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===A Sensitive Issue===
As a long-term sufferer with tooth sensitivity, I find I need to be very careful about the kind of toothbrush I use. My dentist advised that one with soft bristles was essential for me. I have an electric toothbrush, but I often find that I can't tolerate it and revert back to a manual one. For several years I have used Sensodyne's Pronamel brush, but lately it has become difficult to track down in our town and I had resorted to stocking up when I found some. The time came when I needed a new brush but could not find one of these. When I came across this Colgate brush I felt a mixture of relief and caution.
===The Right Package===
I was in our local Tesco when I saw this toothbrush. Coincidentally it was at the same time that I decided to buy Colgate's Pro Relief toothpaste for the first time - I think that was what drew my attention to it, as I'd genuinely not spotted it before. Rarely for me, I read the information on the packaging quite thoroughly before deciding to buy - not that there is much of it. However, the '48% softer bristles for sensitive teeth and gums' persuaded me to give it a go. The information that it claims to clean tongue, cheeks and gums as well as teeth added to the attraction. The head was bigger than I was used to, and of a different shape, so I wasn't sure that I would get on with it. At around £4 it's not cheap for a manual toothbrush, but I felt it wouldn't be a huge loss if I couldn't get on with it.
===Gentle, Effective Cleaning ===
This toothbrush has a soft textured tongue and cheek cleaner as well as really soft bristles. I tend to use the brush for this purpose, though. In use I don't think it's quite as soft as my old Sensodyne choice, but that was less of a problem than I'd feared as my teeth and gums seemed to adjust to the new brush quickly. I thought that it might scrub my gums too much and used it pretty gingerly to start with, and now I'm used to it I'm finding it is actually very good. I feel I'm getting a thorough clean without damaging my gums or enamel any further. The longer bristles at the top of the head help me to reach areas I struggled to clean with the Sensodyne brush, which doesn't have comparable ones. I find the Colgate brush comfortable to hold, too.
===To Buy Again?===
I have only been using the brush for about three weeks, and it isn't showing any major wear yet. Colgate advise replacement within three months in any case, as I believe most reputable brands do. I think it very likely that I will be buying this one again as I am pleased that I tried it and happy with all aspects of using it. It's a five star rating for me and I recommend trying it if you have sensitivity issues that require a soft brush. It would also be good if you were happy with an electric brush but wanted a manual soft brush for travelling etc. I just hope that it remains available, as I find it frustrating when a product I like is discontinued with no equivalent replacement.
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©Verbena October 2013
Dental research is now suggesting that the way we brush rather than the stiffness of the bristles we are brushing with has far more to do with oral health, so bye bye wire brush. Anyone who has sensitive gums or has suffered from gum disease in the past will know that an ordinary toothbrush can be anything from uncomfortable to down right painful to use. The Colgate 360 Sensitive is extremely soft and allows you to be far more thorough in getting to all those little corners that may have been too sensitive before, often leading to a vicious circle of sensitivity and more invasive dental work. Having recently changed to this toothbrush I can categorically say that I will never change back. The price is not too shocking either at around £4.00 and as it is available as various stores with loyalty schemes you could be earns points for things you really want too. Ohh and with a tongue and cheek cleaner too you can fight bad breath at the same time.
Myself and my teeth do not have a very good relationship. My two root canals are evidence of this, however I now have had to regulate my diet which means no sugar so perhaps my teeth might start to fair a bit better too. I admit that my care regime of my teeth can be a bit scatty. I might brush them, then go back up to the kitchen later, eat something, then forget to brush again. Its laziness. Nothing else. You'd think £500 of dental work would have made me learn my lesson, but it didn't. I think I am rebelling against the years of train track braces my mum made me get.
To begin the review, my teeth are sensitive, they are nice and white, but I have quite a few fillings. They are straight. People say I have lovely teeth, but in reality they don't know the truth. They look ok from the front, but they aren't when you get into things in finer detail. They also make me jolt when I eat anything too cold or hot. The gums bleed with a good brushing. So... all is not well!
I have never really bought in to the sensitive teeth market, just generally sticking with the same as what the rest of the family use. It just happened that this week I needed a new toothbrush and Tesco had an offer on the Colgate 360. I picked up an green one and popped it in the trolley. I didn't really give it a second thought. When I got home I left it in the bathroom. A toothbrush isn't something that I would get terribly excited over. In fact I didn't even realise it was for sensitive teeth until later that night.
When I took the toothbrush from it's packaging (no mean feat by the way) I was slightly impressed. It had these little rubbery grooves to rest your finger and thumb in. And remarkably they felt really really nice. I just felt the urge to keep flicking the rubbery edges. The same rubbery feeling was on the opposite side of the brush. It was textured and rubbery. This was the 'tongue scraper.' This is my first toothbrush with a tongue scraper.
Within the brush bristles you can make out two circular bits. These are polishers apparently. So while you are brushing away, the underside of the toothbrush is cleaning the inside of your cheeks and the are simultaneously little polishing pads polishing away. It seems like a lot to be going on at one time, but the feeling is very refreshing. I have to admit to enjoying brushing with this one. It was a very nice experience.
With anything, the proof comes afterwards and I found myself posing in the mirror after the first brush. My teeth were glistening. They felt so smooth. My cheeks and inner lips felt clean and refreshed. I was very impressed. Even in the morning, my breath was still fairly fresh. I assume this is because the inside of my mouth also got a really thorough going over at the same time.
In terms of sensitivity, I didn't notice that it made any huge difference from my previous toothbrush, my teeth still bled as they would have usually. But this time I really felt as if I was getting rid of every single last piece of grime that was located in my mouth after an average day.
I am so impressed. I have found myself really enjoying brushing my teeth with this brush. It's no longer just a daily mundane chore, and I give my teeth their full 2 minutes brushing. I would recommend this tooth brush to anyone, not just those with sensitive teeth. It cleaned everywhere in my gob, effortlessly.
I have had a quick nosey at their website to see exactly why it cleans so well, and over there the facts really speak for themselves. The Colgate 360 (don't know that this is the sensitive version that they have tested though) removes up to 40% more plaque than the leading US toothbrush. My own mouth agrees. It still is tingling with sparkly diamond teeth. I will never change toothbrush again.
A wholehearted recommendation from me.
A revolutionary new toothbrush specially designed for sensitive teeth and gums, with less wear on sensitive tooth areas compared to a regular soft, flat-trim toothbrush / It gives a gentle yet superior clean, and with its unique cheek and tongue cleaner removes more bacteria for a whole mouth clean /