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is the reputable producer of wide range of dental products for both consumers and practitioners. Just for toothbrush alone, it produces myriad of innovative toothbrushes that make purchasing one a very difficult choice as majority of them have such a great “marketing” feature that sound technologically superior (eg Dual Clean, Precision Clean) and you wonder if you left out something if you purchase one over another.
Luckily the choice selection to purchase a electric toothbrush is less involving for me since the NTUC store only carries 3 types of electric toothbrush from Oral-B. Among the attractive offerings, I purchased the beautifully named battery-operated toothbrush, Oral-B CrossAction Power Whitening Battery Toothbrush because it is the cheapest but yet provides the most value for money due to its 2 brushes.
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Manual or Electric toothbrush ?
Even in this age of electric product, it is surprising many still shun electric toothbrush thinking that it is just gimmick amidst of proven scientific research of its effectiveness. Many still prefer to use manual toothbrush thinking that it is lot safer and simpler to use and control. A major disadvantage of manual toothbrush is that it is less effective in cleansing the teeth due to constraint movement of the brush in the mouth and tiresome straining of hand that result in inconsistent effort. No matter how innovative the manual toothbrush is, it is still dependent on the effort of the hand which can tire easily. Not so for the electric toothbrush as it make cleansing look effortless. Because the brush is control electrically rather than by hand movement, the brush cleanses consistently in any reachable part of teeth. In fact the high speed movement of the brush whether running in circular or vertically motion is more effective in clearing debris from the teeth than manual movement since the teeth is clean multiple times by the rotating brush.
My own experience of using electric toothbrush is that the first time I use it, I wonder why I never try it earlier. Since then, it has become indispensable part of my life. Initially it can be painful experience as the hard brush injure the gum causing it to bleed. However after few days, the brush will soften and brushing become second nature.
The major advantage of manual toothbrush is its cheap cost. One can get it very cheaply as he want it to be by foregoing effectiveness and brand. Even the cheapest battery-powered toothbrush easily cost more than $10 and the brush replacement is even more costly. Moreover the loud electric sound generated by rotating motor sound may even be irritated enough to drive off potential users.
Nonetheless, the advantages of electric toothbrush certainly outweigh its disadvantages, and for those who yet to try it should at least try it. Using it might just be life-changing for you (just like wearing contact len versus eye-glasses).
Tips in using electric toothbrush
- Invest in rechargeable battery because battery consumption is quite high as battery need to change every month from my experience (depend on individual’s brushing pattern)
- When not in used, always place the toothbrush with the brush facing downward to prevent water from slipping into the motor mechanism. Commonsense prevails that the toothbrush should have been water-tight since all toothbrush always been show with brush facing up with even toothbrush holder designed for such position. However in reality, water from the brush does enter gradually into the motor compartment due to gravity which will shorten the toothbrush’s lifespan. I should known since I have been placing toothbrush in different position. With the brush on top, the electric toothbrush last around a year and when face downward, it lasts three years.
CrossAction Power Whitening Battery Toothbrush
I purchased this toothbrush at NTUC for around Singapore $25 and it comes with a AA Duracell battery ready to be used. The brush replacement comes in a pair and it costs $19. As for reason I choose Oral-B product over other brands of electric toothbrush is because my prior purchase of electric toothbrush from Oral-B lasts me almost three years before the electric motor stop working and hard plastic start to crack. So I expect my latest purchase to last at least two years. The toothbrush is made of hard plastic and is very sturdy but then avoid dropping it because hard plastic is easy to crack.
It is no brainer why this toothbrush is called CrossAction. Apart from the ubiquitous circular brush, it also integrates a flip-flop brush, which together create a dual cleansing action. If two heads are better than one then likewise for two brushes. In usage, I have to say it is highly effective and very usable (admittedly I doubt its effectiveness initially thinking that second brush is just marketing feature, though I can’t say the same for “Whitening” ). I too like the sound when the motor hard at work brushing. Even after few days of usage, I already like it better than my previous purchase .
Well, that’s it for the review. Hope that the review helps you to try a electric toothbrush if you yet to, and better still, CrossAction Power Whitening Battery Toothbrush.