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Although I have use of an electric toothbrush I do still like to have a 'manual' toothbrush to hand. The Sensodyne Pronamel Toothbrush is my weapon of choice and although I do begrudge paying so much for such a product I think around £3 for this model is both expensive but justified. You could opt for a cheaper toothbrush, but then you wouldn't get the features the Sensodyne Pronamel toothbrush comes with.
The first thing I noticed about this toothbrush was the design. It does look stylish and up to the task. The head of the brush is relatively small in comparison to other toothbrushes I have used, but I suppose a smaller head allows you to get into the hard to reach areas easily. The bristles of the head are quite soft to the touch but don't start coming away in your mouth like the cheaper brands often do. The head is rather odd, it is basically a flexible head made from a gel-like material. The head holds the bristles, allowing them more flexibility due to the gel head they sit on. Apparently this is to give a better overall cleaning experience and better results.
The handle of the toothbrush also gives a sense of comfort to the user. The handle is a little longer and slimmer than I am used to, but it has a gel pad to allow you comfort and also grip. The handle also contains the words 'Sensodyne Pronamel' which finish off the quality look to the toothbrush.
I think overall that the design and materials used in this toothbrush give a much better result than some of the cheaper toothbrushes available. Although the head is really flexible and you may find it hard to get a good go at your teeth there are reasons for this. Your teeth do feel cleaner, as it isn't always brute force that gets your teeth clean. The other reason is probably a little-known fact I am aware of. If you brush your teeth too enthusiastically after eating sugary food you can actually do more harm than good in cleaning your teeth. You can effectively brush the enamel off your teeth as enamel softens during eating sugary foods.
The Sensodyne Pronamel toothbrush gives your teeth a gentle but effective clean and really does cater for sensitive teeth due to its flexible gel head. I have to award this product 4 out of 5 stars due to the cost, although i still think it is worth the added expense to keep the dentist away!
The other day I popped into my bathroom to get myself all spruced up and was livid to see that my toothbrush had sprouted legs and run off! I started yelling at my flatmate about it when she finally admitted she had kicked it out and simply forgotten to tell me that she had bought me another one and handed me a box. I was really annoyed, my toothbrush was only a couple of weeks old and I had liked it but she informed me she had gotten me this one because I had been to the dentist and was told I had a problem with my tooth enamel wearing thin (as I have an eating disorder and the acid is harming it) and she thought this one may be a bit more gentle for me (nice thought but I was still cross at the time believe me lol!).
The toothbrush comes in an oblong white and partially see through hanging box which has see-through plastic inside it to hold the toothbrush secure within it. On the front of the box I am told that it is Sensodyne Pronamel Toothbrush (that mine is soft) and that it is 'Designed to help protect tooth enamel' and to given 'Effective cleaning' and that it has a flexible gel pad. On the back of the box other information listed includes includes being told a bit about the toothbrush and contact details for GlaxoSmithKline (the manufacturer of the product) are given. Nice, smart looking informative box this is which has a plastic security seal to the side you open it.
A Bit About The Product According To The Information Stated On The Back Of The Box:
Designed to help protect tooth enamel
Effective cleaning specially designed for people with sensitive teeth
Sensodyne Pronamel toothbrush designed to help protect tooth enamel:
Patented flexible gel pad that holds the brush bristles to provide effective cleaning
Micro-fine bristle ends are gentle on the tooth enamel
The Toothbrush Itself:
Design wise this is a nice looking, high quality toothbrush. Starting at the top of the toothbrush you have a rather small brush head with longish white bristles which are reasonably soft to the touch on what appears a gel like head and that head is really flexible and attached onto the main body/handle of the brush by a small piece of plastic. The handle is long with gel ingrained into the parts you hold which give a rather good grip and a feeling of comfort and that handle isn't too wide but rather long and sturdy with the words Sensodyne Pronamel nicely engraved into one side of it. The brush comes in a few colour variations, mine is white and green handled with the gel head behind the bristles being a bright pink.
However though this brush really does feel and look quality I have struggled with it really. The head is so flexible that I find it hard to really clean my teeth and feel that they are clean enough. Maybe thats because though I have a soft toothbrush though from this range to be totally fair to it!
It is flexible to get to all the teeth in my mouth but I have now had this brush just over a month and my flatmate just today asked me what an earth I've done to it because the bristles are no longer stood up ready to use they are pushed to the sides like I need a new one badly!
This may be very gentle on my teeth, I can't argue with that and I certainly have had no bleeding from my gums since using this to be fair but I don't feel that this offers value for money seeing I shouldn't need to change it for 3 months and that it looks shabby but also that I don't feel it really does a good cleaning job either and I certainly wouldn't pay about £3.00 (in all good supermarkets and chemists) for this one.. though it served my flatmate right interfering with me I say lol.
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