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Firm & Well Designed For Fantastic Fangs!,
This review is from: Oral-B Complete Clean 40 Firm Manual Toothbrush (Personal Care)
On a short holiday away recently I forgot to take my Philips Diamond Sonic toothbrush charger with me and upon reaching my destination discovered that the Sonic brush had three days charge of power. Undaunted by this fact, I bought Oral-B Advantage Adult 40 on the strength of the product's main advertising and pricing. My own Sonic brush has a medium to hard bristle head with five different speed settings and of course not having the speed option as opposed to the speed of my hand, the return to an "old fashioned" "manual" toothbrush wasn't as big an issue as I discovered.
Although my teeth are pretty good, I'm a big coffee drinker. I have about two to three cups of filter coffee a day when I'm at home working and when I'm out and about or staying with friends, I tend to drink instant coffee. Therefore the build up of tartar is pretty big when coffee is drunk and the back of my bottom set of teeth are the worst for tartar build up. When it came to using this brush I found some very surprising results.
Firstly, the bristles on this brush are a mix of medium soft to firm. There are four different coloured bristles on this brush that have been purposefully designed to reach all corners of the mouth in general and I was surprised at first as to where the "firm" part of this brush lay in. On the outer perimeter you will find medium soft brushes whilst the centre has a packed in layer of hard brushes designed to do most of the work. At the top of the brush which is probably the better part for me, there is an extended angle of brushes that are soft to the touch - but when it comes to use - the bristles suddenly become harder as usage and time goes on.
Secondly, this toothbrush is well designed for hand comfort and controlling when moving to the "4 angles" of my mouth. The handle has a mix of rubberised and ribbed sections that deftly show you where or how to hold the brush and a rather nifty thumb rest towards the bristle head that, when pushed allows the brush to have a degree of flexibility when being used. Extra ribbed on both sides, this is one manual toothbrush that never falls from my hands and is soft and flexible enough to allow comfort in general use.
When it comes to performance - Oral B Advantage Firm does what it says on the box. I was quite surprised to find that this toothbrush can fairly scrub away the tartar build up on the back of my teeth, also helped by that elevated angle of soft bristles. Though not all the bristles are firm, I quite like this aspect as an entire firm brush head has torn the sides of my mouth before when in use. More importantly, though this brush is one of those disposable types, it does have longer lasting filaments at most and it has a tongue scraper on the otherside of the bristle brush head - even though it appears to be a tad small given that this is an adult toothbrush.
One last aspect that I must point out - whether it is due to the well designed brush head or the layout of the bristles - when it comes to using either toothpaste gel or toothpaste cream type products I'm happier that this bristle brush doesn't produce as much foam. The brush can used the tiniest amount of toothpaste to get a good clean and on that basis it is hard enough for hard dirt and soft and comfortable on other areas of my mouth in general use. The bonus of an efficient clean with very little toothpaste is a bit of an eye opener! Thanks for reading. (c)NR2 2013.