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The Oral B professional care 8500 rechargeable toothbrush is great because it has two easy to use brushing modes, a clean mode and a sensitive mode to promote healthy teeth and gums in all areas of the mouth.
The brush itself contains a Ni-MH rechargeable battery which needs charging for at least 16 hours before the first use (mine took 24 hours to charge fully), and once charged lasts for up to two weeks of brushing twice a day which is really good. It also has a charge indicator so you know when the power is beginning to run low.
There are two brushing modes: Clean mode requires one press of the button and is supposed to remove twice as much plaque than a manual toothbrush and Sensitive mode requires two presses of the button and operates at a reduced speed for sensitive areas. The brush heads pulsate at 40 000 times a minute to gently remove plaque and there are 8 800 side-to-side movements per minute to sweep plaque away. My previous toothbrush had been from the Sonicare range and I must admit, this Oral B brush seems to do a better job as my teeth feel much cleaner.
The brush features a pressure sensor control which stops the brush pulsating if too much pressure is applied and the professional timer makes a short stuttering sound at 30 second intervals within 2 minutes to remind you to brush the four quadrants of your mouth equally. I felt that compared to my old Sonicare brush this one was quite noisy.
Included in the box are two precision clean brush heads and a sensitive brush head along with two different coloured O rings for identification purposes.
The top of the charger unit pops up quite neatly to reveal storage space for four brush heads and it can be mounted on a wall using the kit supplied which includes the back plate two screws and two wall plugs.
In addition to this you get a hard plastic travel case in which there is space for the brush and two heads.
I think this product does achieve noticeable results and it is great that a couple of brush heads are included as these are quite expensive to buy. I got mine half price at £34.99 and at this price it represents good value for money.
This electric toothbrush is very professional and easy to use. It is approved by dentists and leaves your teeth feeling clean. It also naturally whitens your teeth.
It uses oscillating and pulsating to give you a good clean and feels soft on your gums.
It comes with rather a large bulky charging box that has 4 compartments in it for storage of extra brushes. This can be placed on the wall near the charging socket to keep it out the way.
The Toothbrush takes around 16 hours to charge up and when charging has a flashing blue light to tell you that charging is taking place. However the only way of knowing when it needs charging is when it slows down and stops, you just hope it runs out after the two minute clean.
The handle is very easy to hold and grip and confortable to use.
When using the toothbrush it does a single pulse every 30 seconds telling you when to change sides or move top to bottom or vice verse and after two minutes pulses four times telling you that you have done a full two minute clean. The is also a speed control enabling you to reduce the speed by keeping you finger on the on/off button. When you switch it back on it goes to the factory set speed.
1) It comes with a flexisoft brush head which is recommended for every day use. The replacement heads also come with little plastic rings which you can place at the bottom of the head enabling more than one person to use the toothbrush. The bristles change colour with use telling you when you are ready for a replacement head. The heads tend to last aroung 10 weeks of everyday use. You use about a pea sized blob of toothpaste.
2) A probright brushhead which is designed for polishing and naturally whiten you teeth. It is a head with a small plastic/rubber ring type shape in the middle with a ring of bristles round the outside and an extra row at the top and bottom. Just put your pea sized blob of toothpaste on as normal. My dentist told me to use it every 10 days or so.
3) A tongue freshener which you put a drop of mouthwash on and drag it from back to front on your tongue. It looks like a triangle with rubber nobbles on the top of it.
4) An interdental cleaner that cleans between your teeth. It acts a bit ilke a tooth pick. You get five replacements picks with it and these can be used about three times.
All replacement heads are available on the Oral b Website.(www.oralbdirect.co.uk)
The Toothbrush is currently £69.99 from the Oral B website or £89.99 from Boots which is how much I paid about 1 year ago
Toothbrush heads £12.00 for 4 heads
Probright brush heads £9.99 for 2
Not sure about Tongue cleaner
Replacement picks £2.49 for 25
Cleaning of the toothbrush is easy just rinse it under the tap and give the charging storage box a clean with a cloth.
The toothbrush is suitable for use on all the family. Infact we used to have a right fight with my two year old in the morning and at bed time to clean her teeth with a manual toothbrush. Then we started using this and we now dont have a problem at all. I think it must feel softer than a manual toothbrush and does not hurt as much on her tender gums when she has teeth coming through. Just use less toothpaste than you would with a manual toothbrush.
All in all I would recommend this toothbrush for all the family. You only need the one toothbrush just get extra replacement heads.
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Features: A pressure sensor helps protect your gums from excessive brushing, Step-less speed gives optimal control and personalisation, 2 minute memory timer, full charge indicator, comes with 1 FlexiSoft brushhead, 1 ProBright brushhead, 1 tongue freshener and 1 interdental cleaner with 10 replaceable picks, and a charger unit with brushhead storage / Short name: Oral-B 8500