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Made by Philips this is the most basic of their rechargeable Sensiflex Toothbrushes as it comes without a timer (others in the range have a system where they automatically switch off after the recommended period of brushing).
***Description*** The HX1507 is white with a blue on/off button located on the handle. The head itself consists of a small blue and white rotating section for cleaning and polishing your teeth topped by a section of fixed longer bristles which are designed to get between your teeth and remove anything nasting lurking in there. The neck of the brush is hinged so that if you press too hard it will snap backwards with a loud click alerting you to the fact that you are brushing too hard - hence the name Sensiflex. The brush comes with a charger/stand.
***Recharging*** Someone mentioned to me about the recharge life of the brush and I realised I had not mentioned it. You are able to recharge the brush approximately 1,000 times after this you will probably have to buy a new one. Considering that I have had the brush for around 6 months and have only had to recharge it 3 or 4 times it should last for years and years and years.
***Where can I buy it?*** The range can be found in most supermarkets and highstreet beauty retailers (Asda, Boots, Superdrug, Argos etc).
***Accessories*** You can buy easily changeable replacement heads which cost around £8-£14 for a box of 6. So far I have been unable to find heads in different sizes so people who like large headed brushes may not be happy with this product.
***My Experience*** I bought this toothbrush a couple of months ago as it was on special offer in Boots for the bargain price of £14.99 (reduced from £24.99).
I'm an electric toothbrush virgin because my concern has always been related to brushing too hard and damaging tooth enamel. However, according to the claims on the box this toothbrush has been designed with the click system to prevent this from happening so I decided to give it a whirl.
On opening the box I could immediately tell that it was not going to be difficult to work out how to use this toothbrush. There is no assembly required. The brush arrives with a head already attached (this just twists off if you need to replace it). The rechargeable unit just needs plugging in (you will need a shaver socket for this) and the toothbrush easily slots onto it and starts charging up. You don't need to press any buttons it starts charging all by itself. The charger also has two holders for spare heads just in case more than one member of the family uses the unit.
The instructions tell you to charge the unit for 24 hours prior to first use then you are ready to go. After the initial charge you should let the unit run down until it struggles to spin and then recharge fully again.
So after leaving the unit plugged in for the required length of time I was excited and nervous about using an electric toothbrush for the first time.
Now I never knew this before but you brush your teeth differently with an electric toothbrush compared to using a manual. None of this scrubbing business. You start at the back of your mouth and clean/polish each tooth separately for a couple of seconds, remembering to do the backs as well, before moving onto the next tooth - to clean your whole mouth should take around 3 minutes. This does take some getting used to and I really struggled to start with as the natural inclination was for me to brush up and down like usual. There was also a lot of clicking going on as I had obviously always pressed too hard with my manual brush. However, after a couple of goes I'd got the hang of it.
I suppose the real question is do my teeth feel any cleaner? The answer is a resounding yes! I didn't realise how yellowish my teeth had become. Since using the Sensiflex brush my teeth are much whiter and generally feel much cleaner. It would be nice if it had the built in timer but I would definitely recommend this brush and would not hesitate to buy one again should my current model stop working for any reason. Fingers crossed my dentist will be happy at my next visit.
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