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Prior to our recent trip to Australia I decided to buy the toiletries we would need during our stay. I had been advised that many items are much more expensive in Australia and I didn't want to have to spend time shopping!
I have an electric Oral B toothbrush and really rate it. However I didn't want to take this plus adapter and toothbrush heads for each of us on the trip. The solution was found during a trip to Tesco when I spotted a half price offer on Oral B pulsar toothbrushes. I decided these were the solution and bought 3 in different colours. These toothbrushes normally sell for around £6 and so at £3 I was happy to give them a try!
Oral B is a brand I am loyal to, so I expected these pulsar brushes to perform well. Each toothbrush comes packaged on a cardboard base with difficult to get into plastic. There are several colours available so each member of the family can have easily identify their brush.
The pulsar brush has soft vibrating bristles which Oral B claim are pressure sensitive and will adjust to the contours of your teeth and gums insuring all plaque and food particles are removed effectively. Each brush is designed to last about 3 months and the battery cannot be replaced.
The brush is operated by pressing the small button on the handle which then starts the brush vibrating. There is a second button to press to turn off the brush when you have finished brushing. The bristles are quite soft and of different lengths to ensure they get between the teeth for effective cleaning.
I have not used a manual toothbrush for many years, so the first few times I used this brush I found it a little strange to hold! However once I had got used to the slim handle (compared to my electric brush) I found it very comfortable to hold and use. The small on button is easy to operate and starts the bristles vibrating gently. The brush is used as you would use any manual brush with the added advantage that the bristles vibrate making it easier to remove all food debris from between the teeth.
I found that my teeth felt really clean after using this brush. I suffer from sensitive teeth and the brush didn't aggravate the problem. My children also liked these brushes and my youngest child found it fun to use. After 3 months use the batteries in all 3 brushes are still working and there is no sign of wear to the bristles. I do prefer my electric tooth rush but found the pulsar an excellent choice to take on holiday!
This has been my choice of toothbrush for a few years now. I first tried it when I was looking at electric toothbrushes and decided they were too expensive. I certainly noticed a difference in my teeth on using it and find now that if I ever have to use a totally manual brush, that my teeth never feel as clean.
The toothbrush has a medium to hard head and has some different length bristles at the front. I have always used oral B brushes and am happy with this firmness of head.
To work the "pulsar" element, there are two soft plastic buttons in the middle of the nadle, one for on and one for off. I switch it on once the toothpast is applied and then brush my teeth in the normal manner. The brush vibrates giving a more effective brushing of the teeth. Once done, I switch it off and rinse the toothbrush in the normal way.
The brush always lasts the full six months you keep a toothbrush as does the pulsar action. As for value for money, I can only say that I never check the price as it's the only one I use now and my dentist never comments adversely on the results.
Oral B Pulsar Toothbrush
I have only ever had one electric toothbrush - the Oral B Pulsar Toothbrush, which is actually a battery powered toothbrush but was described on the packaging as being the same concept at a fraction of the price.
Oral B are a leading manufacturer of toothbrushes, both electric and normal and one of my trusted brands. The B stands for brush, but they also make lots of other oral hygiene products. The brand was created in 1950.
The Pulsar toothbrush comes in the typical toothbrush packaging, with a cardboard back and clear, see through plastic front where you can clearly see the toothbrush displayed. I always struggle to open these packages! The main packaging colour is blue with the Oral B branding on the front and a brief product description. It boasts a 'Clean you can feel'. The reverse has more product info and instruction on how and when to use the toothbrush.
The Pulsar toothbrush doesn't look any different to a regular toothbrush in my opinion, it is perhaps a bit chunkier around the handle and stem, but other than that it looks like your average brush. The toothbrush I bought was blue in colour, with a mix of light to dark blue rubber grips on and around the handle and a white end where the toothbrush head is.
The base of the handle is where the AAA battery is that causes the pulse, which is apparently non replaceable. However it does look as if you could just turn it and take the base of the toothbrush off. Mid way up the toothbrush is where you turn the pulse action on and off during use, with a simple one press on (+) and off (-) buttons in a soft rubber material.
The toothbrush bristles are blue, green, yellow and white and differ on the different length of the bristles. These are known as Oral B's Micropulse bristles, which pivot and pulse with the pulsar movement to remove food and plaque and stimulate your gums. Another unique feature with this toothbrush is the pressure sensitive split head that moves with your brush strokes and enable you to get into all the nooks and crevices in you mouth.
When I first used this toothbrush I found it quite bizarre - having never used an electric toothbrush before. The pulse is quite string and very loud! You simple put your toothpaste on the bristles and then press the on button and the toothbrush buzzes into action. The brush moves easily over my teeth and it almost feels as if it is moving around my mouth of its own accord! The bristles are quite dense and manage to get into all the areas that I imagine my normal toothbrush wouldn't reach with the added aid of the pulse action.
I quite liked this toothbrush, it made my teeth and mouth feel very clean and smooth after using it, but then so do my regular brushes with a very thorough and vigorous brush, I also think that the type of toothpaste you use creates that really clean feeling. I wouldn't say that it made that much of an impression or difference that I would rebuy one unless it was on a special offer, priced at £6 and with having to change my toothbrush every 3 months or so I have gone back to a regular brush for now. But overall it is a good product from Oral B.
It's a necessity isn't it for a good portion of the population to have a toothbrush in their collection, and part of their daily routine... When it comes to picking a toothbrush now there are a lot to choose from, and although dentists seem to recommend every brand when you walk round a shop eying up toothbrushes - it still takes a bit of deciding what the right toothbrush for your teeth is.
~*~ The Oral B Pulsar ~*~
This weapon of choice is made by a company that insists it's used by more dentists than any other brand... They claim that with its soft vibrating bristles it will break down the plaque between teeth, by just brushing normally as you would with a manual tooth brush; and with its adjusting head, it will mould to the contours of your teeth to provide an all over clean - it also claims to moderate the amount of pressure on teeth and gums. (I thought that was the job of the person controlling the tooth brush but still!)
~*~ Do I like it? ~*~
I've been using the particular toothbrush for a good few years now so I do really like it yes. It combines the good parts behind an electric toothbrush, with a much longer head than a lot of the fully electric toothbrushes have. So I'll admit it's not the toothbrush with the most movement in it, but if you switch it on with the top button on the handle, you can see the individual coloured bristles moving, but admittedly it doesn't look like they'd do much. When my battery went flat in one of my toothbrushes before it needed replacing, it was hard work to get the same kind of affect just using the toothbrush on its own so it does provide a bit of extra in cleaning power.
Warning: Don't try and replace the battery because as easy as is looks, it never works quite the same way again!
That comes from personal experience as I changed the battery in my last one, and well it never pulsated again, even after fiddling with the prongs on the end, it wouldn't turn on - I think I managed to get a second of vibration out of it and that was it! So I had to go get another toothbrush since I had ruined the one I did have. I really had to have my toothbrush vibrating because of the difference it makes to your teeth. Where if you don't have the vibration you find to get the same kind of clean you have to physically brush a bit harder, which runs the risk of damaging your gums, so it's nice to have that extra bit of help from the pulsating bristles to sweep away the plaque and what's left of your food off your teeth.
Other than if you lose your vibration, the bristles are really quite kind to your teeth, with other versions of this toothbrush, like Asda's version for example - the bristles have been quite harsh and have made my gums look quite red and sore, without even brushing very hard. So far in a few years I've not had this problem at all, even when I had a tooth removed, when I started to brush around the area it barely irritated it. If you do find though that it is a bit harsh and you have the medium brush, you can always get the soft version - which has softer bristles that will be kinder to your gums.
This tooth brush does a great at cleaning teeth if I'm honest, you'll rarely find that you've missed places with this brush because even if you're doing it first thing in the morning and you're a little bit asleep; I find that my teeth still feel really clean thanks to the vibrating bristles, but it might also be to do with my toothpaste having microbeads in it, but either way in combination I have smooth teeth, that when I run my tongue over them I'm happy with. The toothbrush is powerful enough to give your teeth an all over clean, without being too harsh on any sensitive parts - a definite all round good toothbrush that I've recommended to people who have also become a fan as it really seems to work on their teeth as well as it does on mine.
They say to change your toothbrush about every 6 weeks, if you do this you'll find that your toothbrush will not look like it needs replacing at all these toothbrushes have such a good shelf life for quality, for germs not so good obviously which is why they need replacing... In the 6-8 weeks I have mine the battery hasn't run out apart from once which in about 3 years is pretty good going. I've never had a time where the bristles have frayed or fallen out either, which gives me confidence this toothbrush is more than worth its money!
~*~ Price and Availability ~*~
I've seen this toothbrush everywhere, from Boots and Superdrug, to all the supermarkets around me, so you're not going to struggle to find it... It's even on amazon if you want to get it with vouchers! They vary in price but have come down since I started buying them, I got my last brush last week from Asda for £3 and they are the same in Tesco at the moment so grab one while you're out shopping!
I bought one of these as they were on offer in Morrisons. The toothbrush promises to pulsate in the mouth, giving you a more thorough clean.
The first one of these that I bought didn't work so I returned it and bought another. The toothbrush itself is pleasant to use and the bristles are soft and they aren't too harsh on the gums either. After using this toothbrush my teeth felt clean, although they felt no cleaner than when I have used an ordinary toothbrush. The handle on the toothbrush is comfortable to hold and gives you a good grip. I found that the toothbrush never slipped out of my mouth during use and the pulsating vibes in my mouth were quite nice!
Overall this is an average toothbrush. It doesn't really do anything else for the teeth as opposed to "normal" toothbrushes. The pulsating aspect to it doesn't last very long though, mine ran out within a month and the average toothbrush is supposed to last you for three months.
I will award this toothbrush with three stars. It's easy and pleasant to use and it doesn't irritate the gums. It's suitable for most mouths (except the younger generation) and is okay to use on false teeth.
Not a bad toothbrush. It's a little overpriced but not bad if you manage to grab one on offer.
Oral B - always on the search for something new in the world of teeth cleaning - even if its completely pointless.
So, what's new in the world of Oral B?
So you know how tooth brushes just don't seem to mould to the contours of your teeth? Well oral b split head technology allows the head to...well, to mould to the shape of your teeth!
Now there's no need to actually turn your wrist to reach those hard to reach gaps.
Little yellow flappy things pulse using a triple A battery in the handle helping break up the plaque between your teeth!
Do you sense my sarcasm? It all seems just a little bit unnecessary.
But what it is useful for is this:
Being able to take an electric toothbrush on holiday. It takes up no more space than a normal toothbrush so it can be packed away neatly, and if you buy it on offer need be no more expensive either (£6 from boots but about £2.20 from a knock off shop).
It does clean your teeth better than a manual affair. You know when you lick your teeth and they just feel shinier and smoother, that's the kind of effect. Feels good.
It isn't as good as a plug-into-the-mains electric, though. So I'd recommend buying one of those for home use, but for occassional holiday use, well worth it!
What do you use every night and morning, it's electric, buzzes and leaves you with a nice smile? That's right: it's the Oral-B Pulsar toothbrush!
I first bought one of these without realising it was electric, i.e. battery powered. Imagine my surprise when one morning I accidentally hit the "on" button and it started to buzz! So, even without this feature it makes a reasonable - if expensive at around £6- toothbrush. It has a good-sized grip, a slightly flexible stem and an unusual vertically split head. This last feature is intended to limit the pressure you can apply to your teeth and gums and so avoid damaging them. The real "trick" of the design though are the rows of "Micropulse" bristles along each edge of the brush head. These are designed to be free to oscillate in response to the vibration generated by the electric motor in the brush handle. So that you notice them, they are bright yellow.
As a toothbrush, this does a good job in my opinion. It always leaves my mouth feeling clean and fresh and I like the extra control of a manual toothbrush. By the way, electric toothbrushes never work well in my family since there are never enough different coloured rings available and inevitably somebody ends up with an uncharged toothbrush or having to retrieve it from behind the toilet. Much nicer with my own brush I find. On the downside, the end of the handle is quite large and hard and may not be comfortable for smaller hands, while the separate on and off buttons are slightly stiff - not good if you have any arthritis in your hands. According to the manufacturer, the handle contains a non-renewable Duracell AAA battery. Of which, more anon.
After my first experience I decided to buy another. While the original one lasted three months without serious loss of battery power, I was disappointed when the replacement lost its buzz after only two or three weeks use. Had I left it on? Unlikely with the buzz it makes. Had my children been investigating what made it work? Possible, certainly. So undeterred I bought another. At first it seemed better and lasted a month before one morning it became erratic, buzzing well then weakly and finally stopping. Within a couple of days it was dead, again! What to do with two expired Pulsars? (I had kept the first in case it came back to life after a rest - it didn't.)
Firstly, knowing that there was a Duracell battery inside I didn't want to throw it in the main rubbish bin; recycling was indicated, but how? Given that I am in that part of the population that doesn't keep its old toothbrush wrappers, I had no information of how to dispose of it correctly. Neither could I find any advice on the Oral-B website. So, purely in the interest of research I decided to open up my toothbrushes. Breaking open the first I found the Duracell AAA battery as expected, which was marked "not for resale, original equipment only". Testing this showed it to be completely flat.
Now I knew how it was put together I was able to open the second one without damage. The bottom of the handle simply unscrews and there appears to be no glue or sealant to prevent this, just a thin rubber washer acting as a seal. I used two pairs of pliers with some tape around the brush handle to avoid damage. The brush opened very easily. It was then possible to extract the battery (dead as a dodo) by bending back the electrical contact underneath it. Fitting a replacement and pressing the electrical contact back in position produced a satisfactorily strong buzz. A perfect repair? Not quite; by bending back the contact I had affected the switch mechanism, which no longer worked correctly. However by packing the handle with suitable material (a scrap of paper towel) I was able to bring the toothbrush back to life though it now turns on and off by twisting the handle and not pressing the buttons. Perhaps Oral-B could have designed it like this in the first place since it feels more natural this way.
Incidentally, although the battery I now use was an old one kicking around at the back of the drawer and past its sell by date, it gives a stronger buzz than ever before. Perhaps those "original equipment" Duracell batteries are of a lower capacity than the retail ones.
After using a manual toothbrush A thought that it was time for a change. After hearing about these on TV A thought that i would give it a go and i was just in luck as they were half price in SuperDrug. Initially i had some doubts about how effective they can be but I am quite impressed with the overall product.
When i first opened the packet i was actually very impressed with the size of the toothbrush. What made it even better was that it was not as big as other electronic toothbrushes and I did not need to recharge it every night.
There is also space on the bottom of the toothbrush where you are able to change the battery. After reading someone elses review i think that this might be its biggest downfall but i am glad that there is an option where we can change it and not throw away a perfectly good toothbrush.
When I first used the product I noticed how much it you cannot feel on your teeth although you can clearly see it rapidly vibrating.
Unlike other electronic toothbrushes it does not feel so rough on your teeth but i am unsure whether this is a good thing or not but as my teeth are quite sensitive i did not mind this.
However i do have one big disappointment with this toothbrush, no timer. We are reminded that we should clean our teeth for at least 2 minutes but it is very difficult to know how long you have been brushing your teeth for. This is one of my most minor complaints with the product which they could probably easily implement.
After my initial doubt of no timer i did really see and feel the difference that this toothbrush makes from my previous manual toothbrush. I do really think that it has made a massive difference but i am not sure how this compares to other electronic toothbrushes.
I think that the biggest selling point with this product is its size. It feels like a normal manual toothbrush and it cleans a lot better. Also you do not have the hassle of charging it constantly every night. In remark to my earlier minor concern about the battery life i read on the packet that it can last 3 months, which is perfect considering that we are advised to re new out toothbrushes every 3 months, great!
Overall I think that this is a good substitute for a manual toothbrush but i would use it just as that, for going on holiday and weekends away. I think that the electronic toothbrushes can do a better job and does mean that we are not replacing our whole toothbrush and I do think that it can be a very costly as its rrp is £6.
After becoming bored with my Oral -B electrical tooth brush, (white, plain and dull), I decided to get a regular tooth brush. I did try the n on electrical ones but ended up with tooth decay a month later- seeing as the only thing I had changed was the tooth brush, I decided to swap back to an electrical tooth brush.
I looked for replacement heads which normally set me back around £3.50 each. I hate paying for these as they are dull and also I feel electric tooth brushes are too small.
The I saw on the shelf this Oral -B Pulsar tooth brush- it was an electrical tooth brush but with a larger head! Excellent! Even better, it had silicon type parts through it to enhance cleaning.
I was at first a bit unsure about the silicon parts- I pictured them creaking along my teeth and toching on nerves... sending my hair on edge, but these were Oral -B, I figured I could complain and get some type of a refund or compensation and maybe then buy the heads for my electrical tooth brush instead.
I was actually looking forward to using this when I got to the evening- and I was not disappointed- I really like this tooth brush!
The silicon parts to the tooth brush do not feel any different to the actual bristles once in my mouth, it was painless and didn't raise a single hair. The silicon parts are there to enhance the cleaning, and I really do think it makes a difference.
It essentially vibrates when you press the button, and stops when you press the button, the button is dead centre on the handle so its very easy to control.
It generally lasts about 3 months, if you brush your teeth for 2 minutes every day. You cannot change the battery, you have to throw the whole thing away which I was a little disappointed with, as it does not feel good to throw away -bad for the environment.
I have bought this multiple times but have never paid the full price: its rrp is £5.99 but quite often it is sold at half price in stores like Tesco and Sainsbury's and is £2.50. This and the Colgate electrical tooth brush, usually one or the other is on offer, this makes it cheaper then the heads of an electrical tooth brush and is the main reason I keep on buying this.
My gum irritation did go away and since using these, has not returned, I actually feel this makes a difference to the feeling of my teeth with my tongue, they actually feel cleaner/smoother and I don't have big issues with plaque.
The rating I have given this toothbrush is poor, not due to its performance but to its incredibly-low battery life.
It is comfortable to use, very effective and also manages to reach all the tooth surface due to the flexibility of its bristles. I usually have to use a child's size toothbrush as I have a very small mouth and my teeth are tightly-packed.
So why the 2-star rating? The packaging states that this brush should last for 3 months approximately. I am on my 3rd brush in 3 months due to the battery life being so low. I only brush my teeth twice a day and for less than the recommended 3 minutes so this is hardly excessive use. I thought that my first brush must be a rogue but now know, after 2 further brushes, that this brush simply doesn't last for more than 4 weeks or so. This renders it far less affordable long-term than it would originally appear and I am now considering purchasing an electric or sonic toothbrush instead.
I am getting to the stage now where after a constant daily use within two week periods of using my Philips Sonic toothbrush it is beginning to lose power. This doesnt mean that Im going to rush out and buy the latest Sonic brush but it does mean that between the hours of charging, they would appear to fall into my night time before bed time or morning after showering time slots; i.e. when I want to brush my fangs.
Ironically enough I am a firm believer of returning to tradition when technology begins to lose its flavour but after returning to a manual toothbrush I didnt quite feel as if my teeth were being cleaned. There is of course a reason for this;
The year the Sonic brush was given to me as a gift from my parents (and little did they know) I had gone out and independently bought a battery operated Braun electric toothbrush. The comparisons between the Philips Sonic and the Oral-B Braun were most obvious; whilst the Sonic pinged and cleaned between my teeth and gums and gave that wonderful feeling of being really clean, the Braun coped well for a weekend return toothbrush at my parents and does the best job it can for all that it oscillates and vibrates, nothing beats the feeling from the Sonic brush. But the Braun has the advantage of having constant power, if slightly more expensive having to replace the 2 AA batteries over time but it only gets used 2 days a week for the time I get to go home every week, and like the Sonic has a 2 minute cleaning warning which puts a different speed of vibration to let you know.
I really dont have the best teeth in the world so I am making up for lost time, and for a student teacher you really do need a clean smile at the start of every day!
And as for manual toothbrushes? The last time I had one was well over five years ago!
** The Design **
The Oral-B Pulsar brush however is slightly different. Whilst it has the AAA Duracell battery fitted to it, it looks like a standard brush with a slightly bigger handle to accommodate the said battery. My Pulsar is the blue and white version although this was the only colour option at the time on sale. It is nicely coloured though, doesnt look very cheap and good attention has been paid to the seals around the battery and the whole brush which is designed to look like one whole item rather than a battery fitted brush. Therefore the whole unit is completely water proof.
Surprisingly against standard electric/battery operated toothbrushes, you get a full brush head here which has been split down the middle. Here comes the Oral-B tech speak. The split down the middle is supposed to allow for individual movement and pivots against the teeth and indeed the whole of the users mouth but in reality Ive so found very little actual evidence of the split doing anything other than allowing the paste to run away faster once the brushing is done and rinsing under a running tap!
Secondly the bristles are just like a standard brush on first observation; you can buy soft or medium type brushes. There is only one other difference; the extra rubber plastic bristles which have been additionally placed before and after the standard nylon bristles. These plastic bristles are coloured in yellow with blue rubber rings.
Apparently according to Oral-B the Pulsar bristles have been engineered so that the blue and yellow bristles (rubber and plastic inserts) are supposed to grip each tooth to clean away food particles against the usual nylon bristles which do the normal cleaning job. According to Oral-B this brush cleans better than the leading manual toothbrush but as the owner and user of two different electric toothbrushes I cant really comment on my own personal findings with manual types here. It is designed to brush and stimulate gums with the aid of the vibration.
** Price **
Whilst this brush may well appear cheap at £2-99 it does however fill the need for a consumer who may well have forgotten to pack their electric or battery operated toothbrush. Whats the major difference?
The Oral-B Pulsar is a disposable toothbrush. You cant replace the battery, you cant replace the brush head and the battery has been designed to last three months. So how does it perform?
** Using it **
I found I can add the same amount of paste and put it on the bristles like a normal brush and there are two buttons on the handle, one for on and the other for off which give off a cheap snapping sound when activated. On inspection then it just looks like a standard tooth brush with extra grips set into the handle for complete cleaning control and user movement.
At first I thought the feeling in my mouth was deceiving me though; whilst the normal brushes feel ok the plastic bristles appear tough but feel quite soft at different points in my mouth. What I dont enjoy is the rubber rings on the yellow plastic bristles; at times they squeak and squeal a little in my mouth whilst brushing to and fro feels like the bristles have all impacted within themselves. Indeed it is almost like I am chewing bubble wrap without the bubbles bursting! I cant think of any other way to describe it but it definitely feels different to standard nylon brushes both on the Sonic and the Braun here.
So whilst the blue and yellow bristles are supposed to grip each tooth to clean away food particles, I cant see that they are doing any job differently to what I am used to.
The major downside is a characteristic of a heavy coffee drinker and occasional smoker; this brush doesnt clean right down into the gum area and removal of tartar has proved to be difficult. In this instance the Braun and Sonic are much better here as they usually get rid of tartar with several sweeps.
The noise of the motor in the brush however is quite quiet and it doesnt detract any other sensation new to me other than those pesky plastic bristles. The size of the brush head however is slightly larger than what I am used to and getting to the gums on the top level of my mouth has been slightly more difficult for all round access.
** Any Other Details **
All parts are naturally recyclable although this is a claim made by the manufacturers whilst it is available in compact and large sizes and a range of different colours such as blue, yellow, purple (lilac) and green. The bristles do not feel sharp upon contact either with my tongue, teeth or gums but they do feel as if the plastic bristles shouldnt be there. Even after prolonged use, the feeling is strange compared to normal brushes.
The 3 month battery time is based on a cleaning time of 2 minutes per use. What a pity then that Oral-B havent fitted a gauge-able vibration alert to warn owners that the 2 minutes of cleaning has been used up.
** Conclusion **
And thats the story of the Oral-B Pulsar. I cant say that this is an ideal toothbrush which gets my mouth really clean and for the price of this product its not that far off from a standard manual toothbrush. For many different consumers Im sure this is one item you could buy in lieu of taking or forgetting your normal electric toothbrush with you. The Pulsar is great for a quick fix but against the fantasy of those bristles, the reality of the performance is below expectations. What is stopping Oral-B from just producing standard nylon bristles instead?
Whilst it may appear more expensive, I can't but help recommending other products. At least with Brauns own Oral-B battery operated toothbrush, here is a far better proposition, particularly if some packs come with one or two replacement heads with coloured rings; at least it still comes with fresh batteries and ready to use whilst performing a better cleaning task. Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2007.
Pulsar has unique vibrating MicroPulse bristles that work in two ways / First, they pivot back and forth to penetrate deep between teeth and along the gumline / Second, they gently pulse to lift up food and plaque and stimulate gums / Revolutionary MicroPulse Bristles, made of textured rubber, pivot and penetrate deep to sweep away food and plaque like tiny windshield wipers for your teeth /