“ Brand: Aquafresh / Type: Toothbrush / What it does: Refreshes, „
Following this quarters inspection and torture session with Attilla the Dentist I've been advised (nagged) yet again to exit the dark ages and leave behind my manual toothbrush and venture into the realms of the battery powered modern ages. Ideally she'd love me to purchase a mains powered rechargable toothbrush but as the one she recommended was both £95 and required a shaver socket which we don't have. Because shes a very persuasive lady I was frogmarched out of the torture chamber clutching both a bright yellow two minute plastic timer (a huge hit with the demonic daughters) and an Aquafresh 3 way buzz toothbrush from the stash of free samples left with her by the many visiting sales reps. This was not an endorsement of the product more a kick up the bum and the only way she was going to stand a chance of persuading me to rethink my choice of toothbrush.
It came in a rigid plastic bubble with lots of spurious claims on the packaging making it sound more like something you 'd find in an Ann Summers catalogue than something you'd use to clean your teeth. Turns out it really vibrates. Hmmm. It also claims to adapt to the contours of my gums, bend to absorb excess pressure and will give me three times the cleaning action. Theres really only one way to find out and thats to use the thing.
Its a rather chunky design, much like those you find on a toddler training toothbrush with a round bulbous body making it easy to grip and comfortable to use. There are nobbley bits to add extra grip for your fingers which come in really handy as it seems to generate a lot of foam. A word of caution though its very messy to use. Add toothpaste, switch on. Switch off. Retrieve splat of toothpaste from a section of wall an impressive metre or so away. Once you've mastered the art of mushing the toothpaste into the bristles it becomes marginally less messy although it still generates a lot of foam in use.
The head is an unusual design and is split into three independent sections although it takes an awful lot of pressure to position them independently. The bristles are three different colours, textures and lengths but they're all rather long and make it awkward to reach my widom teeth.
The head is fixed and non-user replacable so once thats showing signs of age you have to dispose of the entire toothbrush. No matter as the battery is also non-replacable and begins to struggle long before the bristles fail. It has a single on off button requiring a definate push so you don't accidently turn it off midway through using it.
On my return visit to the dental demon it was noted that although my teeth were marginally cleaner I was using greater force than normal which was affecting my gums. It was indeed too big to reach the back quarter of my mouth where more plaque than normal had built up. Still shes happier with the end result and has sent me off in search of a power toothbrush with a smaller head and shorter bristles.
Theres a toothbrush out there to suit every mouth but this isn't the one for me.
I love trying new products so when this toothbrush popped through my door for me to try out I was very happy. I brushed my teeth with it straight away and have been using it every day for the last three months.
The special thing about the toothbrush from Aquafresh is that it is a vibrating toothbrush and rather than being electrically charged it simply has a small battery inside which has approximately three months life in it. I think this is a relatively good idea as it will remind you to replace your toothbrush as the battery runs out in line with dentist's guidelines.
In reality my brush began to wear down and not feel as powerful after the first month and this was a real disappointment as the initial reaction I had to the vibration was really positive. I have used an electric toothbrush before and this was slightly different as the brush head itself doesn't move, but gently vibrates, helping the plaque to be shaken loose. Unfortunately after a few weeks it was just a small pulsation rather than a good vibration that made you feel like you were achieving something extra with your brushing.
The other difference this has is that the head of the brush is split in three different ways and is not a solid chunk like most manual brushes. This gives the brush head more manoeuvrability to adapt to the shape of your teeth and gums. I did find this was a good feature and I did notice the difference when it came to brushing. It felt more complete when I brushed and it was as though the brush had reached more areas of my mouth than my normal manual toothbrush.
The main problem I had with this brush was that the bristles on the brush only seem to come in medium strength and I do prefer my toothbrushes to be hard bristles as this makes my mouth feel much fresher. I found myself alternating between brushes and actually giving my mouth a quick once over with my hard bristled brush after doing the main work with the vibrating one.
I am not convinced I will go on buying this brush because at £4.49 I think it is a bit too expensive for what is essentially a posh disposable toothbrush, and added to the fact that it is too soft and the battery life was not as good as I had hoped for I think I will stick to my manual brush.
These only seem to be available in Superdrug, Boots and Waitrose at the moment but I am sure they will flood the market soon.
Manual vibrating toothbrush powered by a battery /