Oral-B Electric Toothbrushes
Not all electric toothbrushes are made equal, but that doesn’t mean to say you need to splash out on the latest and most expensive models.
As you will discover, you can improve your brushing habits without breaking the bank.
In fact, for less that £35, you can buy a top performing toothbrush that will help you look after your teeth and gums for years to come.
Table of Contents
On this page you can find answers to many of the common questions asked about Oral-B and their range of electric toothbrushes.
If you have any questions that are not answered on this page please email me and I should be able to help.
You can navigate to any part of the page by using the table of contents below:
Why Choose an Oral-B Electric Toothbrush?
Part of the P&G Company since 2006, Oral-B is the leading brand in the electric toothbrush market and commands a large slice of the power brush market.
What is particularly impressive about Oral-B is the range of brushes they offer. They cater for most budgets so you don’t need to need to spend a great deal to test out whether power brushing is right for you.
Oral-B brushes tend to be about 15%-20% cheaper than their Sonicare equivalents, this is particularly true for the lower price models.
Oral-B are famed for their brush head technology and rightly so. They offer a wide range of brush head types that can be easily swapped out in a couple of seconds. This allows one brush to be shared between multiple people.
The CrossAction toothbrush head is supplied as standard, it has a criss-cross bristle configuration set at a 16 degree angle. The CrossAction effectively cleans teeth along the gum-line and reaches deep in between teeth to loosen and remove up to 100% more plaque than a manual toothbrush.
Oral-B provide a two year warranty with an optional third year if you register online so you can expect your brush to last well over three years.
Most Popular Oral-B Brushes
It’s tempting to just say that every brush Oral-B produces is popular but here’s my pick of a very large bunch.
At the budget end of the Oral-B range is the Oral-B Pro 2000, the best selling electric toothbrush ever.
It comes with just two brushing modes, a daily clean mode and a gum care mode but that’s adequate for most people. It also comes with a pressure sensor and timer so you don’t brush too hard and you do brush for the recommended two minutes.
The Pro 2000 is simple to use, relatively cheap, but has everything you need to keep the dreaded plaque away.
Marginally more expensive is the Pro 3000, basically the same as the Pro 2000 but it comes with an additional mode specifically for those with sensitive teeth.
If you suffer from tooth sensitivity, the Pro 3000 provides excellent value for money.
The SmartSeries models takes into the mid to high price range of brushes and incorporates high tech to help us brush more effectively.
Pick of the SmartSeries brushes is the Oral-B SmartSeries 6500.
Finally we get to the new star of the Oral-B range of electric toothbrushes, the Genius 9000.
Packed with innovative technology it tracks your brushing habits via an app on your smartphone and let’s you know where you need to improve your brushing technique.
How to Charge your Oral-B Toothbrush
Don’t expect to be trying out your new brush as soon as it arrives, you are going to have to fully charge it before using it for the first time.
There is some variance in charging time depending on which Oral-B model you have. The range can be anywhere in between 16 and 24 hours. It’s perfectly safe to leave it charging overnight.
It’s tempting to try out your new purchase before it’s fully charged – don’t be tempted, let it fully charge. If you don’t fully charge it first time around it seems to affect how often you have to subsequently recharge it.
Recharging the handset after it has been used will generally take a few hours less than when first charged, but it’s still going to take a least 12 hours to fully charge.
The charge of an Oral-B brush lasts around 10 days with regular brushing. As your brush ages it might start to lose its charge after only a few days. To rectify this; fully deplete the battery by leaving it on until the battery is completely flat – and then recharge it.
Typically users leave their brush charging in the charging stand when it’s not in use, that’s not a problem.
Note that all electric toothbrushes come with a 2 pin charger. That means you need to have a 2-pin to 3-pin adaptor to hand.
It’s against regulations for manufacturers to supply a 3-pin adaptor with any small appliance used in the bathroom. You can purchase a 3-pin adaptor separately for around £1.
How Oral-B’s Technology Fights Plaque
Why is plaque removal so important?
Plaque is a soft, sticky film that builds up on your teeth and it contains millions of bacteria. If the bacteria are not removed by regular brushing and flossing it can cause tooth decay and gum disease.
Oral-B’s oscillating/rotating/pulsating brushing action helps remove more plaque than manual brushing with the help of a wide range of brush head types.
The CrossAction head has been proven the most effective head for plaque removal and comes as standard throughout Oral-B’s range of electric toothbrushes.
The small oval head features specifically engineered bristles that are designed for optimal tooth coverage. The bristles reach deep between teeth to remove plaque and leave your whole mouth cleaner than a regular manual toothbrush.
The brush head oscillates and rotates at a rate of 8,800 brush strokes per minute. In addition to this action, there’s an added pulsating motion that creates movements as high as 40,000 pulses per minute.
How to Brush with Your Oral-B Toothbrush
The first step after applying your toothpaste is to guide the brush head to your teeth. Don’t switch the brush on before it’s in your mouth otherwise you’ll end up splattering toothpaste everywhere.
After powering on, move the brush head slowly from tooth to tooth along the gum line spending a few seconds on each tooth surface and don’t forget to brush your gums as well as the teeth.
Spend equal amounts of time on each tooth surface, first brush the outsides by angling the brush heads so they reach in between teeth. The brush the insides and the chewing surfaces before moving onto the next tooth.
There’s no need to brush or scrub, just hold the brush against each surface and the let the brush do the work.
Are there Models for Children?
Bright and cheerful colours and a choice of themes that include:
- Disney Cars and Planes
- Disney Frozen
- Disney Princess
- Disney Star Wars
The rotating brush head has extra-soft bristles and perfect for smaller mouths.
An innovative way to help your kids brush longer, the Disney MagicTimer App by Oral-B features Disney characters. The app is available on the App Store and Google Play and provides the following features:
- As your child brushes their teeth, they can unveil a secret Disney image. The longer they brush, the more the image is revealed
- Children can earn badges and rewards the more frequently they brush
- There’s a calendar to track the child’s progress over time
At under £20 this brush is a worthwhile investment for helping your children improve their brushing habits but I do have some reservations about the product overall.
The app could be more fun and the brush does need recharging after only five days of use.
Although double the price the Philips Sonicare HX6311/07 for Kids provides a much higher fun element and a single charge lasts up to 21 days.