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      18.09.2011 20:57
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      A great product for some, but not for me

      Background For the majority of my life I had no problem using a manual brush; however for Christmas my mother decided to purchase an electric toothbrush for both me and my brother (I am assuming that this was because Boots quite regularly does either a buy one get one free or buy one get one half price deal on these close to Christmas or the holidays). Packaging Standard tough plastic vacuumed style package which includes the electric battery handle part of the toothbrush, 2 toothbrush heads and a charger. The tops are colour coordinated with the main rechargeable battery part. How it works To assemble and charge the thing up you stick a toothbrush head which has a long narrow hole in the bottom onto the long narrow point on the top of the rechargeable handle. Next you attach this completed object to the charger which has a little bumby bit which matches a little hole in the bottom of the handle. Next you put the adaptor plug connected to the charger into the bathroom plug socket (if you have one). Pros There is much less hand and wrist movement involved with this device than there is with a manual tooth brush so it is ideal for people who suffer from arthritis or muscular disorders. If used correctly it can clean much better than a manual toothbrush. The charger seems to be pretty universal with two prongs so I imagine it would be convenient for people who travel a lot. However I have not tried this theory out myself. Despite the fact that it comes into contact with both water and electricity it is perfectly safe to use and recharge which I have always had a worry about. The toothbrush seems to be safe for most age groups providing teeth are properly developed. Cons The battery life could be longer in my opinion and it's a bit of a nightmare should you forget to charge it up every night. Thus you have to resort to using a manual toothbrush anyway which defeats the point of you having an electric one. The section between the battery handle and detachable toothbrush head can get very ugly if you don't clean it fairly often and it can stink and put you off using the toothbrush altogether. You really need a proper electric toothbrush or razor socket for the charger to fit and we no longer have one of these since our shower room has been remodelled, so now all our electric toothbrushes are obsolete. I am a bit fussy about other people using my toothbrush and there are no real defining features to tell the toothbrushes apart if your family has more than one. This also put me off using them. I have also found that the toothbrush could be more durable also my younger cousin dropped one of these toothbrushes on the floor and it no longer worked after that so that isn't a positive for me I am afraid. Overall As an electric toothbrush I think that it does a very good job, however these are not something I have ever been keen on or ever will be unfortunately. I am a solid manual toothbrush person.

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        31.12.2006 12:13

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        Dear Sir/Madam.I am writing this to make you aware that the Oral-B Crossaction tooth brush I have started using are loosing several bristles every time I use it, which makes it very uncomfortable to use. I do not like to have bristles between my teeth, or stuck at the back of my throat. Surely this can not be normal?

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        30.05.2005 14:25

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        toothbrush-a-rama - Advantages: ok toothbruch - Disadvantages: needs charging every 2 days

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        27.11.2003 07:18
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        I would like to tell you about Braun Aural B Toothbrush My son Ross as you all most of you know by now has Cerebral Palsy and for years he had trouble cleaning his teeth. He used to get a lot of mouth ulcers as he hasn’t got good hand control and used to have a lot of tremors. With the result his teeth were never as white as they should have been. He was forever breaking his toothbrushes and this was putting him off doing his teeth.I saw the Braun toothbrush advertised in the paper and I thought I would give it a go. It’s quite a while since we got it but I think I paid about £15 and the replacement heads were about £5 for a pack of two. I know you can get them for a lot less now in Semi Chem. We took it home and we had to plug it in for about sixteen hours for the first charge It had its own wee charger that you sat it on and it had a wee two pin plug to connect it to the electric point.I found with practise that once a wek plugged in with the charger was enough to keep it going no bother . If on the odd occasion I forgot Ross would tell me it was slowing down .it was so easy to charge as it was just placed on the wee stand and left to do its work. It would be ideal to take on holiday with you. It had quite a thick handle and was really good for Ross as it gave him a really good grip as he cant really control his grip if something is too thin. It had blue and white bristles that went a lighter colour as you used them and they needed replaced. The head also rotates quite fast. The first time Ross used it he couldn’t believe the difference in the whiteness of his teeth and he was able to control it no bother. The only drawback was he had to remember to put it in his mouth before he started it and before he took it out. My bathroom mirror had white spots every day for ages until he got used to it What was really good as well was the on and off control they were housed together under a blue rubber ring which you pushed in for on and off. This made handling it very easy for people with problems with their hands We couldn’t believe the difference it made to Ross being able to control this himself and how easy it was to handle it Now the sad ending to this story is that last week Ross took a tremor as he was taking his brush from the shelf in the bathroom and he dropped it down the loo. We had a really good laugh about it at the time and I offered to clean it with my steamer and put a new head on it but he insisted no way LOL So I will be reading the rest of the Opinions on here and I will be off to the shops to buy him a new one. He can’t have new specs and brown teeth now can he? Oh! Mam Oh! Mam what will I do I’ve dropped my toothbrush down the loo My teeth will no longer be nice and white My toothbrush will now be all s***e Don’t worry pal I’ll get you another Just you trust you’re smart wee mother Your teeth they will soon be gleaming And the girls will all be screaming Ps I'm sorry I couldnt tell you when It had to be replaced as silly Ross let it fall down the loo and again I'm sorry I couldn't tell you how long a charge lasted as I recharged it every weekend . hope you enjoyed the read :O) Margaretxx

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          05.10.2002 00:50
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          As I have mentioned previously, I am not a big fan of the dentist. I know going there is supposed to be good for me, but he scares me. Or rather all those big, shiny metal pointy hurty instruments do. I am only surprised that I haven't left my fingernails in the arms of his treatment chair before now! And hands up anybody who enjoys having plaque forcibly removed from their teeth by something the size of Excalibur? No, me neither. So, in partnership with my trusty Dentyl ph mouthwash (see earlier op if you can be bothered), I have recruited a Braun Oral B plaque remover (that's an electric toothbrush to you and me) into my arsenal. Mwah ha ha! :-) - Hmmm, Ok, plaque? I do hope that none of you are eating at this moment, as this might get a little unsavoury. Plaque is basically nasty stuff that lurks in your mouth, and can build up on your teeth over time if they are not cleaned regularly or thoroughly enough. It starts off as a soft, sticky deposit that can be easily removed by brushing, but then hardens over time to become the hard, calcified stuff your dentist has to scrape off your teeth. So what is plaque exactly? Well, bacterial colonies (with as many as 400 different types of bacteria in them) together with tiny bits of carbohydrate food remains and any other debris that happens to be floating around your mouth. (You see, I told you that you didn?t want to be eating while reading this). While most of us manage to remove the majority of plaque from our mouths with manual brushing, some still lurks between teeth and at the back of your mouth in what the toothbrush adverts like to call the "hard to reach places". Not only does it look icky, but it can cause gum disease and bad breath too. - Yes, but electric toothbrushes are so pretentious! Well, this is what I thought when I first saw them in the shops. They are only for the seriously lazy, surely? People who can?t be bothered to put the physical effort into brushing? I mean, who needs a labour saving device for something like cleaning your teeth? But well, this is not really the idea. Electric toothbrushes are not intended to save you the manual effort of brushing your teeth - they are designed to do a better job than you could manage to do with an ordinary brush. Finding this out was like turning on a little lightbulb above my head - ah, now I was enlightened to the true ways of cleaning my teeth. - Braun and brains The model I chose was a Braun Oral B plaque remover. Why this one? Well, partly because I trust the brand name and have used other parts of the Oral B range with success before, and partly from a recommendation from my dad. He has one too you see, and was singing its praises for ages after he started to use it. Good enough for me. I bought this model from Boots, where it cost me £35 - although I should point out there are a whole range of choices in the Oral B collection, ranging in price from £29 to the deluxe model at a whopping £65. A set of three replacement heads will set you back £11.50 (but each one lasts 2 to 3 months, so it is not too bad in the long run). - What do you get for your money? In your Oral B pack, you get your toothbrush, a brush head and a recharger pack. To get your brush up and running is easy enough - just twist the head onto the toothbrush, and put the whole thing onto the recharger base. Plug it in (a little green light on the brush will appear to tell you things are working) and then leave it for about an hour for its first charge. When it is all fired up, you simply take the brush off the base, and it is ready to go! The brush heads are quite a clever bit of technology, as they are designed to have "indicator bristles" that tell you how much use there is left before you need to fit a replacement brush head. These bristles are the long blue ones, which gradually fade to white from the tips downwards as you use them - when the blue indicator mark has shrunk to less than half of the height of the bristle, then you have used the head enough. Its all clever stuff and is an excellent way of reminding you when to change brushes. - But what is it like to use? Ok, I'll admit that he first time you use your electric toothbrush things are going to feel a little weird. When you flick the "on" button, the brush head seems to go a little crazy as it rotates at high speed - but don?t stare at it too long or you'll get toothpaste in your eye. Which stings. A lot. Anyway, having something in your mouth that moves so fast (I'm ignoring all your sniggering) seems to make your whole head vibrate, and I?ll admit it is quite unpleasant at first (and indeed remains so if you have a headache). But stick with it, as after about a week you mouth will feel so incredibly clean that you are unlikely to ever go back to a manual brush again. And over time I have quite grown to enjoy this sensation (*blushes*). My teeth are certainly cleaner and healthier since I started using my Oral B - even my dentist has noticed the difference. And no more pointy scrapey things! Yay! :-) Oh, and it is not just me who thinks this BTW. In a study by the University of Alabama, it was found that using one of these brushes "significantly reduces" the amount of plaque and gingivitis (gum inflammation and bleeding due to poor cleaning) in your mouth. Yay again! - Any down sides? I really wish that Braun would add a charging meter onto this brush - like the sort of thing you get on mobile phone displays to tell you how much power is left in the battery. There was no indication in the instructions on how long to charge my brush for or how often to do it, and nothing on the model to tell you when it had finished powering up. Only a minor niggle I know, but still kinda annoying. -The d etails... See: www.braun.com www.oralb.com www.wellbeing.com Oral-B Laboratories Limited c/o Gillette U.K. Ltd. Gillette Corner Great West Road Isleworth Middlesex TW7 5NP Phone: (44) 208-560-1234

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            11.04.2002 21:46
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            When it comes to the chore of cleaning your teeth, it is a much more interesting job if you get some assistance with the cleaning. Either you pay for a servant (out of my price range) or you buy yourself a Brawn Oral B Electric Toothbrush (just in my price range). After 2 years of battling with a Boots own brand device, my cousin recommended the Oral B. The choice of her dentist she said. What a difference it has made to my teeth. They now feel much cleaner after brushing and much whiter too. Before the brush would vibrate but the Oral B actually oscillates in a circular motion. This greatly aids the removal of plaque and other debris from between your teeth. Also, the brush heads are much smaller and are therefore easier to reach with when getting to the back teeth. The brush heads are far too big on the Boots brush. It comes with 2 changeable heads which were ideal for my husband and I. We have changed these since and were suprised what good value they are. I was expecting to pay a small fortune for an Oral B brush but they are only a few pence more expensive than a boots pack. You get 3 in a packet which is a not a good size for a family. Each head has a coloured band so you know which brush is yours. They simply pull off and push back on when changing them. Charging time is quite quick (2 hours) and it comes with a razor point 2 pin plug. OK if you have one of these in your bathroom. Otherwise, you will need an adapter for the plug. Once charged, you can get quite a bit of brushing out of it. Twice a day for 2 of us lasts about 10 days. It is quite expensive at £35 but it is a quality product and the replacement brush heads are roughly £10 a set.

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              22.01.2002 23:57
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              My dentist had recently made a recommendation to me that I should invest in an electric toothbrush, stating that they were, in fact, much more efficient at removing plaque than brushing manually. This I trusted, but I had had an electric toothbrush before. Many moons ago I was lucky enough to have one of the first generation electric toothbrushes (by coincidence this was also a Braun). It was a top of the range model at the time, (they were silly money then), not dissimilar in concept to this very latest Oral-B model. It was a very clumsy, bulky and fairly heavy affair (by today's standards). Overpowered too, with a straight brush head it really ate into the enamel of my teeth. Eventually the built in rechargeable battery gave up the ghost. The unit deteriorated by needing less time between recharges until it packed up completely. It was impossible to replace the sealed internal battery without destroying the unit and in any case even a brush replacement for the head of the unit cost an arm and a leg. The thing became no good to man or beast and I thankfully resorted to good old manual brushing again. Later was about the time when toothbrushes became 'plaque removers' with decent compact heads and had evolved into serious practical oral hygiene tools. I was reluctant to go back to electric after this previous experience, especially since I had spent top dollar on private professional dental treatment to restore the condition of my teeth and gums, which had been effected by the detrimental effects of 'brushing too hard'!!! Probably throughout the year's ownership of the electric toothbrush! That was several years ago now, and designs change, products improve, fashion goes and comes around. One also eventually gets taken in and succumbs to the latest fads? Braun claim that their oral-B plak Control ultra power toothbrush has been developed together with leading dental professionals to effectively rem ove plaque from all areas of your teeth. They also claim that more dentists in the world than any other recommend their electric brand. To that end they also claim that they are the number one selling electric plaque remover brand in the world! Well every manufacturer has something similar to say. I must admit when I see (or hear) drivel like this from any company or salesman. I am now conditioned into recognising it as a pun. Accepting my former comments though, I decided to invest in an electric toothbrush. It seemed that there were a couple of leading brands to choose from on the shelf of my local supermarket. Not only that, the designs of the brushes seemed incredibly similar and even the handles were almost identical! I very nearly went for an AA battery powered model of the other leading brand- it seemed more compact and fashionable. I had visions of buying and or recharging AA batteries for the rest of my life! No way! The rechargeable Braun model (although more expensive) seemed the only realistic option here. Made in Germany, the Braun unit seemed attractively packaged with one brush (hang on a minute, I thought they sold them in pairs!), a mains charging docking station and a multi-lingual instruction/ warranty sheet. I was dumbfounded however when I opened this package. It took me ages to figure out how to, for one! I very nearly cut my hands open on its sharp edges trying. The only way to open the rectangular shrink-wrapped moulded plastic polyurethane packet was to cut and destroy it with very sharp scissors or a scalpel blade! As soon as the unit clumsily came out of it's packaging I realised with horror that it had a two pin shaver plug moulded onto it's power lead. This is very cleverly disguised, being coiled up inside, and masked by the products card labelling. Now if you haven't got a two-pin shaver socket in your bathroom (I think the hotel down the road probably has), you'll either have to get one, or an adaptor to run this product. Fortunately I have (found) such an adapter and run the docking station in my bedroom, since I have no power points in the bathroom, (and neither should you have). You can't cut off the plug either, unless you kiss goodbye to the warranty, of course! Talking of warranties, an interesting aspect to this product is that Braun actually give a '12 month performance guarantee', this effectively means that if you are not convinced that the toothbrush 'significantly reduces plaque' you can send it back for a full refund at any time (in it's original packaging), with your till receipt, allowing 6-8 weeks for handling. (But what happened to the ORIGINAL PACKAGING!!!!!!!!!!). On commission the unit surprisingly already had some charge in its battery, but a 16-hour charge was recommended prior to use. My first brushing came as a pleasant surprise. Although bringing back memories of my first electric toothbrush, this one was refined, lighter, more quiet and, the main difference being the compact round brush head with two interdental tips which clean hard to reach areas deep between teeth. Afterwards my mouth felt really refreshed as if I had literally just a scale & polish at the dentists! Designed for daily use for the whole family. Braun state that during the first days of using the toothbrush your gums may bleed slightly, and that, in general, bleeding should stop after a few days. It is, of course, very important to brush your gums and although Braun mentions bleeding, I find the unit gives a good beneficial, gentle gum massaging action. It is important that one doesn?t press too hard or scrub. One should simply let the brush do all the work. Ultra-speed motion of the brush itself is supposed to transform toothpaste into micro-foam to penetrate difficult to reach areas where bacteria can hide. The motion of the circular, cylindrical head (brush) seems to go backwards and forw ards (and up and down), in a semi-circular stroke when enacting upon its cause. This is where the thing undoubtedly differs from its previous generation of design. I would say that the automated strokes of the brush pretty much line up with the natural gum edges of your teeth, making it difficult to brush incorrectly, which is good. The toothbrush can be used with any leading brand of toothpaste, but Braun does not recommend toothpastes with whitening agents. To avoid splashing, the brush head needs to be guided to your teeth before the appliance is switched on. I also found that only small quantities of paste are necessary since any excess seems to be plastered off the brush head into another area of your mouth. A brushing time of at least two minutes is recommended to thoroughly remove plaque. A two-minute timer (not incorporated in this model) memorises the elapsed brushing time and signals by a short stutter. To be honest I would say that for the considerable extra expense of the model with this feature it would seem hardly worth it or justified. Dentists recommend that you replace any toothbrush every three months. Therefore the brush head is provided with indicator bristles. (I think they are nylon). Several outside edge green coloured indicator bristles (the rest are white), are supposed to monitor brushing performance and brush head replacement. With proper brushing twice a day for two minutes, the colour will disappear half way down the bristles in a three-month period, provided you use the toothpaste. If the bristles splay before the colour recedes this means you are exerting too much pressure on teeth and gums. Replacement brushes appear to be sold in pairs and although they seem readily available buying two at once is not something you'd probably do with a normal toothbrush. It just adds to expense. It really is amazing Braun have the Gaul to only include one in with the product! The toothbrush is elec trically safe (it works on a 2.4 Volt rechargeable battery), and can be used in the bathroom without hesitation. The base unit is plugged into an electrical outlet (note the two-pin mains plug!) and the handle on the charging unit. The led charge indicator on the toothbrush handle then lights up (and stays lit). A full charge takes about 16 hours and this will provide an operation time of about thirty minutes. For everyday use, the handle can be stored on the plugged-in charging unit to maintain the toothbrush at full power. Overcharging is impossible. Because the unit has a built in Ni-Cad battery, a recommendation is made that in order to maintain the maximum capacity of the rechargeable battery, the charging unit should be unplugged and the handle discharged by regular use at least every six months. Battery removal is impossible without opening the handle of the appliance, which destroys it and invalidates the one-year guarantee. My thoughts on the Braun are mixed really. I think that its design is not in any way perfect. It is still a 'bottom heavy' item that is difficult to stand upright on a bathroom cabinet. One remains unsure whether to just lay the item down sideways (and see it roll), or perch it up (and see it tumble). It's best left in the charger, probably with the mains socket permanently left on, with it's bright led glowing boldly. Despite the compact brush, I still get mixed vibrations from the clumsy bold handle of the unit. I wonder if the next generation of design will be a lot smaller, maybe with a lithium-ion battery instead, since I do get a perception of when the power runs down and the brush seemingly runs slower or more sluggishly. It's best to keep the battery saturated, constantly 'topped up', ready for use. So when I go on holiday, I'll probably take the charger base unit as well. Even though a week or so is possible out of normal charge, my guess is that it wouldn't run as e fficiently as it runs down anyway. The base unit is a clumsy little block with rectangular edges. This seems too light for a docking station (lighter than the whole handle and brush itself). I remember on my previous electric toothbrush that occasionally when docked, the led wouldn't light due to a bad, dirty or worn, (or wet) contact to the battery base. I can't see much difference in this latest design. This meant that if you docked the unit for charge without verifying that the led was lit, you could get no charge at all, then next time you picked the unit up it could be as dead as a dodo until you charged it properly. Time will tell if Braun have got around these points. All in all though, I would certainly agree that everyone should have an electric toothbrush. They are undoubtedly better than ordinary brushes and now extremely affordable. A must have!

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                06.09.2001 04:50
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                The Oral B Ultra Plaque remover is not quite all it's cracked out to be. I used to think that a quick push around my mouth and my teeth would be sparkling clean as the brush would do all the work. However, whilst browsing at the replacement toothbrush heads, I came across some disclosing tablets. These are red tablets that you chew turns your mouth bright red and shows up the places you have missed. I bought some out of curiosity and tried them out with my electric toothbrush. Firstly, I chewed the tablets and brushed my teeth as normal with my electric toothbrush. I then looked at my teeth and found that it hadn't done such a great job after all. I was a bit shocked! I then brushed my teeth again and had to apply quite a bit of pressure. This is not recommended by Braun, but it was the only way to remove the dye particularly on the molars and premolars. It wasn't just a matter of letting the brush do all the work. It also took more than the timed 2 minutes. It took about 4 minutes. This is a bit disappointing because the toothbrush heads don't last very long using it in the way Braun recommends. If you want to clean your teeth properly it's going to be a very expensive business as about £3.50 -£4.00 a replacement head. It would only last about 1 month. Apart from that, the toothbrush works well, but only if you use it properly and with greater pressure.

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                29.03.2001 05:20
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                In 2000 I made the New Year's Resolution to take better care of my teeth, as although I only have ever had a single filling and generally my teeth aren't that bad I thought they could do with a bit of pampering (sad isn't it!) I bought a Braun Plaque Remover Electric Toothbrush and it has certainly made a difference. In the beginning I was sceptical about the cleaning capability of this toothbrush, especially given the fact that the cleaning head is a lot smaller than the conventional toothbrush head that I had been used to. However the adage that "It isn't how big is it, but what you do with it!" (this seems applicable to everything from aardvarks to zebras in this day and age!) rings true, as the head cleans via rotary motion, which is much more efficient than a reciprocal motion brushing action. The brush heads have indicators on them, and I find that whilst I get through one brush on average every three months (but then I sometimes brush three-four times a day!), which makes it an expensive option at around £7.50 a pack of two brush heads, it is well worth it. (However a Boots card can sometimes get you a knockdown price - have got two brushes for a fiver before now!) The small head also means you use less toothpaste. In fact the pea sized amount is what is recommended by manufacturers for young children otherwise. Given the fact that Oral B are behind the brushes, perhaps the pea size amount is actually a suitable amount for adults as well as children. The unit charges quickly and once charged lasts for quite a lot of brushes. There is a timer which tells you (via an intermittent brush action) when you have brushed for long enough although I find this is too short. All in all this is a great product, having cost me a mere £13.99 in Safeway. I have not regretted it.

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                I believe that a smile is important. It not only indicates that you are friendly but can smooth the way to overcome all sorts of difficulties. Who can resist someone who smiles? Of course if you want the smile to work you'll need some nice sparkling teeth. A grin with yellow stained teeth won't have quite the same effect. So what we all need is a good toothbrush! The Braun Oral-B for example. This does the trick - well it seems to work for me. The model I had given to me as a present costs around £30, though you may well get one for less if you shop around. The toothbrush stands proudly on it's charging unit, while not in use, and has a brushhead that can be replaced when it is past its best. A brushhead seems to last me 2-3 months. A pack of three replacements cost £7.99 in Argos. The brush part is small with central bristles and longer coloured bristles on the outside. These green bristles gradually fade with use to indicate when a replacement is needed. These longer bristles get right between the teeth much deeper than with a normal toothbrush. So lunch doesn't partly stay with you all night wedged between your molars or whatever. The brush is very easy to use. Simply switch on and the head oscillates at quite a speed. Do one tooth at a time. It doesn't take long - depending on how many teeth you still have! About two minutes is average and there is a timer that will tell you when you have reached this optimum brushing time. The tooth brush is recharged when needed by plugging into a shaver socket. There is a green light indicator to verify that the charge is working properly. They've thought of everything! When I first used the Braun it took a little bit of getting used to and it did make my gums bleed. But don't let that put you off. Initially it felt like one of those cleaning brushes that a dentist uses. But now that I'm an experienced Braun user it's just a part of my routine that I don't really think about any more. So if you want to get your way with a smile try a Braun!

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                  I’m very surprised to find myself doing an opinion about an electric toothbrush because up until recently I had never had any thoughts of getting one. A combination of my brother getting one and being enthusiastic about it and a couple of very favourable Dooyoo reviews (the power of Dooyoo) made me consider it. So while out in town at the weekend I decided to visit Boots to check out their range of brushes. Not looking to spend a fortune, I started at the lower end of the market which was a Braun Plaque Remover which had a £10 reduction on it bringing it down to about £25. It looked OK and the box said it was recommended by more UK dentists than all other electric toothbrushes combined, which sounded promising. Moving up the Braun range, Boots had two more which were also reduced but in the £30 to £35 price bracket which was more than I intended to pay. Apart from the price, there didn’t seem to be much difference between the cheapest and dearest other than the odd feature like an alarm sounding to tell you when the two minute recommended brushing time was up or a slightly quicker spinning speed. I decided to give it a bit more thought and left without buying one. Next stop was Asda’s and after getting the rest of the stuff I needed, I thought I may as well have a look and see if they had any brushes. When I found the right aisle I spotted a Braun box which turned out to be the same as the cheapest one at Boots and was an almost identical price. Lower down the shelf were some more brushes including some battery operated electric ones which I didn’t know existed. These ranged from a very basic model at £4.99 up to a fairly smart looking one at £9.99 and I must admit I considered getting one. Then I noticed another Braun brush, but without the fancy box and priced up at only £13.99. The Braun 6011 came sealed in a plastic see through package and contained just the brush and a recharging unit and I assume the budget pr ice could be mostly attributed to the no frills approach. I decided get it because at this price it was a very good buy in comparison to the battery ones. When I got home I thought I’d better open it straight away because there was bound to be some charging time needed before I could use it. From what I’ve written already about the packaging you would think opening it would be a piece of cake but this was not the case and in the end the only way I could get into it was to attack it with a pair of sharp scissors. I think Braun could probably re-think the way this brush is packed because it should definately not be this hard to open. After finally getting in to brush I checked the instructions to see what I had to do next. The instructions came in the form of an English/Spanish/Portuguese guide and was very good, covering charging, using and cleaning, all of which were accompanied by very clear numbered diagrams so you could hardly go wrong. The brush needed a 16 hours charge which would be enough for 35 minutes of use, or around 9 days brushing at the rate of 2 minutes/twice a day. It also said it was impossible to overcharge the unit so the brush could be left plugged in on its charging stand to maintain full power. I left it charging overnight. Next day, when charging was complete, I used it for the first time after going over the intruction sheet once more. The main guidelines were: Don’t use toothpastes with whitening agents. Do one tooth at a time, including the surrounding gums. Don’t press too hard or scrub. Use for at least 2 minutes. It also said that sometimes your gums may bleed slightly after using this brush, but this should stop happening after a few days. A good feature is that the bristles on the brush head are coloured blue with the colour gradually receeding because of use. With proper use, after about three months the blue should have gone half way down the brist les and this means it is time to replace the brushhead. If the bristles become splayed out before the three months are up, it says you are applying too much pressure during brushing. I followed these guidelines and used my new brush for the first time and was very impressed with it. The action of the brush feels a bit like having your teeth polished at the dentist and my mouth felt very fresh after use. It took a little bit of getting used to because of the size of the brush handle but I did not experience any bleeding gums, which pleased me. It obviously remains to be seen whether the brush will keep my teeth in a better state than a conventional brush. Overall I’m glad I bought this brush and see why others have recomended them. Incidently, I popped into Tesco’s today and noticed that their Braun electric brushes start at around £20 and I’m pretty sure that was for the same model as mine, so if you do intend buying one I’d get one quick from Asda’s.

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                    07.01.2001 02:22
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                    I,ve always found teeth cleaning a bit of a chore and never felt I did a very thorough job. However with the help of a Braun Plague Remover electric toothbrush my teeth really do feel clean after use.The model we have has a two minute timer- after two minutes are over the vibrations of the brush change and so you know you've done your time though you can do longer if required. For your money you get the toothbrush with two brushes and the re-charging unit which obviously need to be attached to the mains. Replacement brushed are widely available in supermarkets and chemists but are rather expensive at around £7.99 a time. The Braun is a lazy persons answer to teeth cleaning as you just need to move the brush around your mouth makling sure that you reach to the very back. Since using the toothbrush we have needed no dental treatment though the dentist still recommends the use of dental floss. When you first start to use this toothbrush your teeth feel really clean but after a few days you get used to it. If you ever need to go back to manual brushing, as we do on holiday, it's really tiresome not having the electric toothbrush with us and the teeth start to feel less clean. Definitely worth buying if you like to look after your teeth.

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                    08.12.2000 17:21
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                    My dentist recommended that I start brushing my teeth with an elecric toothbrush, I have a condition which effects my coordination so I wasn't cleaning as well as I should. I purchased a Braun plaque remover and it has turned out to be one of the best gadgets I have ever bought, brushing my teeth has become a real "labour of love". When I went for my check up last week, my dentist remarked on how clean my teeth were - there was no scraping or fillings just a quick polish and I was on my way. I wish I had got one years ago, it's made a big difference to my life - brushing my teeth is a lot of fun now. Update 6 months later ..... ..... I've just been for a check-up, no fillings, no scraping, infact my teeth were so clean that I didn't even have to have them polished.

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                      11.11.2000 18:00
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                      Braun Oral B plaque remover. A rechargeable toothbrush with a small oscillating head, which is claimed to be more effective than ordinary brushing with regular toothbrushes. Available in a just about every chemist and supermarket, they do vary in price, and there are several different varieties in the range. We have two Braun toothbrushes in our house. Initially my husband bought mine for a Christmas present many years ago and paid something ridiculous for it, (Around £70, I think) I have had no problems with it, although my teeth were very sensitive a bit of perseverance on my part has improve the sensitivity of my teeth. This brush has no problem thoroughly cleaning my teeth; the head is small enough to access all part of my teeth, even the furthest away back teeth. It leaves my teeth feeling sparkly and clean. It does give me a bit of a tingly nose when I use it though. This brush has a timer and is waterproof. It is recharged on the charger stand supplied, unfortunately, the plug is a shaver type, so you will need to acquire a suitable plug or socket. The head are easily removed and are readily available in most chemists. I do not constantly use the same paste as we live in a busy household, and there is no real continuation of many products. I cannot, therefore, attribute the improvements to the toothpaste. My children love to use mine, so when available, we bought them the lower end of the scale version, which unlike mine has no timer, but there are very few differences other than that .The children’s brush cost £20 and is money well spent as far as I am concerned. A drawback is the cost of the replaceable heads that is really quite high, but I guess that is a price we have to pay. But I would still recommend this brush to a friend.

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                        11.10.2000 02:20
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                        I always considered electric toothbrushes to be just a gadget until I recieved one for Christmas. I still cannot believe the difference it makes. My teeth feel really smooth after use & my mouth seems to stay fresher for a lot longer. One great advantage is the smaller head size, this means to borrow a phrase, the brush gets into smaller places. No ammount of manual brushing could equate to the work the electric brush can do in a fraction of the time. Another great advantage is that children seem to enjoy using an electric brush, in my mind anything that encourages children to brush their teeth is money well spent. The Braun brush has removeable heads enabling mulitiple users, each head has a coloured band to indentify the user. There is no way I would ever consider going back to an ordinary toothbrush now.

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