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I have ventured into the world of electric toothbrushes recently, and I don't think I'll be going back. However, when I go away for trips, it isn't always convenient to take an electric toothbrush with me, so I have one in my travel bag that's manual.
I take my dental hygiene very seriously and so I carefully assessed the toothbrush I wanted to buy before I actually purchased it. I had a look around and it seemed that Oral B, with their great new cross action toothbrush could be the one for me.
I got mine from Boots and it cost me £3.49 which is a lot for toothbrushes as you can get some that are a lot cheaper. Having said this, we can't forget that this is an Oral B brand, therefore trustful, and that it is a new ish product with new "technology". The toothbrush comes in the world's toughest packaging (why do toothbrushes always do that?!), but from the outside the toothbrush sits in a clear bubble waiting to be used. There's nothing groundbreaking about the packaging, but there's nothing offensive either.
The toothbrush itself fits well in the hand, and has the usual rubbery sort of grips on it so that you have good control over what you are doing. There are a variety of bristles on the flexible head, which all go in different directions, hence the cross action name. The main problem I have with this is that it is quite strong and doesn't feel all that pleasant on your teeth. You know you are being cleaned, but it's quite a strong force that this toothbrush packs. The bristles have some kind of colour fading business also that lets you know when your toothbrush should be changed. This is more accurate than just saying every few months, because it actually depends on how much you use it, very useful!
The only other issue that I have with this brush, other than the cost and the forceful nature of the bristles, is that the ridges on the rubber tend to get tootpaste marks in the which is a bit unsightly. No big deal though, and this is a great manual toothbrush to have in your life!
I bought this toothbrush because I’d always been pleased with he Oral B toothbrushes I’d had before, and I’d been buying them since around 20 years ago, when I remember my dentist recommended them to me. It may even be longer ago that that, but I’m showing my age here! I haven’t used Oral B toothbrushes exclusively – they weren’t always even that easy to find in the shops in the earlier days. But I did prefer them, they always seemed to be that little bit softer, more comfortable to use, and there was a good range of sizes (OralB 40 was for small mouths, OralB 60 for bigger mouths – I probably don’t need to tell you which I am) So I bought an Oral B CrossAction toothbrush around 2 weeks ago, and I’m here to let you know what I think about it. This is where I think I need to introduce the ® sign every now and then, if it reproduces OK here! The packaging proudly mentions various things such as “Power tip bristles” and “CrossCross” bristles, both of which have the ® sign. The powertip bristles are at the very tip of the toothbrushes, the part that get most of the wear, usually, and here they are extra strong and densely packed. This is a feature that seems to be appearing on a lot of new toothbrushes. I don’t like it. My own experience of this, with the CrossAction, is that the toothbrush tip is far TOO powerful, to the extent that my gums were very painful after using it. And this is even though I was being extra careful about using the brush very lightly. We all know a scrubbing action is not the most effective way to clean your teeth and that the pressure should be very light. Oral B brushes come in 3 sizes – 35 - which is Compact 40 - Regular 60 - Full The size I’ve been using is the 40 regular size, and soft. Or so it says. In general, the toothbrush felt far from “soft” and I wouldn&
#8217; ;t recommend even the soft version for anyone who feels they would need a brush for sensitive teeth or gums. I wouldn’t say the criss-cross bristles do anything particularly wonderful either, they don’t seem any more likely to get into smaller crevices. The brush also has blue “Indicator” (® sign again) bristles which we’re all well used to by now – they help you to realize it’s a few weeks since we started using the thing and it could be time to get a new one. “The brand more dentists use themselves” is the slogan on the pack, and it works for me. As I mentioned, the dentist recommendation is what got me using Oral B’s in the first place. Another claim on the pack is that it “removes more plaque than today’s leading toothbrushes” - which is less impressive – it’s sounding a bit like a admission along the lines of yes we know we’re not one of the leading toothbrushes but... Visiting the website, at Oralb.com, is an interesting experience. It’s clearly a huge global concern, and much of the site is geared towards dental professionals, who they are hoping will recommend their toothbrushes and products to clients. It all looks like a big hard-sell and highly reminiscent of the medical salesmen who are always popping round to my local GP. I found this statement on there: “You can be confident that you won't find a better manual brush than the Oral-B® CrossAction® Toothbrush. It has been clinically proven1 to remove more plaque than leading toothbrushes” The reference to this “clinically proven” claim is as follows - One-time brushing studies; Am J Dent, 2000, Special Issue, Vol. 13. U.S. only. Now I don’t want to do these clinical studies down, but…well, it’s not the BMJ or the Lancet is it? The handle is “ergonomically” desig
ned, and ha s a rubber grip, with thumb stops. It feels OK to hold, but I don’t like it – the main reason is it’s too bulky, and there isn’t enough room for it along with my tube of toothpaste in the little jar I have for this purpose! There always used to be enough room with the old-fashioned standard Oral B toothbrush. The website advertises that the brushes are available in these colours – teal, plum, azure, and coal. They also list “Optic Orange, Luscious Lime, Yahoo Yellow and Powerful Pink. But I suspect these are for the US market, as I’ve never seen them here. I don’t recommend this toothbrush at all for anyone who prefers a softer brush – even the “soft” option was extremely painful on my gums. Worse than any toothbrush I’ve used in a long time. But I do recommend the regular kind of toothbrush from Oral B.
I had a nasty shock recently. I'm a bit useless when it comes to packing for trips away, and always forget one essential item. Usually it's my contact lens solution, but last weekend I arrived in Manchester only to realise I'd forgotten my toothbrush. My initial relief at having forgotten something so cheap was eroded quickly when I arrived at the relevant section in Boots. Having converted to electric toothbrushes three years ago, it's some time since I've had to buy a manual one. And so here was the shock - boy, are they expensive! I eventually selected the Oral-B CrossAction toothbrush. It was the most expensive of the bunch, but it looked impressive and I've always been happy with my Oral-B electric toothbrushes. They're available in 8 colours, and three head sizes, with Soft or Medium bristles, although I've found that most supermarkets and chemists will not stock the full range. As an added bonus, when I got to the checkout, the brush was on offer, and cost only £2.49 as opposed to the advertised price of £3.99. I left the shop a somewhat happy camper, and went to the bar to meet my friend... After all that wine, I definitely needed to brush my teeth, and therein lies the first challenge - getting into the packaging! Like most toothbrushes these days, whether of the electric or manual variety, the brush is packed in that insidious moulded clear plastic which you either attack sensibly with a pair of scissors, or wrestle with until your hands are bleeding, and then find a pair of scissors. Once I got in there, though, I was pretty happy with the result. The CrossAction toothbrush uses 'CrissCross' bristles - basically this means that there are bristles of two different lengths, pointing in opposing directions. It uses the unique Oral-B blue indicator for the outer bristles too - these fade to white as your toothbrush is used, and once the blue colour fades, you buy a new brush. Wh
at some people don't realise is that the colour only fades halfway, so it's easy to overshoot by a couple of weeks the first time without realising!! The variety in the bristles left my teeth feeling squeaky clean, and I did feel as though they got into every little corner of my mouth. The handle of the toothbrush has a light, but solid-feeling, moulded rubbery grip, so it doesn't slide and gives you great control. I found that it took less time to clean my teeth with this brush, but this could be a bad thing, as it might encourage people to rush and not clean properly as a result. For the standard two minute brushing, however, this is the best manual toothbrush I've ever used, and it also holds its own against an electric toothbrush. Unsurprisingly, Oral-B claim that this toothbrush is clinically proven to remove more plaque than leading toothbrushes. If you like a challenge, you can actually read the results of the clinical study on the website (address below)! This toothbrush is available from all the usual places - supermarkets, chemists, and some dental practices - ranging in price from £2.49 - £3.99, so it's worth shopping around. There is also currently a buy one get one free offer in Tesco. My only reservation about this toothbrush is the price, but as that's not far above standard anyway, I would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone, and would definitely buy it again myself. http://www.oralb.com/products/product.asp?tid=products&sub=manual&cid=manual&p id=crossaction
Multi-section elevated Power Tip bristles at the front of the brushhead wrap around teeth and help to brush hard-to-reach areas / Oral-B CrossAction's proprietary CrissCross bristles are positioned in opposing directions and are designed to flex and then straighten, actively penetrating between the teeth and along the gum line to lift out and sweep away plaque /