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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally converted to using a power toothbrush, 7 Aug. 2011
This review is from: Braun Oral-B Triumph 5000 Five-Mode Power Toothbrush with Wireless Smart Guide (Personal Care)
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This was not my first time using an electrical toothbrush, I had previously used one about ten years ago (a Phillips) and had given up on it for several reasons: 1) the cost and limited design of replacement heads, 2) It didn't hold its charge for that long and 3) I had a tendency to use too much pressure and cause my gums to bleed.

The Oral-B Triumph 5000 addresses all of these problems and is a far better toothbrush for it. I don't know if it was the way in which I used it but I seem to remember that the old toothbrush had a habit of spraying toothpaste everywhere as well - again this Oral-B brush does not have that problem.

This brush comes with three different toothbrush heads: 1) Floss-action, 2) Sensitive and 3) 3D White. There is a fourth type available to buy which is the Precision Clean Brush Head. I started off using the Sensitive head as I was a bit concerned that the more aggressive brushing action of a power toothbrush might cause problems. Initially, as the instruction booklet advises, my gums did bleed slightly the first couple of times that I used the brush but that soon sorted itself and now it is a real pleasure to feel that extra freshness/cleanliness that using one of these brushes provides. As to the cost of replacement heads they work out roughly the same as buying a half-decent toothbrush - I've seen a pack of 4 priced at round about the eight pound mark.

With the digital guide that comes with the brush you can set the length of cleaning time that you want and it will tell you (via audible and flashing light signals) how long to brush each zone of your teeth - a visual guide divides your mouth into 4 quarter zones. It also warns you if you are pressing too hard on the brush (red flashing light and beeping sounds) and when the allotted time that you have set has passed and cleaning is complete you are rewarded with a smiley face (great for kids).

There are a couple of things worth noting. If you don't have a shaver socket in your bathroom you will need to buy an adaptor ( about 80p - £1) as the charging unit comes fitted with a two pin shaving plug. Charging of the brush is not described very well in the accompanying booklet; you are told that when you connect the unit for charging the brush, a green light on the brush will start flashing (which it did) and that when charging is complete, the green light will stop flashing - I had mine on charge for 24 hours and the light was still flashing!! However I guessed that it must be charged and started using it - the charge lasted well over the ten days quoted in the booklet.

So, all in all this brush is a huge leap forward from the last time that I'd used one and I am now fully converted to the use of a power toothbrush.
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