I thought it was just me, but apparently not. According to NHS UK, most adults in the UK have gum disease to some degree, and most people experience it at least once.
Mine was exacerbated during lockdown to the point I thought I was going to be toothless by the time dentists reopened.
Now please don’t think I’m lazy when it comes to oral hygiene because I’m not. I floss, I use those stick things, I have an electric toothbrush and as I love coffee and red wine, I’m always cleaning my teeth. But during lockdown losing my quarterly trips to the hygienist for jet washing (sonic water cleaning) had a real detrimental effect.
Fortunately, disaster was averted in the nick of time as trips to the hygienist resumed. Discussing my routine for the umpteenth time, I decided that it was probably time to upgrade the toothbrush from the Oral B I had been using for donkey’s years.
It was now on permanent charge which was a hassle when travelling. When I last purchased an electric toothbrush the market was pretty limited just like the technical spec. Of course, now, buying an electric toothbrush feels like you need a degree in engineering and a second mortgage.
This dilemma was solved when I was offered an OCLEAN X Pro Elite to try. First impressions were positive – sleek design and the USB charger meant no need for extra bulky plugs. The first couple of tries were OK, the sound is a sonic one which took a little getting used to and my teeth felt clean, but I still wasn’t sure what all the fuss was about.
Then I realised I hadn’t removed the safety tag off the display panel – and that’s when my dental life changed!
So for those of you who, like me, don’t bother with manuals, the display screen is easy peasy to set and use. I selected a time – who knew three minutes was so ridiculously long when cleaning your teeth?
There are 4 modes: clean, sensitive, massage and white (I chose white). There is an app, (of course there is an app) to keep track of your routine, but for me the real bonus is the smart screen display which has revolutionised how I brush my teeth.
The display showing me which areas I’m missing, is helpful, and the timer forces me to keep brushing when I think I should’ve finished. This all leads to deeper cleans and healthier gums.
However, does it work and is it worth the money?
It is a resounding yes, my teeth are whiter, feel cleaner and the gum situation has improved greatly. I’m sure there is more to offer if, and when, I get round to reading the manual and downloading the app, but even without that I am happy, happy happy with this toothbrush.
For those of you who DO like technical spec:
- Brushless motor which brushes at the speed of sound (maximum 42,000 rpm)
- WhisperClean™ technology that reduces noise to below 45dB – outperforming market leaders
- AI algorithm that gives you recommendations on how to improve your brushing technique
- A battery life of up to 35 days and Qi Quick Charge technology (enabling it to fully charge in just 3.5 hours
This triple award-winning brush retails at £74.