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Unsafe at any speed
Reviewed in the United States on June 1, 2020
UPDATE 9/18/2020 As you can see from the photo there is a small piece of cylindrical metal next to the toothbrush. I was brushing my teeth & realized though the motor was making plenty of noise the brush head was no longer rotating. So I stopped and resumed brushing with a manual toothbrush. Then I realized something was stuck between my teeth. Floss couldn't get it out. I used an interdental brush. And there it was, a small metal cylinder. Not having had metal for breakfast, I must surmise it came from the brush head which no longer works.
Okay, lets think about this, as much as I initially liked this toothbrush, if it is going to eject pieces of metal into my mouth then it is "unsafe at any speed."
I still like this toothbrush; however, it only came with two brushes. I just swapped out with the second brush. I cannot find replacement brushes. In fact, I cannot find Gloridea toothbrushes at all. So even if you find Gloridea toothbrushes for sale, I cannot recommend them because there are no replacement brushes.
Original review: I bought this brush to replace a two year old Oral-b Vitality Floss Action Rechargeable Power Toothbrush in which the battery was lasting 2 days on a charge. I have used that brush or its predecessors for at least 20 years. They helped me -- with regular Periodontal professional care -- to defeat Periodontal (gum) disease. The Oral-b brush with small head is 5 stars. But, this brush is possibly even better!
The Oral B brush head wags back and forth so that as you brush your teeth and gums it is actually going up and down on your gums. This is akin to using a manual brush and instead of going with a sideways or rotary motion, you use an up and down motion. I have never had a dentist or periodontist recommend that motion. The motion on the rotary toothbrush is just that: the brush head moves in a circular motion, much like the tool a dental hygienist uses to polish your teeth. Plus 1 for the rotary toothbrush.
Brush head: The Oral b brushes are much harder than the rotary. That said, the rotary spins at a higher rate than the Oral b wags. This difference makes the rotary brushes feel harder because it is that much faster. This means -- that you should apply less pressure with the rotary toothbrush compared to the Oral b. Oral b-Rotary: Even.
Modes. The Oral b has one mode of operation. The Rotary offers "Cleaning, Sensitive, and Massage." Cleaning mode is a very fast, steady rotation. Sensitive steps the rotation down a notch. With gum issues, the cleaning mode is too harsh for me. I would recommend whatever your situation, use the Sensitive mode to start. And again, apply just enough pressure to let the rotating brush do the work. The Massage mode gives a wah-wah variation to the rpms of the brush head. I just stick with the Sensitive mode to massage my gums. Your option.
My regimen: 1. Apply a dab of toothpaste to the brush head. 2. Before turning on the brush, smear this toothpaste on top and bottom teeth. 3. Now turn on the brush head. For Sensitive mode depress the start button a second time. Check visually to ensure that "Sensitive" is illuminated. Begin by resting the brush head on each tooth individually. Once around the top outside, then again inside. The same for the bottom. Let the brush do the work. Do not press. The rotation stutters every 30 seconds to let you know where you are in the 2 minute cycle. 4. Next, angle the brush head so it is at a 45 degree downward angle to your gum line. Lightly, tooth by tooth, top and bottom, outside and inside. 5. Finally, massage the gums -- gently -- top and bottom, inside and outside.
Convenience. The Oral b comes with a recharging pedestal. No matter what you do, toothpaste residue will run down the brush collecting where the the brush head affixes to the body and then all the way down to the base of the charger. Before charging the Oral b, I scrub the base of the brush and the charger stand for good contact. The Rotary brush does not have a stand. Some toothbrush residue will collect where the brush head attaches. The Rotary brush stands on its own. To recharge, simply plug it into a regular USB socket.
Plus 2 for the Rotary.
Battery. I bought the Rotary brush because my Oral b batteries do not last more than 2-3 years. My initial rotary charge took over 14 hours. I plugged it in at 10 a.m. and when I hit the sack at midnight it was still charging. The charge lasted 28 days! The recharge was under 4 hours (I didn't sit there and watch, it was less.).
The Oral b, even new, had to be charged every 7-8 days.
Plus 3 for Rotary.
Will the rotary battery outlast the Oral b? Even if it is even up, the price is still a lot less for the Rotary. I'll follow up on that -- hopefully in a couple years.