Dental Care

Oral-B Electric Toothbrushes

What makes Oral-B electric toothbrushes stand out in the crowd?  Take a look at what's available on the market to decide where you're going to plunk down your hard-earned dollars. 

Your aim is to buy a toothbrush that's going to make a real difference in the way your teeth and gums will look and feel. 

The American Dental Association (ADA) has a nonspecific position on which toothbrushes it endorses. 

Its biggest recommendation is simply to brush, no matter what you use for this purpose, for at least two to three minutes. 

It only specifies that the utensil should be one with a small head and soft bristles, and it states electric toothbrushes are of particular benefit for those who otherwise fail to achieve proper brushing technique.

Whether you buy an Oral-B electric toothbrushes Triumph model or its successor, the ProfessionalCare SmartSeries 5000, you are buying a substantial piece of technology that offers you many features to protect and preserve your teeth and gums.  It offers both oscillation and pulsation, with 40,000 pulsations and 8,800 oscillations per minute.

Braun, the manufacturer of the Oral-B electric toothbrushes, believes its toothbrush design and action will remove more plaque, thus reducing your chances of gingivitis. 

The Cochrane Reviews, a database of scientific abstracts, cited research by P.G. Robinson et al performed in 2005 that backed up the Oral-B's claims and added that no other toothbrush was superior.

Besides its oscillation-pulsation action, the Oral-B electric toothbrushes also offer "cupping power technology."  This refers to curvature of the bristle head so that the brushes can reach in and around most aspects of a tooth-and all aspects if you use sufficient wrist action! 

There is also a Smart Guide, which is actually a screen that shows you exactly how long you've been brushing.  The toothbrush sets for two minutes of brushing, and it alerts you every thirty seconds to switch to another quadrant of your mouth. 

It even offers an indicator light in case you're brushing too hard.  This is a big plus for those who brush so vigorously that they cause their gums to recede. 

You can even provoke tooth over sensitivity by brushing too hard.  And when you're not brushing, the Smart Guide displays a regular clock-handy for keeping you on schedule during other parts of your daily hygiene.

With the Oral-B electric toothbrushes, you will find different options for brushing intensity; the default setting is Clean.  But you can also choose Sensitive, which is especially useful for people with sensitive gums, and there are also settings for Massage and Polish or Whitening.  The Deep Clean mode removes 99.7% of the plaque from even the least accessible areas of your mouth. 

It's got the bells and whistles you need to keep you apprised of its own health, too.  When you're estimated to be ten days away from needing a new brushing head, it lets you know.  When it needs to be charged, it lets you know. 

With the Oral-B electric toothbrushes there are multiple attachable brush heads to choose from.  It's a good idea to alternate your choices:

  • The Precision Clean Brush Head provides an all-around thorough brushing.
  • The Dual Clean Brush Head offers additional attention to gums.
  • The Pro White Brush Head incorporates a small cup into its design that polishes your teeth for a naturally whiter smile.
  • The FlossAction Brush Head imparts micropulses to the bristles to reach the tinest crevices. (Flossing is still de rigueur.)
  • The Pulsonic Brush Head gives you whiter teeth in two weeks' time.

You also don't need to spend an arm and a leg:  While the ProfessionalCare SmartSeries 5000 model with several attachments can cost a hundred bucks or more, there are other models and options in case your pockets aren't that deep. 

You can try out the Oral-B Professional Care 1000 toothbrush for about half that amount.  The least expensive model, the Oral-B Vitality Sonic Rechargeable, available for about $15, boasts sonic technology to drive its Crisscross bristles at the impressive rate of 20,000 times per minute. 

There is also an Oral-B electric toothbrushes base station charger with a protective cover, waterproof in many models, useful when you have to recharge your toothbrush (about every two weeks).  A charge level display lets you see how close you are to needing a recharge.

And, incidentally, it's equipped with a SmartPlug, which means you can probably use it abroad -the voltage meets the specifications in many countries, but you might need a prong adaptor.  Check with your travel agent or hotel reservation clerk when you schedule your trip. 

If you still haven't considered whether an electric toothbrush is for you, consider that you definitely will become a better brusher once you own one. 

It's just human nature -the people who decide to spend the extra cash for one of these wonderful gadgets are more likely to take the time that's necessary for a proper job.  And that's something to smile about!


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