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I have never been too great at going to the dentist regularly. It?s not that I am particularly scared of them (unless they try and take teeth and then getting me in that chair is like trying to cuddle a shark) but time just goes by without an appointment and by the time I go it?s always a bit of a brainteaser trying to remember the last time I?ve been.
With that in mind, my last trip to the dentist was a bit of an ordeal and involved my first ever scrape and polish. From that moment, I vowed to take better care of my teeth. Point number one on that agenda was an electric toothbrush.
I chose this toothbrush because it was a brand I recognised as a reliable brand and it was on offer. It offers 3D cleaning (pulsates, oscillates and rotates) to remove up to a 100% more plaque than an ordinary manual toothbrush.
The first thing I noticed when I got this toothbrush home was that the charger which plugs into a socket was a two-prong and not a conventional three-prong so had to use my husband?s adaptor. This is a relatively small problem and may have even been stated on the box (I?ve since discarded the packaging) but is something to be aware of nonetheless.
Oral B say that the shape of their brush head is inspired by dental tools and it ertainly feels as though you are getting a good clean on use. Indeed, my teeth felt very smooth and looked very white immediately after using! The shape makes it very easy to get at all points in the mouth for an even clean.
My favourite feature about the brush is that it lets you know every thirty seconds to switch to a different quadrant of the mouth. As someone who always guestimated my 2 minutes of brushing with a toothbrush this has helped tremendously. It vibrates every thirty seconds, with a louder, longer whirring noise after 2 minutes to tell you that your clean is over.
Additionally, if you are brushing too hard, it will let you know with a loud whirring noise and a flashing red light to help control the force of your clean.
Whilst it does take a while to charge the brush, I don?t find you have to do it often, maybe once every 2-3 weeks so I don?t find this to be an issue.
My only gripe with this brush is that there is no feature to clean your tongue after a brush so I still use a manual brush for that as my mouth feels much fresher once the tongue has been cleaned. However, after looking at the Oral B site it seems there are more expensive brushes with that feature ? though for the price I think I?ll just stick with my aldi toothbrush!
Braun is a German consumer products company originally owned by The Gillette Company. Braun is now a subsidiary of Procter & Gamble, which acquired Gillette in 2005. In 2012, De'Longhi bought perpetual rights to manufacture Braun branded products from Procter & Gamble in the small appliance segment. Procter & Gamble continue to own the Braun brand.
From the outset the product looks much the same as any other electrical toothbrush, but it has a fair few little devices that put it above the rest. In the product description the Trizone heads offer 'powered bristles for hard-to-reach back teeth, stationary bristles for thorough surface cleaning and sweeping bristles for cleaning between the teeth'. For me they work wonderfully, leaving you feeling like you have just left the hygienist.
Based on the idea that you should clean your teeth for 2 minutes, Braun have devised an idea that you should brish each quadrant of your teeth for 30 second, with that in mind this toothbrush makes an audio signal every 30 seconds when you should move to the next quadrant. There is also another audible warning and a light to tell you when you are brushing too hard, which has done wonders to get me and my family into good habits.
Replacement heads cost £4+ each and need replacing every 6-8 weeks which is fairly steep when buying for a family, but then I've consoled myself with how much money I will be saving on dentist and hygienist bills. It is also compatible with older Oral-B heads.
The one big downside is that it takes all day to charge (about 17 hours for a full charge) which is just impossible when my whole family is using it (especially when my son forgets to put it back on charge) so we are having to keep manual toothbrushes on standby! A couple of other minor negatives are that it is a little noisy and you'll need to buy yourself a 2-pin socket adapter if you don't have a shaver socket.
So in conclusion, this is a great toothbrush that does the job really well, but it is expensive and so are the replacement heads and the charge takes forever.
Oral-B Trizone 1000 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush removes up to 100% more plaque / Reaches back teeth; / Cleans tooth surface; / Sweeps between teeth; / 40,000 pulsations/min; / Professional timer 4x30sec / Visual pressure indicator.