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Old 12-05-2008, 9:23 PM
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Hi all,

Just after a bit of advice really. Searched through all previous posts but couldn't find a topic about it but was just wondering what electric toothbrushes people recommend?

I currently use a 'manual' toothbrush but want to move to electric to ensure I get a thorough cleaning each time I use it and one of my main goals is to whiten my teeth and I've heard certain brushes are better at this.

Can anyone recommend a really good one that will whiten and has the best possible features? I have a budget which is a maximum of 90, but this is an absolute maximum.

Also does anyone know the best sites for discount dental products and accessories please?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 12-05-2008, 10:23 PM
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Oral B 8500.
How to find a dentist.
1. Get recommendations from friends/family/neighbours/etc.
2. Once you have a short-list, VISIT the practices - dont just phone. Go on the pretext of getting a Practice Leaflet.
3. Assess the helpfulness of the staff and the level of the facilities.
4. Only book initial appointment when you find a place you are happy with.
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Old 12-05-2008, 10:32 PM
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Oral B 8500.
Thanks, I take it that's better than the phillips one then?
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Thanks, I take it that's better than the phillips one then?
The ultrasonic ones are very overrated. And excessively expensive.
How to find a dentist.
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2. Once you have a short-list, VISIT the practices - dont just phone. Go on the pretext of getting a Practice Leaflet.
3. Assess the helpfulness of the staff and the level of the facilities.
4. Only book initial appointment when you find a place you are happy with.
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Old 12-05-2008, 11:25 PM
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superdrug are doing the oral vitality sonic ones for half price (about 13 quid I recal), I got one for my daughter and she thinks it's fab
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Oral B 8500.
Toothsmith - there appears to be an 8500 and 8500 DLX - is the DLX the one to go for?
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Old 13-05-2008, 10:03 AM
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Started with the Braun ultra , very good but buy the 'heads' via the web , I seem to wear them out quickly.

Now I am on a very expensive Philips sonicare .
No contest.... my teeth are worth the extra. Yes I paid over your budget - 100
but you might find it at your price!


Hint .. use any elec brush for the first time in a locked room:rolleyes:
Its very easy to make a bit of a mess til you get it right.
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Toothsmith - there appears to be an 8500 and 8500 DLX - is the DLX the one to go for?

The speed will be the same, and it's the speed that's the important thing, so unless you prefer the other whistles and bells then no, the basic one will do as good a job.
How to find a dentist.
1. Get recommendations from friends/family/neighbours/etc.
2. Once you have a short-list, VISIT the practices - dont just phone. Go on the pretext of getting a Practice Leaflet.
3. Assess the helpfulness of the staff and the level of the facilities.
4. Only book initial appointment when you find a place you are happy with.
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Old 13-05-2008, 11:16 AM
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Braun Oral-B Professional Care 7000
same brushing speed,pressure sensor and timer as the 8500 but cheaper!
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The speed will be the same, and it's the speed that's the important thing, so unless you prefer the other whistles and bells then no, the basic one will do as good a job.
ok thanks.

I've seen you recommend the Triumph 9500 too - are there any major differences?
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Braun Oral-B Professional Care 7000
same brushing speed,pressure sensor and timer as the 8500 but cheaper!
I keep getting the numbers wrong!!!!!!!!!

Ok - yes go for the 7000!!
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Old 13-05-2008, 6:40 PM
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I have the Oral B Triumph.
it has a soft setting for the kids and a handy (if a little gimmicky) Smart guide display that works via bluetooth to tell you how long you've been brushing and if you're applying too much pressure.
I was able to purchase mine from the BDA Conference in Manchester for a dental health professional rate of £30!
I really like it too.

It has the Which? best buy award and retails in Boots for £139.99 currently.
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I got the Oral B 7000 given to me as a Christmas present. It is terrific. I have bought one for my 80+year old mum (she still has all her own teeth) and she is really pleased with it too.
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I'm after one of these as well - from this will be looking at the Oral B 7000.

Anyone recommend anywhere to buy from - i'm getting told that the 8500 and 7000 are discontinued.

Are their updated version the ones to go for?

These seem OK prices....

http://www.moderntimesltd.com/prodty...cordPosition=1
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I'm using the Triumph. I got it for less than 60 from Amazon a few months ago. Agree the timer thing is a bit gimmicky but it does mean I do brush for the proper length of time (I think I always used to rush with manual brushing).

That said, I seem to recall seeing a Cochrane meta-analysis in 2003/4 saying that electric toothbrushes were no any better than manual ones.
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Old 17-04-2009, 5:21 AM
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I have an oral b professional care brush - i think it might be a 5000XL but not sure!

It is the only electric one I have had so can't really compare with others but it seems a lot better than my OHs and flatmates vitality range brushes.

Mine was half price in boots so cost less than 20. Things I think are useful to think about are:

I don't think you need to spend a fortune on a brush. Also consider the price and availability and choice of brush heads.

At work and amongst my friends, no one has found the sonic brushes to make a substantial difference compared to other electric ones to justify the extra costs.

Get rechargeable - don't consider the battery ones - they spend very little time at full power so aren't as effective.

The one i have has some good features above the basic brushes. I find the timer (it interupts brushing briefly every 30 seconds) helpful particularly as it has a 30 sec warning and a different sounding marker for 2 mins. My OHs only has it every 2 mins and it feels like it takes forever to sound and he doesn't always spend an equal amount of time on each side of his mouth. I find that my charge lasts longer than his vitality too. My final thing against the vitality compared to mine is that the vitality has a different handgrip which is difficult to clean - it always looks grubby cos dirt gets trapped in the grips.

I know your question is only about brushes but i would thoroughly recommend seeing the dental hygienist. I put it off due to the cost (45 for about half hour) and in the end had to go twice to make up for some time of tooth neglect but it has made an amazing difference to the whiteness of my teeth. I was considering cosmetic whitening before but now I don't need it.

The electric brush plus interdental brushes and mouthwash are helping me maintain the whiteness, but the hygienist visit is what really made the difference. i can't recommend it enough!
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Old 17-04-2009, 7:17 AM
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They did a test on the gadget show a while back. Here's the link http://fwd.five.tv/gadget-show/blog/...mme-2-weblinks
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I'm using the Triumph. I got it for less than 60 from Amazon a few months ago. Agree the timer thing is a bit gimmicky but it does mean I do brush for the proper length of time (I think I always used to rush with manual brushing).

That said, I seem to recall seeing a Cochrane meta-analysis in 2003/4 saying that electric toothbrushes were no any better than manual ones.
Quite correct Mr Rush- There is no difference providing You use the manual one effectively, but thats the main problem. Not many people do.

Personally i use the Sonic Care brush. There is no evidence that it is any better, but i do find my patients that use it, tend to have less problems with gum disease and need less fillings if at all.
Of course it could be the fact that someone who is willing to spend a 100 on a toothbrush is someone who cares enough about there teeth that they are less likely to have problems anyway!

If you do go for an electric toothbrush, then get one with a circular head as there is evidence that it works better.
Oral B is good. Personally i love the Sonic Care.
Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou to everyone who has helped.
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Old 23-10-2009, 11:45 PM
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I'm bumping this to get views on the new Oral B range.

The new Oral B 1000 pulsates 40,000 times per minute and rotates 8800 times per minute. This matches the older 8500 and 7000.

Is the new range any better (possibly in terms of battery)? Or are they no different than the older range?
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Hopefully they'll be selling them cheap at the dental showcase in November :rolleyes: (trade show)
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