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      14.09.2013 12:16
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      A fab battery powered toothbrush

      ***Why Crest electric spinbrush?***

      After years of brushing my teeth with a manual toothbrush, when the electric toothbrush became a more popular choice I really wanted to try it out to compare it with a normal toothbrush! My first purchase was actually an Oral-B rechargeable one which I bought for a quarter of its expensive original price in a fantastic sale. Unfortunately, the upkeep of replacing the heads on was proving to be more costly and a bit of hassle than previously expected. So I got bored of, switched back to manual until I found this battery powered wonder!

      Although it is significantly cheaper (I bought mine for about £3), this doesn't mean the quality is a downgrade from the Oral B one in my opinion. It is definitely an upgrade from the usual manual toothbrush. It is much more effective at cleaning each and every individual tooth than vigorously manually using your hands to move a manual brush. The spinning head really cleans my teeth from every angle because it is small and flexible enough for me to rotate around my teeth when I'm cleaning them.

      ***How does it work?***

      The head has two different sections: The rounder one on the top spins around and the bottom more squarish one goes up and down. The handle is quite thick so it feels like it is a good ergonomic fit in my hand. I apply the toothpaste on my brush before I put it in my mouth and turn it on (it turns on via a sliding switch with a rubber grip) - this prevents the toothpaste whizzing off and actually ensures it stays in your mouth. The advantage of using this brush is that you don't have to brush very hard like with manual toothbrushes which could cause more damage than good if you end up brushing off your enamel (protective tooth covering). Just gently clean the outer surface of your tooth, the chewing surface which comes into contact with your food the most, and the inner surface in what ever order as long as you do it! The vibrating sensation is also good for the gums to receive a gentle massage but I don't make a point to do this, instead I just stick to teeth!

      ***(Non-) ease of maintenance***

      If it were easier to change the batteries, I would recommend this product and rate it 5 starts. However, due to the fight I must put up to open and even close the battery compartment I would recommend this to a strong will powered person who will not give up when it comes to the time when batteries need changing. My tip to make things easier would be that when you do finally open the compartment, make sure to clean any debris/dried toothpaste remnants which may contribute to "jamming" the opening/closing mechanisms. After reading some other reviews I noticed other people have also experienced this problem so it's not just me being weak! Another thing is that the batteries I use (duracell) run out of their juice slowly, this is noticeable when the vibrations of the spin brush get slower. Don't let it die out, just switch the batteries as soon as you need to!

      As for the head, which you can't replace I would just buy another brush when the time comes. But for now, the bristles are still in mint conditions without signs of fraying. I have been using this toothbrush for at least one and a half years now (with intermittent manual brush use when I haven't had a chance to replace batteries) and I would recommend this brush to anyone because it makes dental hygiene fun and life a lot easier - not to mention, all at affordable price!

      Note: please check with the Dentist/Doctor if you have any gum disease/bleeding or mouth injuries that this product will be suitable for you to use.

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        22.08.2011 17:39
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        A good first electric toothbrush

        Awhile back I bought myself a new oral B rechargeable toothbrush as my last rechargeable model had reached it's last charge. I bought a set of toothbrush heads, with coloured bands, thinking the children and I could all use this. In practice though, it was a terrible nuisance - their brushes kept getting lost - my brush kept getting lost - the whole unit was dropped into the sink under running water, nearly went into the loo, and disappeared into a toy box for several days. So the kids went back to ordinary brushes for awhile. They loved the musical ones, but they did not seem to be doing the best job getting their teeth clean, and they hate for me to help. We tried the kids battery powered brushes - but they run about £6 -£10 and you can not replace the brush. I toyed with buying us all rechargeable toothbrushes, but that would be expensive. Then I started reading reviews for this product and it seemed to be just the ticket. I bought two of these, in different colours. I was lucky enough to pick one up, with two replacement heads for £5 on ebay, but ended up paying £6 for the next. Ebay often has very good prices on these, but you can also pick one form Amazon from about £7.

        The crest spinbrush has a fairly thick body, with grooves making it easier to hold. It is basically white with a coloured front panel. I liked this feature as it meant I could choose different colours for the boys. I hate the idea of them using the others toothbrushes - which has happened in the past when they have got mixed up. The head is about the same size as an ordinary toothbrush, but only the circular part at the top moves. This spins around very quickly, although I am certain it will die down as the batteries lose power. We have only owned these for 4 weeks and have not replaced batteries. There has been no loss of power at all yet. Brushes are still in surprisingly good shape and should do at least another month. This is in spite of the fact that my children tend to chew on them when brushing. The bristles feel soft but on looking at replacement heads, most are classed as medium.

        The children are happy enough with these, although sometimes they ask for the music ones instead - simply because these lack sound effects. But they like the fact that they can do a good job of brushing on their own, and I especially like that I do not have to fight with the youngest to get him to let me brush his teeth. Considering the amount of pain involved in dental problems, and the fact that my oldest (6) now has some permanent teeth, I think £11 was quite a fair price to pay, and will continue to buy extra heads as needed.

        I have found replacement heads to be very dear with Amazon, nearly £11 for two. I imagine one could probably find these on the high street, or perhaps even Tesco as well, but Ebay sells 2 packs from just over £3, which I find fair enough.

        For myself, I would still rather have a rechargeable, but these are far more economical, and less worry if the kids damage one. It also cuts down on having to have 3 charging stands all hooked up. But in all honesty, I can not say my more expensive model is any better, other than not needing to replace batteries. And one disadvantage to rechargeable ones is that you can not put in new batteries when the old ones fail to take a charge.

        On the downside though, while the two AAA batteries that power this brush are replaceable. I would never be able to replace them myself. I have tried for this review to open the compartment, and there is absolutely no chance. You are meant to squeeze in at the bottom of the brush and pull down, but I simply do not have the strength. I have read other reviews, and it is not just me. To replace the batteries you will need someone with strong hands, making this unsuitable for the elderly or anyone with arthritic disorders, or even just people without a powerful grip. It also means children could not change the batteries themselves, and even with strong hands, like my husband, expect a fair amount of difficulty.

        I would recommend always keeping some standard tooth brushes as well though. I do not think these would be at all suitable for anyone with a mouth injury, and of course all children at times have accidents. Unfortunately, my 3 year old has suffered a very severe injury two days ago. He hit a bit of roofing slate from the previous nights stone throwing when riding his bike. It caused him to flip forward, and after 6 hours in A&E he begged the Dr to take the tooth out, so they did. He had been in terrible pain and unable to close his mouth or drink, but he still has major trauma to the gums and lips and can not even use an ordinary brush for awhile yet. I would certainly be afraid to use this until he has completely healed. Of course the other reason for keeping standard brushes is the batteries will certainly fail when you have no replacements in the house.

        I would recommend these as a way to try out electric toothbrushes, for travel, and for children, or just for an adult who is looking a less expensive electric toothbrush. I do think the overall clean is better with electric brushes, but I still keep ordinary ones as well. I personally prefer to alternate the two, and the children also alternate between ordinary and electric brushes.

        * I have deducted one star due to the extreme difficulty in opening the battery compartment. This is also the reason for ranking this down in cleaning and maintenance. I will also note that the brush does require a thorough daily cleaning to keep nice, as otherwise it can get a bit of debris accumulation between the spinning head and the rest of the brush.

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          21.07.2011 17:59
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          A decent first electric toothbrush

          Dental hygiene is hugely important to me. I brush three times a day, I floss and see the dentist regularly for check ups and occasionally have dreams that my teeth are falling out! They are also the first thing I notice in other people. It might therefore surprise you then to know that I had never owned an electric toothbrush until Santa brought me one at Christmas!

          Okay so it's actually a battery operated toothbrush and I was pleased to see that when I opened the plastic wrapping that there was already two AA batteries in the toothbrush so it was ready to use! The toothbrush itself is white and blue but from some quick research I can see that it is also available in other colours including pink, green and purple. It is shaped like an ordinary toothbrush but with a larger base which accommodates the battery. The base is easy to grip and is fairly light which was a pleasant surprise as the things that deterred me from buying an electric toothbrush were the weight and bulkiness.

          The toothbrush itself is very easy to use with a simple on/off switch. The only issue is that when the switch is wet it is hard to slide up to turn it on and often have to dry my hands. This is no trouble but you'd think that the manufacturers would have considered it! I always put the toothpaste on first and have the brush in my mouth as I turn it on, otherwise the head starts moving and the toothpaste flies off everywhere but I imagine this is common amongst all powered toothbrushes. The Crest brush heads are firm but not harsh on the teeth or gums and brushing is actually quite a pleasant sensation. The bristles get into the corners of my mouth and between the teeth much better than I can brushing manually, leaving a feeling afterwards that I have brushed your teeth very well.

          I do remember that the first few times I used the toothbrush I found it quite difficult to ensure I had the feeling my teeth were entirely clean. I ended up brushing, rinsing and brushing again before I was happy that my mouth was fresh and plaque free. I soon got into the groove though and now brushing with a manual feels strange and I have the same problem of needing to brush again!

          I found that after around eight weeks the toothbrush began to lose its power and wasn't brushing quite as effectively. I changed the two batteries for new ones and it was back to working like new in no time. I keep an endless supply of AA batteries in the house so it's no hassle for me having to change them over and I don't think eight weeks is too bad. As for the heads, I would advise to changing them as often as you would a disposable toothbrush. I generally change mine every 2-3 months and always keep a couple in the bathroom cabinet just in case.

          Overall I've been very impressed with this battery powered toothbrush. I am told that it was around £7 and for that kind of price it does everything you would expect and certainly doesn't disappoint. I still have an ordinary toothbrush for going away at the weekend or on holiday, but after my experience with the Crest Spinbrush I wouldn't go back to a manual. When I'm due for an upgrade I will probably get a real electric toothbrush, something more powerful and recommended by dentists, but in the meantime this does the job!

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            06.08.2010 12:47
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            Brilliant toothbrush

            A couple of weeks ago for some reason my Colgate electric toothbrush decided to stop working, I tried changing the batteries but nothing happened so it was time to get a new one.

            Any regular readers of my reviews will know that I am a student and times are quite hard at the moment so therefore I wanted a toothbrush which wouldnt break the bank. I remembered that I paid about £5 for my old colgate one whilst it was on offer so I was hoping to find something similar.

            I went into Superdrug and was disappointed to see that the Colgate brush was on offer but on a buy one get one free detail for £7.99, now whilst this was a good deal I didnt need two toothbrushes so started to look for something else.

            As I was about to give up and go to Boots I spotted this Spinbrush, it was only £4.99 so I thought it was definitely worth a try. It looked attractive, I picked one which was a metallic pink in colour and the head looked as though it would give me a brilliant all round clean.

            So getting it home I was eager to try my new toothbrush out so got it out of the packaging, the batteries came with the brush and I just had to pull out a tab to get it to start working. This was easy and in no time I was brushing away!

            The head spins very fast and the shape of it (predominantly round but with other bristles underneath and all with different textures) means that your teeth get a thoroughly good clean! The toothpaste lathered up really well and even after the first rinse I felt that my mouth was much cleaner and fresher.

            It was not at all harsh on my teeth, often my gums bleed when I use a new toothbrush but this was not a problem and instead my gums felt quite calm.

            After rinsing my mouth thoroughly I noticed how clean my teeth were, not only did they feel clean they were sparkling and shiny. There was no food or bits left anywhere on my teeth and I was very satisfied with the result.

            Another thing that I love about the toothbrush is that it comes with a protective case to fit over the head when it is not in use. This helps keep it dirt and dust free which is really important to me, I used to keep my brush in the cupboard but now I dont need to.

            I am really pleased with this toothbrush, especially for the price I paid. It provides a really good clean and my teeth feel sparkling every time I use it. It is very powerful and removes all traces of dirt from your teeth and my teeth look a lot cleaner.

            I will continue to use this toothbrush and will replace the heads and batteries when I need to. I think it is a brilliant toothbrush that is doing a great job of looking after my teeth.

            I would definitely recommend this toothbrush for those of you who want a good electric toothbrush but dont have a lot to spend. They come in a variety of colours so there is something for everyone!

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            25.02.2009 20:27

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            I just want to write a quick note regarding electric toothbrushes, not specifically this one but definitely pertaining to those toothbrushes which use batteries rather than charge up from the mains.The main problem being that the batteries run out sloooowly and you may not realise they are almost dead, all the while this means that your teeth aren't getting the TLC they need. Once you change the batteries, you'll feel like the blimmin thing almost takes your head off!! If you're good at changing the batteries regularly then no prob. I just want everyone to have good teeth then I can just do whitening and have an easy life!!

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            20.09.2006 10:11
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            Well priced and effective battery operated toothbrush

            My gums were a tad sore so I decided that this was either old age or inadequate cleaning. i prefer to blame the latter.

            My previous experiences with electric toothbrushes hadn't been good, and I was unwilling to fork out vast quantities of money for something which I would use as a "gimic" for a few weeks and then tire of.

            PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

            This was only £1.99 from savers, but reading the bits of information on the website I think the RRP is under £5.

            Considering the price of electric toothbrushes, this is a bargain and one which I had to try out.

            The brush promises to revitalise your smile, but I think really that the best we can hope for is that it keeps my teeth squeaky clean!. It apparantly stimulates the gums and within 14 days, your teeth will be white and shiny

            THE BRUSH...

            The brush itself is a little thicker than normal toothbrushes, obviously as the batteries have to fit into the handle, but other than that looks exactly like normal toothbrushes.

            It's the brush part which is different. There are two parts to this; the top brush which is round and the bottom brushes which go up and down (these are the whitening bristles and polishing strip). If you turn it on and just look at the bristles go, you really get the impression that your gnashers will indeed get a brilliant clean!

            USING IT

            First of all, insert the 2 x AA Batteries; amazingly these were actually included at the price I paid! The batteries aren't rechargeable, so any batteries can be used.

            Switch on using the little on/off switch and off you go, cleaning as taught by dentists!

            It really is that simple, but really why should electric toothbrushes be difficult?

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            Proctor and Gamble, Weybridge , UK

            Check out the website, www.crest.com for some nifty pictures showing the toothbrush in action!



            WHAT I THINK OF IT...

            When I first started using the toothbrush, my initail reaction, as ever when I use an electric toothbrush is "ouch". they always seem too powerful, going at their level of brushing (really quite strenuous), not mine.

            However, from first using it, my teeth have felt quite squeaky clean. I can really feel the two sets of bristles, and not only do my teeth feel as though they are getting a clean, but my gums have had a good old scrub, and have stopped being sore (I knew it wasn't old age).

            I can't vouch for the fact that the toothbrush has whitened my teeth because I like to think they weren't especially discoloured before, but they do look clean. More than anything though, my gums feel massaged although at first I felt as though they were being rubbed too hard.

            This is one good and very cheap electric toothbrush, which I have used with my normal toothpaste and not the Crest revitalise toothpaste as recommended on the instructions.

            I like it so much and have used it so regularly that I will soon be buying another one. i figure that at the price it's going to be cheaper to buy a whole new brush complete with the included batteries rather than buying a new head (which can be purchased from chemists) and batteries.

            Thanks for reading.

            Daniela xx

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              I've tried a number of battery power toothbrushes over the years with mixed results. A few weeks back I was browsing for a suitable replacement for my previous brush which had succumbed to that common problem of waterlogging, more of that later, when I found this little gem of a brush. What stood out about the Crest Spinbrush Revitalise for Adults, to give it its formal name, was the design. Many brushes are tall and elegant, spindly and futuristic and ultimately for all their well designed curves and space age beauty are never quite up to the job. CSRA, as he's known to his mates, looks a match for the most challenging of dental hygiene challenges, he's the Stallone of a brush in a world of Hugh Grants.

              The brush sits in the hand like a well made screw driver, excuse the bloke type references, its easy to grip and feels comfortable. The on-off button is a sliding panel that lines up with your thumb meaning that you can start and stop the brush without altering your grip. Once in the hand CSRA is ready to go to work. The one thing that sells the brush for me is the head. Not only is it larger than any others that i have tried, it has two distinct sections operating in their own ways. The top half of the brush head is a circular piece that spins an its axis, the lower section is a U-shaped piece that moves back and forward on the vertical. The two sections combine into a tear drop shape about one inch long. The brush comes equipped with a see-through plastic cover for this head section, combining protection and hygiene for the business end of CSRA.

              As mentioned above, one of the common problems I have found with previous brushes I have tried is that after a while water leaks into the battery compartment, corroding the contacts and battery and thus ending its life early. Like most brushes CSRA has a battery compartment at the base, for its two AA batteries but, in keeping with the design of the item, the housing is well made and very water proof. This is important as brushes like this are always going to be base heavy and designed to sit up, thus making the battery compartment the most vulnerable.

              The head is removed by an easy twist, and can be replaced once the bristles have worn down. Batteries are included with the brush and the whole look is both modern and functional. The effect on the teeth is as good if not better that any other I have tried, the head size and the power of the brush mean that it delivers a clean that will have a noticeable effect on your teeth in a very short period of time. I am partial to all of the things that stain your teeth, black coffee, red wine, etc. and this brush has no problem keeping on top of the discoloration that can build up with lesser products.

              I brought this in the local supermarket for less that a fiver and the combination of its practicalities and its design, not to mention its cheapness make this one of the best bathroom buys you can undertake. Buy this for all the family, there is a children's version and a toothpaste that is designed to go hand in hand, and it will be smiles all the way.

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                the switch upwards and that?s all there is to it. Located in the centre of the switch is a little button. Pressing this acts as a pulse button, similar to that on a food processor. The moment you release your finger, the toothbrush stops. The brush heads should be replaced every 6 months, just the same as regular toothbrushes. You can buy replacement heads from most chemists and supermarkets now stock them too. They can be found on the shelf next to the electric toothbrushes and they come in packs of two. Expect to pay about £5.99 each for a twin-pack. To remove the brush heads simply twist anti-clockwise and pull. The heads come off really easy and are just as simple to replace. As I mentioned earlier the only downside of the Spinbrush is the noise. The brush cleans my teeth extremely well and no effort is required by me. The bristles get into all the gaps nicely and you can really feel the brush heads doing their thing. The brush is quite powerful, but is not too intense. The noise is quite deceiving as I thought at first it would be uncomfortable on my teeth, but it?s quite gentle, but tough on plaque at the same time. The Spinbrush requires 2 x AA batteries to work. The battery compartment can be found at the base of the toothbrush and removing them can be a bit of a job. You need a bit of strength to take off the cover, as it can be quite stiff. Replacing it is a lot easier and takes hardly any effort at all. The batteries have lasted quite well. I have been using this brush twice a day for over 2 months now and still there seems to be plenty of power there. Watch this, I?ve just said that so what?s the bets my batteries will die on me over the weekend. Because the Spinbrush was a freebie I didn?t have to pay a penny for any of the components, even the batteries were included. These brushes are widely available and you can pick one up for around £8.99 for an adult?s brush and about £4.99 for a
                child?s. Bear in mind that several shops do have them on special offer where you can BOGOF. There are a variety of colours to choose from if you want to buy one for each member of your family, and there are even spinbrushes designed for children in mind. My daughter has a Disney Swan Lake and we have bought a Spiderman one for Craig when he?s a bit older. Since I received this brush I haven?t reached for my old one at all. It remains dried up and lonely sitting on the bathroom shelf. My teeth have never looked or felt so good and it takes very little effort in keeping them like this. The price of these brushes might be quite scary when you think about how much you can buy a regular toothbrush for. But I have always taken great pride in my pearly whites and I think every penny spent on them is worth it. Once they?re gone there?s no getting them back so you have to look after them.

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                  A while ago I got both my sons a Crest Spinbrush each... with Spiderman designs on them! I will try anything to get them to clean their teeth regulary! It was a special offer at the time, buy one get one free and I had a voucher for money off too... so instead of forking out the £9.98 for the two of them I ended up paying about £2.50! :o) This was just an offer on the kids range so I didn't get one for myself at the time, but after a while of hearing them buzzing away in the bathroom everyday, I simply had to get one for myself. I ended up paying full price for the adult version, £4.99, but mine came with detachable heads, unlike the kiddy ones, which have to be completely replaced when the head gets soft! So it is better than theirs :oP So what is so good about spending twice the amount you would for a normal toothbrush? Firstly it has a normal shaped head, that fits into the bits that you need it too in your mouth. All you have to do is brush your teeth as normal with it, up, down, back and forth! But while you are doing this the clever little top bit of the head has bristles that spins round in a circle, very fast. This bit whizzes away while you are doing the normal boring bit and gets rid of all that nasty stuff that normal brushing leaves behind! It does tend to make a bit of noise... but it is not like you have to spend ages listening to it! Also, I don't have to stand in the bathroom while the boys are cleaning their teeth to know that they are actually cleaning them.. I can hear them from other rooms now! So they don't get away with that anymore :oP The size of it is of course larger than normal toothbrushes, as it has two AA batteries in the base, but it fits into even little hands quite well. My youngest is 7 and he finds it easy enough to hold! It isn't that heavy either. The on/off switch is in a good place so it can be easily turned off or on whilst using it, sometimes it can be tur
                  ned off by accident but that isn't a great problem as it soon gets turned back on. The base is flat so it can be stood up after use.... means my poor whale toothbrush holder is redundant now, and little wet rings appear on the shelf where they have been standing, but I am sure that these would fit on a tooth brush rack type thing as the top bits are normal toothbrush size! The batteries that came with it, lasted as long as the head did. I have just had to replace the head on mine and the batteries. The replacement heads £4.99 for two... so that is good value, as I was looking at normal toothbrushes at the same time and they all seemed to be more expensive! Changing the heads is easy enough... they just twist off! Changing the batteries was a different matter though! After much twisting, pulling and general swearing I finally managed to get the bottom off! It is because they need to be in a watertight casing, that made it so difficult, but I managed it eventually! So if you have a bit weak I wouldn't recommend getting these as you would never be able to get the batteries in! But besides that they are great. Thankfully the batteries last ages anyway, so maybe you could get a nice person to change the batteries for you when you need to :oP They are available in loads of different styles and patterns for kids and lots of different colour combinations for adults (or vice versa). Mines white, did have a white top with a purple band round it, but the replacements are white with a blue band round them (only because I couldn't find the purple ones!) Oh yeah..... you can use them as normal toothbrushes too.... without turning them on, but there isn't much point in doing that, unless you are trying to be quiet that is :oP Overall I would recommend them, as I have found that my teeth are much cleaner now, and using these has almost convinced my kids to brush their teeth regularly. They lost
                  a star only because the kids ones don't have a replacable head! Keep smiling Sarah :o)

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                    I’m a martyr to my teeth. A very reluctant dental patient but forced to visit him regularly, or else I pay the price of pain and suffering if I miss my usual three monthly appointment. In between visits I buy the latest minted floss, the up-to-the-minute whitening toothpastes, those mouth washes full of promise and I always faithfully replace my toothbrush every six weeks. Add the cost of the dentist’s treatments to my ever increasing array of dental accoutrements and it amounts to a pretty hefty sum of money. The last electrical tooth appliance I bought on the recommendation of my dentist was the dreaded Braun Water Jet which set me back about eighty pounds! I can hardly bring myself to use it as it hurts me so much! I shriek out loud as the jets of water hit my gums and frighten the seagulls on the roof! So with a certain amount of trepidation I bought the Crest Spinbrush battery operated electric toothbrush from Boots. I chose the Crest because it was a special introductory offer with the price of about £7.00, just over twice that of the ordinary toothbrushes I buy every six weeks. Expect to pay a little more than that now as the offer has finished. Nevertheless,the full price of the appliance was a few pounds cheaper than the others on offer, the difference being that it doesn’t include extra replaceable brushes as the head was fixed. I did like the idea of replacing the batteries though, considered I may get three months use out of it, making it an economical purchase. My first impression, as I began to use the lightweight brush, was how small and neat the head was, making it very comfortable to use. We are told to manually brush our teeth for up to three minutes. That is a long time and I would reckon that not many of us do brush for that long? Using the Crest electric toothbrush I knew in half the usual brushing time I had thoroughly cleaned my teeth and massaged my gums, and best of all, they felt scrupulousl
                    y clean and polished. My gums felt healthy and the really neat small head had reached right into the corners of my jaw and was easy to manoeuvre around the back of my teeth, both upper and lower. The brush was comfortable to hold in the hand and the on/off switch easy to operate. The motion of the Crest electric toothbrush was gentle and non-abrasive on my somewhat sensitive gums which pleased me as I have been known to brush too hard with my manual brush and experience some bleeding. I found small circular rotating movements the best approach and had to resist the scrubbing action I have practiced all my life. The bonus of being able to massage my gums was a pleasure as my dentist has always emphasised how important gum care is for a healthy mouth. I recoiled in horror when he explained the shrinking gums syndrome to me and how this condition could expose all the roots leading to inevitable extractions and prematurely false teeth! Consequently, with this horrendous threat in mind, the Crest electric toothbrush has increased the attention I pay to my teeth and gums and hopefully halted any tendency there may have been to dreaded shrinking gums. Electric toothbrushes are ideal if you have the following conditions: · Gingivitis or Gum Disease · Plaque control · Limited ability or manual control · Wear a brace (The electric toothbrush will reach into difficult crevices) · But always floss first!!!!! One or two tips on using and maintaining an electric toothbrush or indeed a manual one. Store the brush upright in order to drain surplus water away from the bristles thus avoiding bacterial growth. Don’t share your brush with anyone else and replace any brush when the bristles are worn and flare outwards. The teeth cleaning ritual is much more fun now, plus they feel shiny and look visibly whiter. I would imagine that an electric toothbrush would encourage young children to clean their
                    teeth properly. I am now on my third set of batteries and my Crest electric toothbrush is still in ‘mint’ condition after four months and regular twice daily brushing. This is nearly three times the life expectancy I anticipate from a manual brush and there is no sign of the bristles wearing out. So the Crest Spinbrush has proved both economical and efficient and personally highly recommended. In fact, I might even be able to able to cut down on my visits to the dentist from every three months to once every six months. Happy Cresting!

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