Monday, May 14, 2012

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Oral-B ProfessionalCare 3000 Rechargeable Toothbrush

I have been using a lower end Oral B electric toothbrush for years. I have been a big fan since I bought my first one maybe 6 years ago. The model I've owned is quite simple and not very powerful, but it did its job.

When Karen asked me if I wanted to try a new and better toothbrush I jumped at the chance. After all I loved my basic one for so long. I was sent the Oral-B ProfessionalCare 3000 with 4 unique brush heads, quite an upgrade for me!

The first thing you notice when unboxing your Oral-B 3000 is that the charging base is designed to hold multiple brush heads. The very second thing you notice is that the Oral-B 3000 comes with 4 unique and specialized brush heads: Precision Clean; Dual Clean; Pro Whitening; and the Sensitive Brush Head. I was so excited I didn't know which one I wanted to try first! (There are two versions of the 3000 in existence . . . one with an upright base like mine and one with a horizontal base.  Both come with the same four heads and have identical technology.)

The toothbrush itself is sleek and slightly smaller than my old one, which is nice as I want my brush as small as possible. The charging base works very much the same way as my old one which is fine, the mechanism is simple and it works. It is also easy to keep clean.  Just wipe it down.

I ended up trying the Dual Clean first but was overwhelmed. The large head combined with the brush's power was a bit much for me. I should say however that I have a pretty sensitive gag reflex and the large brush was just slightly too big for me, but I think most would find it fine. It did clean very well during my brief test. The next brush head I tried was the Pro Whitening and I found it very comfortable. This head has a small rubber cup in the center much like a professional dentists polisher. In the short time I have owned the Oral-B 3000 I have not seen the whitening effect, but my teeth feel very clean after each use and I look forward to whiter teeth as I continue to use it.

My current favorite however is the Sensitive head. I think I like this one the best because the Oral-B 3000 is very powerful and it balances out nicely for my teeth and gums. I am sure as I become accustomed to the increased power I will be more comfortable with the other heads, maybe even the Dual Clean.

The only negative I have about the brush is that the most powerful speed setting is the very first speed that starts when you turn it on. And it is VERY strong. And if you do not want to make a toothpaste mess you really need to put the brush in your mouth prior to turning it on. So you need to endure the highest speed in your mouth right away before you can cycle it down to the very comfortable middle speed.

Overall the Oral-B ProfessionalCare 3000 is a great toothbrush. I love the variety of brush heads and the ability to tune the speed to fit the head and my preference. I can clearly see the quality is as I expect from Oral B and I know I will enjoy it at least as long as my old one. (Even though the first speed is chainsaw!)

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Through June 16th, you can snag a $10 off Mail-in-Rebate good on select Oral-B Powered Toothbrushes, including four ProfessionalCare toothbrushes and a Sonic Technology toothbrush.  If you're stuck for a gift for Dad this year for Father's Day, a rechargeable electric toothbrush from Oral-B would be a great idea, especially with a $10 savings.

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Thank you to Oral-B for providing a complimentary product sample for us to base this review upon and for providing a second product for our contest prize.

PLEASE NOTE:  The prize for this contest is an Oral-B Professional Care 3000 electric toothbrush.  The winner will receive either the model pictured below or the model reviewed here today (whichever is available at the time of prize fulfillment).  The technology is identical, but the bases where the heads are stored are designed differently.

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Good luck in the drawing!