and using a mouthwash is prudent too.
I have found that the recommended charge time of once a week is a bit optimistic when you first use this brush but after a month or so the charge seems to last better. I am not sure why this is the case but can only assume that the battery needs to be fully charged and fully drained several times before it reaches optimum performance. When I first used this brush I was having to recharge every 4 or 5 days.
The brush head should be rinsed after each use and wiped down. I find that if you don't wipe the handle down regularly it will rapidly be covered in a film of toothpaste - something I have learned from my less than fastidious daughter!
You should also clean around the metal pole which holds the brush head in place before replacing this as this can be a dirt magnet.
Braun do say you can keep the brush permanently on the charging unit but do say to improve battery life you should allow the battery to drain fully at least once every 6 months. I can't personally comment on using the charging base this way as I only ever place a brush that needs to be charged on it.
Replacing the head is easy - you quite simply pull the old head off firmly and then slot a new one on the metal pole which holds the brush head on the handle. Occasionally I can find the head is stiff to remove so you might have to wrap a towel around your hands to do this chore to give additional grip but I certainly have never found this to be an impossible task.
Braun do not recommend you let a child under the age of three use this brush and do suggest older children should only use it under close supervision. The charger should be kept well away from water and should never be immersed in water.
If the brush is dropped, Braun state you should change the brush head immediately, even if you cannot see any visible signs of damage. Finally you should not attempt to modify or repair the brush yourself as this could lead to fire, electric shock or injury.
My last visit to the dentist made me realise the importance of using the correct brush with my hygienist commenting on how much of an improvement she could see in my teeth with visibly less plaque to be found - especially in the hard to reach spaces at the back of my mouth. I am under no illusions that I can thank the toothbrush alone for this as flossing has also helped keep the plaque at bay, however the brush has certainly helped.
Replacement heads are quite expensive but if you shop around you can get bargains so it's worth stocking up when you see them on offer. The recommended retail price is £24.99 for a pack of 8 heads but you can frequently pick them up for at least £10 less, making them just over £2 a head. When you consider you only need four of them in a year it doesn't seem so costly - although I do admit the initial outlay is quite a lot. It's worth remembering that you can change the kind of head you use on this base too - all the Oral B Vitality heads are interchangeable.
I also think it's a good idea to start children using a brush such as this once they have all their adult teeth. My daughter has been using Braun Oral B brushes since she was around ten and as such she knows to brush for the full two minutes without me having to constantly remind her thanks to the timer. Before I bought her her first electric brush she would only brush for about 30 seconds which is nowhere near enough. She has been using a Precision Clean brush for about a year now, having had the Sonic brush prior to that and at 14 she still hasn't had any fillings.
So in conclusion I can wholeheartedly recommend this brush - it may not be the cheapest brush available but so far as I am concerned it is certainly one of the most effective and as such it's now an integral part of my twice daily oral hygiene routine.
Summary: A very effective toothbrush which should please both yourself - and your dentist!
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