Product Type: Oral-B electric toothbrushes
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Braun Oral-B Vitality Sensitive Toothbrush
Oral-B Vitality Sensitive Toothbrush
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Oral-B Vitality Sensitive Toothbrush
Advantages: Thorough but gentle clean which feels great
Disadvantages: Expensive to replace brush heads
A year ago my dentist advised that I invest in an electric toothbrush that was specifically for sensitive teeth as I was finding it quite painful to handle cold foods and was experiencing bleeding gums during brushing with my manual brush. I decided to but this one from Argos for £24.99 as Braun have specifically designed it with sensitive teeth in mind. The bristles on the head are much softer than regular brushes so are less harsh on the surface of teeth and gums.
The brush has white plastic sides with blue rubber areas to provide grip. The brush comes with two detachable brush heads and a charger that doubles as a holder. As with most electric toothbrushes a plug adapter with 2 pins is not provided and so if you don't already have one and lack a shaving socket you will need to get one for charging.
It is so easy to use by simply pressing the button to turn it on then pressing another when you are done. The brush rotates very fast and is powerful when fully charged so you can really feel it working. The brush has 2D technology which basically means the brush carries out two movements simultaneously. The brush head rotates and oscillates (apparently 7,600 times a minute) in order to surround the whole tooth and to reach awkward places to give a really thorough clean. This allows it to remove considerably more plaque than manual toothbrushes. The first time I used it I remember being blown away by how clean my teeth felt and they actually felt smoother as well. The soft bristles meant that I got no bleeding gums as this can sometimes happen on the first use. I am so used to the feeling now I couldn't imagine going back to a manual brush.
Although there is a 2 minute timer the brush continues to rotate after this has ended unlike other brushes which annoyingly turn off even if you haven't finished. The brush will let you know when the two minutes has ended with a gentle vibration.
The brush is reasonable lightweight despite being solidly built and not to large so can easily be taken travelling. Recent toothbrushes have become a lot quieter and this one emits much less noise than my old one did. Recharging is a bit of a pain but I have just taken to plugging it in overnight and then grabbing it in the morning every 5 or so days. It is supposed to carry a charge of 18 hours when using it twice a day but it is probably a bit less than that. To charge you just slot the toothpaste into the charger which holds the brush in place easily. Dried toothpaste tends to build up if you don't rinse it after use and the grooves in the rubber make it quite hard to get rid of but this is a minor complaint.
The brush heads are a good size and not overly large. They last a pretty long time before the edges start to fray. Due to the small round size of the head I have found I am using less toothpaste than with a manual. They are however expensive to replace at £5-6 for a pack of 4 and I tend to stock up when they are on offer and in the sales. The brush is compatible with any Oral-B refills with the exception of Pulsonic.
Overall I am greatly impressed with the impact this brush has had on my teeth. I can now clean my teeth more comfortably and no longer get bleeding gums. Most impressively though is that my teeth are a lot less sensitive to foods than before which I would never have thought a toothbrush alone would have fixed. My teeth feel so much cleaner than when I was using a manual and I would completely recommend this to everyone suffering from sensitive teeth.
Summary: A fantastic toothbrush with great results for sensitive teeth
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