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It is recommended that your toothbrush head every three months as this will give you the maximum cleaning result. These Oral B heads include an indictor to let you know when the head needs changing which I think is a great feature. The blue colouring on the bristles turns white with use which indicates that you need to replace it. I would probably say that mine last about four to five months until they have turned completely white but I will replace them any time in between three and five months.
I know that replacement heads can be very expensive and sometimes almost as much as the toothbrush itself but at the end of the day the toothbrush isn't any use without the head, so I think it is something that you need to have of a good quality to do the job right. However I actually had a real bargain with these as I bought a pack of four from Ebay for £8.99 with free delivery. This pack is sold at Boots for £16.49 although they do have special offers on from time to time.
The heads come in the usual rigid plastic package which is almost impossible to open with your fingers, but I suppose that this does protect the brushes. The brushes have a criss cross bristle effect which is designed to remove plaque as the bristles are at several angles which I think is to get inside all the different shapes and sizes of your teeth. The bristles are also several different lengths with the ones at the top pointing inwards at angle.
I can say that I am more than pleased with these heads and my teeth always feel very clean and smooth following brushing. You do not have to use a lot of pressure with them as the different angles and direction of the brushes seem to work and remove any food from my teeth. I make sure that I pay as much attention to the back of my teeth and also the ones at the sides and this head does this with no problem at all. I would describe the bristles as quite firm but they have never rubbed my gums or made them sore.
As with most toothbrushes you just pull the old one off which comes off quite easy with a little tug and click the new one in place. I must say that I can tell a difference when I first start using a new brush and always wish I had done it sooner!
I would say that these heads are good quality and although I think they are quite expensive if you pay full price at the end of the day you only have one set of teeth so I like to look after them!
One of the many lasting effects from my pregnancy with my son seemed to be sensitive gums and teeth. With this in mind, when it came to replacing my electric toothbrush heads, I opted for the sensitive variety in the hope that these would be gentle on my gums. I already had an electric toothbrush which was manufactured by Oral B and these were compatible with that so it seemed a good way of ensuring that my tooth brush was as gentle on my teeth and gums as possible. I found these heads whilst searching online and bought a pack of two replacement heads from Chemist Direct for £8.57.
The heads come in a hard, clear plastic packaging that needs to be cut to be opened. There is a blue cardboard labelling with a picture of the brush heads contained and product description. Inside, there are two brush heads contained. These look much like the other Oral B brush heads I have bought previously. They are white plastic with a circular shape, about 6cm tall and hollow so that they can slot onto the toothbrush. The head itself is round in shape and very small - about the size of a five pence piece. This rotates when the toothbrush is switched on to clean the teeth. On each head, there are a series of blue coloured bristles - an inner circle that are a lighter blue and an outer circle that is a darker blue. There are two small plastic coloured rings contained that can be placed on the bottom of the brush head - handy if you share an toothbrush and just use different heads so you can easily identify yours.
I had previously just used Oral B replacement heads in the past and, to be honest, these looked very similar. The only difference being that the bristles felt noticeably softer to the touch and, when in use, were much softer on my gums. My concern was that they would not be as effective or give as good a clean as the ordinary brush heads but I did not find this to be the case at all. They were effective and thorough and left my mouth feeling clean and fresh. After several weeks of use, I felt that my teeth and gums were less sensitive and brushing certainly felt more comfortable and my gums did not bleed at all. The coloured bristles wear to white to about halfway on their length and this indicates that you need to replace the brush head. I find that mine last about 8 weeks before this happens, which does work out to be quite expensive as the replacement brush heads are pricey but I do feel that the quality of the brushes and the effect that they have on my teeth means that they are worth the money. I would definitely recommend these to anyone with a compatible toothbrush who has sensitive teeth or gums as they are really gentle and effective.
I have an oral B toothbrush which I love, you really can not beat the clean feeling you get from an electric brush compare with a regular manual one. When I change the brush heads I always experience a small amount of bleeding until I get used to the new rigid bristles, this time round though my gums were bleeding nearly every time I used it. I decided to try the sensitive heads as they were supposed to be much softer. Since trying them I really prefer them and will continue to use them.
==Price and availability==
These toothbrushes cost the same price as the regular ones and are priced at around £16.00 for a packet for four. You can buy in bulk which reduces the cost per head but this is the average price you will pay.
The heads will fit any Oral B tooth brush except those in the Sonicare range. The brush heads are the standard circular design array of bristles on a flexible rubbery head that moves and pulses. The bristles are a lot softer than regular brush heads and you feel this noticeable difference from just rubbing your thumb against the brushes. The bristles are blue with the outer ring being dark blue and the inner being light blue. The bristles are indicator ones so they start to fade halfway through usage so you know that soon you will be ready to swap the heads over. This helps you keep track of when to change them and keeps the toothbrush working at its optimum.
I was really pleased to notice that the brush heads were much softer on my teeth than on the previous ones. I did not have any bleeding once I started using the heads and found that I had a much more pleasurable teeth cleaning session. I was worried that the brush heads would not give a good a clean however I was pleased to notice that my teeth felt just as clean as they did before. The performance of the tooth brush is no different to the other heads and for this reason I will continue to use the sensitive heads. Throughout the lifetime of the head, although some of the bristles do spray out and become worn; they do not do this anymore than regular heads so they last just as long as any other heads.
Having bleeding gums is awful and it was starting to worry me always spitting blood into the sink. I was worried that I was making my gums sore and I really did not want to give up on my electric brush as I find it much easier to with the manual brush. These brush heads allow me to continue using my tooth brush and experiencing super clean teeth but minus the gum problems. I can imagine that people will be sceptical like me but as soon as you give these ago you will notice a difference.
The Oral-B EB17-4 Sensitive Replacement Brush Head 4 Pack is a set of four individual replacement brush heads / These brush heads, made specifically for sensitive teeth, have soft bristles and are soft on the teeth and gums, all while being thorough with the cleaning / The four heads in this Oral-B EB17-4 Sensitive Replacement Brush Head 4 Pack are compatible with Oral-B ProfessionalCare series (500, 1000) and Vitality series (Precision Clean) / Technical information Type of brush Electric toothbrush replacement head Other functions Extra soft bristles Type of head Oral-B Sensitive replacement head Colours White