The Oral-B Pro 2000 is the number one, best-ever selling electric toothbrush.
Best seller it may be, but let’s find out if it deserves its reputation as a brilliant, low to mid-price range brush.
A short while back, the Oral-B Pro 2000 would have been considered a top of the range brush and would have come with a premium price tag.
With new, premium price, feature packed, Oral-B models being introduced at regular intervals, more basic models can be picked up at vastly reduced prices.
This can be good news for bargain hunters, and it’s certainly the case with the Pro 2000.
If you shop around, you now get the Pro 2000 for less than £35. Although that’s not exactly cheap; remember you are getting a high quality electric toothbrush with enough features to satisfy most folks.
The Pro 2000 may lack some of the “nice to have’s” of some more expensive brushes out there – but that’s not to say it’s not a good choice. So let’s go through why this brush might be just right for you.
- it uses the same advanced brushing technology as Oral-B’s latest models
- it comes in at about a third of the price of its more expensive cousins
- it’s the best selling electric toothbrush of all time
- it’s simple to use
- it has same range of compatible brush head types as the latest models
- it’s a high quality brush at a very reasonable price
Oral-B Compatible Brush Heads
The following list are the brush heads compatible with this model.
- Cross Action
- Floss Action
- Precision Clean
- 3D White
- Sensitive Clean
- Ortho Care
- Interspace head
- Dual Clean
- Deep Sweep
The bristles of the cross action head are set at a 16 degree angle. Apparently 16 degrees is the optimum angle for enabling the bristles to reach and sweep away the plaque in those hard to reach places in between each tooth.
When brushing with all cross action head toothbrushes, you have to modify the way you would normally brush with a manual toothbrush. It’s dead simple to get used to it; you just hold the brush against each surface of each tooth and systematically move from one tooth to the next.
The small toothbrush head surrounds each tooth and the dynamic movement of the 3D cleaning action adapts to your teeth as it oscillates, rotates and pulsates to break up and remove plaque.
The Oral-B Pro 2000 is pretty straight forward device to operate and it’s easy to understand anyone not bothering with reading the instructions, but here’s some advice. This is a powerful little devil with 8,800 rotations and 40,000 pulsations a minute; so don’t make the mistake of switching it on before it’s in your mouth.
It you do hit the on-button before it’s in your mouth you will decorate your bathroom with toothpaste. You wouldn’t believe how often I hear about it happening.
The marketing hype claims that this type of brush head and cleaning action can remove 100% more plaque than a manual toothbrush. Well, we all hear this type of exaggerated claim everyday and wisely ignore it.
However, an independent study did find that rotating brushes removed over 10% more plaque than manual brushes.
That 10% of extra plaque removal reduces your chance of gum disease by 20%!
The Pro 2000 toothbrush is compatible with a variety of Oral-B brush heads, including Precision Clean, Floss Action, Dual Action, Sensitive Clean and 3D White. The only exceptions are the Pulsonic and Sonic brush heads.
This brush head compatibility is very useful in a couple of respects. Firstly you have a wide choice for you own needs and secondly, if you share a brush, others can use their own favourite brush head type.
This is an oval, rotary-style brush head and comes as standard with the Oral-B Pro 2000. Despite the name, this is does not mean you should not floss regularly.
This is a smaller, rounder brush head than the Floss Action. The size and shape allows for a more precise clean of each tooth surface.
This is the Oral-B’s best selling replacement brush head, despite the fact the Floss Action brush heads are reported to be the most effective at plaque removal.
Although this is the same size and shape as the Floss Action, it’s unique in that it has a rubber polishing cup at its centre; rather than bristles. The idea has been taken from the equipment used by your dentist to polish your teeth.
This brush head is only intended for use by those over 12 year-old.
This is a round and small brush head that has extra-soft bristles. It’s aimed at those who have sensitive teeth and gums. You don’t need a lot of pressure or hard bristles to remove plaque everyday with regular brushing.
This brush head has been designed for those with dental braces, as it’s suitable for cleaning around orthodontic wires and brackets.
It has the smaller, round design shape and size as the Precision Clean. The big difference is that this brush head has fewer tufts of bristles that are smaller and more widely spread out. This gives the bristles more room to fully splay out and reach under the orthodontic wires and between the brackets and gums.
The Interspace electric toothbrush head is specially designed to clean around bridges, crowns and other dental work.
This is Oral-B’s smallest brush head, the small size makes it easier to clean between teeth and those hard-to-reach places in our mouth.
The dual clean has two moving brush heads. The top brush head has Oral-B’s standard rotary action, the lower head swivels back and forth.
The sales pitch claims that the dual clean gives a thorough clean of teeth and gums, even in difficult to reach areas of your mouth.
It’s so big, I’m not sure about how effective can be, so it’s a thumbs down from me. If used on a daily basis, it also needs charging about every 5 days as the motor has to work harder than with all other brush heads.
Different than all of the other brush heads in this list, this one has a shape and size that’s similar to a normal toothbrush.
The 3 white rows of bristles and the dark blue top tuft sweeps up and down your teeth vertically while lighter blue bristles in between the white bristle rows behave like manual brush bristles.
Oral-B claim that Deep Sweet brush heads remove 100% more plaque than a manual brush and 76% more than the Sonicare Flexcare.
The Pro 2000 has two different cleaning modes available at the push of a button. The Daily Clean option is the standard mode for everyday brushing.
The Gum Care mode is a gentle brushing mode for gently stimulating your gums. It’s a handy option to have as it many people can develop sore gums if they brush too hard or indeed too often.
Dental professionals are very much aware that many of their patients actually brush their teeth too aggressively. Brushing too hard can damage your soft gum tissue and wear away the enamel surface of your teeth.
Most electric toothbrushes now come with some sort of pressure sensor; the Pro 2000 features a visual indicator that lights up to alert you if you start applying too much pressure on your teeth and gums.
This is one of the most beneficial reasons for using an electric toothbrush; they help you brush with just the right amount of force and prevent excessive brushing.
To get the best results from brushing you should spend the same amount of time on each of the four sections of the mouth, top right, top left, bottom right and bottom left. This ensures that all areas of the mouth get a consistent cleaning time.
Almost all modern brushes now incorporate a timer that lets you know when the full two minutes brushing time is up. More sophisticated timers known as Quadrant timers take your brushing effectiveness to the next level by breaking down the two minutes into four, 30 second signals. Just brush each quadrant until you get the signal to move onto the next section of your teeth.
The time spent on brushing teeth is reported to be just 46 seconds on average; that’s not nearly enough to do the job thoroughly. Most people tend to rush things when brushing so a timer really keeps you focused on brushing for the correct amount of time.
In the Pro 2000 model, the timer it works by producing a short stuttering sound you can hear and feel after each 30 seconds, when your two minutes are up the brush emits a longer stutter.
Charging the brush
As with all electric toothbrushes, you do need to fully charge the Oral-B Pro 2000 before using it for the first time. This can take around 18 hours but you really do need to fully charge it first time around. There’s no problem with leaving it to charge over night.
A fully charged brush will last about a week or so with the recommended twice a day, 2 minute brushing.
Recharging is simply a matter of plugging the charging unit into an electrical outlet and sitting the toothbrush handle on the charging unit.
You may find the brush needs recharging more frequently over time – you should deplete the battery by not placing it on the charging station until it is fully discharged – and then fully recharge it. The manufacturer recommends you deplete and recharge your brush every six months; if you do that, you should continue to get a week’s worth of brushing out of a single charge.
Note that it comes with a 2 pin charger (as all bathroom small appliances have to do), so make sure you have a 2-pin to 3-pin adapter, or buy one at the same time you get a brush. You may think this is a bit of a rip off, but it’s the same with all bathroom electrical appliances, it’s against regulations to supply the adapter with the appliance.
It’s not often you get a choice of colours with an electric toothbrush but there is also a pink version of the Pro 2000.
Quite often a household with have more than one electric toothbrush, often the same or similar looking model, so having a colour choice can be helpful.
Oral-B Pro 2000 – What’s in the Box
- 1 rechargeable toothbrush handle
- 1 charging station with brush head storage
- 1 Cross Action brush head
As stated at the beginning of this review, this is the all time best selling electric toothbrush and comes with many of the features that come with models that cost up to twice or three times the price.
It’s now heavily discounted to fill the gap between the basic models and the newer high priced models.
If you are on a tight budget, don’t overlook the Oral-B Pro 2000; it’s a top brush at a very modest price.
Standard Blue model:
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