SOLVED: How to remove a stuck Oral-B toothbrush head

You shouldn't be able to see these bits of an electric toothbrush

You shouldn't be able to see these bits of an electric toothbrush

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Braun Oral-B electric toothbrushes are great for keeping your teeth clean, but what happens if you can't pull the head off to replace it? The head on one of ours simply refused to budge, until we pulled it so hard that the head itself came apart - revealing the springs and pins of its inner workings.


An electric toothbrush head shouldn't be hollow

An electric toothbrush head shouldn't be hollow

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We were initially a bit confused by this; maybe the toothbrush heads were different to the usual sort. The toothbrush head, pictured here after removal, had nothing in it but a bit of grime from years of use. And yes, it had been a couple of years, and we had changed the head once at most.


Sit the toothbrush in hot soapy water for 10-15 mins

Sit the toothbrush in hot soapy water for 10-15 mins

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A phone call to the Braun service centre quickly put matters straight. We had indeed pulled the toothbrush head apart, and the mechanism part had clearly fused itself to the metal shaft that sticks out of the toothbrush body. The technician said that we should replace the head every few months (which we knew, but didn't stick to), but also recommended that we remove the head after every use to keep it properly clean. She said that the cement-like gunk that toothpaste creates can easily stick the parts together. Indeed! Well, we were told to try soaking the toothbrush in mildly soapy boiling water for a bit, then to try pulling the head innards off.


Pull hard with pliers to remove the old toothbrush head

Pull hard with pliers to remove the old toothbrush head

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After a bit of soaking in soapy boiling water, we grabbed the head with pliers and pulled - and it came off! We were then able to slot a new, standard head on, and all was finally well.


electric toothbrush instructions

electric toothbrush instructions

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Of course, we could have avoided all this palaver if we'd read the instructions more carefully! They state quite clearly, "After use, rinse the brush head for several seconds under running water with the handle switched on. Then switch off the handle and remove the brush head. Rinse both parts separately under running water and wipe them dry."



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by Ayers on 04 August 2013 Reply
Thanks for this! Spent a wee while trying to pull the head of mine off before finding your post. Never even thought to try hot soapy water - seems so obvious now! :-)
by John Swindells on 04 August 2013 Reply
Glad to help! It's amazing that Braun doesn't publish this neat tip on their website, don't you think?

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